Mt Olympus all lit up at night.
Things You'll Need.
When you come and stay at Mt Olympus, it pays to be prepared.
Below is a quick outline but you can click above for full details.
Ideally, you'll have a high-clearance 4WD with four-wheel chains, and know how to use them properly. Failing that, any 4WD or 2WD car should definitely have chains. If you're in doubt about your ability to get up the access road, call the club and someone will point you in the right direction.
Skis or snowboard - There are no ski hire facilities or ski tuning on the mountain, so you'll need to bring your own. Ski on whatever you're comfortable with, but remember Mt Olympus is a groomer-free zone and off-piste is the call of the day, every day. Make sure you bring a pair of skis best suited to the conditions - if you're in doubt as to what these are, just ask.
Boots - whatever you ride, make sure your boots are the right fit, comfortable and that your bindings are properly set to their size.
Clothing - Warm ski clothing appropriate to a high mountain environment goes without saying but the important thing to remember is that clothing shouldn't be loose. Making sure your clothing isn't flapping round (not to mention long hair) will reduce the likelihood of an unpleasant incident with the rope tows.
Towbelt & Nutcracker - You'll need one of these to ride the rope tows. They are available to be borrowed free of charge from the Access Tow Container but it's always a good idea to have your own custom harness for maximum comfort / enjoyment. Custom harnesses can be ordered on firstname.lastname@example.org. A pair of tough leather gloves is also recommended, or a leather mitt protector, to save your nice Gore-Tex from the rope tows.
These items along with printed tees and hoodies can be purchased on the hill at the Far Canel Road Bar.
Hiking & Touring.
Transceiver, Shovel & Probe - If you plan to go hiking at Mt Olympus we strongly suggest you have these three items and know how to use them. All hiking and touring is undertaken at your own risk and we encourage safe backcountry travel at all times.
Mt Olympus takes no responsibility for those hiking in the back country out of bounds. We will be reluctant to place our staff's lives in danger if you decide to venture into the back country unprepared.
Staying in the hut is a straightforward affair once you have transported your personal gear up the Access Tow manually (on your back) as we do not have a goods lift so best to pack lightly into a moderate sized backpack (without flappy bits or loose stuff that might be attracted to the pulleys). All you need is a sleeping bag, change of clothes for after skiing, toiletries, a towel and your togs for the hot tub. And an attitude for having a good time.
Please note there are no laundry facilities available for guests so bring enough 'smalls' to cover your stay!
NAME YOUR GEAR and try to keep track of it... hunting down elusive lost stuff is a pain.
Please be aware that you are staying in a mountain hut where water conservation is a priority (showering with a friend optional) and rubbish must be kept to a minimum. We are very big on recycling so please familiarise yourself with our process.
We run a licenced bar and unfortunately cannot condone BYO under our licence. Please leave your BYO beersies at home.