Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand20,165 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The drive to Mount Olympus is quite exciting. It goes through farmland and tracks up the side of the mountain. It is located on the other side of the mountain range fro the other club fields so the drive is a bit longer. You need to carry chains at all times if you are heading there. We hired out a high clearance 4WD which was fortunate as it was quite snowy when we went.
You first arrive at the bottom hut which also had some beds to stay in. You radio from the bottom hut to let them know you are heading up and they let you know what is needed to come up. We had to fit chains before driving up. Once at the carpark, we headed up to the shed to put on some tow belts. There is a sign to tell you where to collect tow belts. The belt is needed to get up the access rope tow.
The bottom tow is beside the shed. They were quite nice and gave us advice on how to use the tow since it was my first time. They stopped the line and it wasn't too hard getting up from there. At the top of the access rope tow, head up the beginner's tow to get to the top hut which doubles as a lodge. The hut is where you can grab a day pass. They accept chill pass clips here.
There are two other rope tows that take you to the top. They alternate on the side you get on which prevents getting too tired on one hand. You do need to flick and clip since you generally come at the tow while moving forward.
The snow was really soft and quite fluffy. Some areas of nice powder. There wasn't a piste run per se. It seems to be more for advanced riders with a lot of their trails along the face of the basin, great for free riders.
I was a beginner/intermediate skier so it was quite difficult for me. I am primarily a snowboarder so it might've been a different experience on a snowboard. The resort is fairly small but does have quite a wide area of riding, albeit it seems that some walking may be required to get there.
Overall it was a nice resort and it was nice being able to learn how to use a tow rope. It probably did;t help that I am not accustomed to deep powder and skiing but it was still an enjoyable experience. Probably worth the trip for the more advanced riders.
Written 18 October 2022
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