A group of eager skiers and boarders slept overnight at Mt Hutt resort in New Zealand to be the first to ride the resort’s new eight-seater Nor’west Express chairlift on opening day today.
The group, all donning t-shirts with the slogan ‘First on Chair’, came prepared for the all-nighter with beer and portable speakers.
“You can’t sleep, it’s like so cold, so I brought some portable speakers, a few beers, who cares — just chilled out on the chairlift and just chat.”
– Skier Ben Yorston
The riders slept on the new chairlift, as temperatures plummeted to around -2ºC (28ºF).
Mt Hutt recorded record crowds as ski season got underway as early season snow raised the stoke for what people are hoping will be a bumper season. Some areas are seeing double the interest they did before the covid-19 pandemic.
Mt Hutt plans to be open until October 17th, 2021.