A steep single-lane dirt road to Mount Hutt in NZ
Mt Hutt Ski Area is a ski resort at an elevation of 1.597m (5,239ft) above the sea level located to the west of the Canterbury Plains in the South Island of New Zealand. The road to the resort can be pretty daunting.
The road to the summit is totally unpaved but navigable by all passenger vehicles. It’s called Mount Hutt Skifield Road. It’s a steep, winding, dirt road with no guardrails. The road was built in the 1970’s. The road can be ice affected or muddy and slippery. It’s prone to closures in poor weather. Mt Hutt receives 4 metres of snowfall on average per season.
The road to the summit is brutally steep, hitting a 24% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at the paved Mclennans Bush Road, the ascent is 14.1km (8.76 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1173 meters. The average gradient is 8.31%. A chairlift service road (-43.484616, 171.532040) climbs up to 2.062m (6,765ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.