Pros: snowmaking for ealy opening, convenience, ease of use, terrain parks
Cons: extremely busy on weekends,
Mount Hutt is pretty much your generic New Zealand commercial ski area. It is usually able to open earlier than the club fields due to its snowmaking facilities. There are two fixed grip chairlifts plus one detachable six pack to get you straight to the top of the mountain.
Compared with international resorts it is very expensive for what you get. There is a bar and cafe for those times when the wind gets up. There is a reason it has earned the nickname "Mount Shut" - it is a very exposed mountain and the lack of surface lifts means it frequently has to close due to reaching the wind limits on the chair lifts. .
Out of the 9 ski areas within a 2 hour drive of Christchurch Mt Hutt is the only one with chairlifts - until Porters starts installing them. So for this reason a lot of people prefer Mt Hutt for its convenience and ease of use. This also means it gets extremely busy each weekend. Hutt is a convenient place for beginners and intermediates due to groomed runs but once adventurous skiers and boarders have the skills to start exploring off-piste they tend to head to the club fields.