Heidi’s Hut is one of the best parts of Coronet Peak skifield, offering a wide selection of lunch options, chef’s specials, mulled wine and spectacular views over the Wakatipu basin and to The Remarkables. After amorning’s skiing or boarding, it is one of the best spots in the district for lunch. On a bluebird day you can sit outside at a picnic table or warm up inside, with the big woodburner and alpine memorabilia.
Lunch starts from 11am, offering soups and starters, pizza, pasta, sandwiches and desserts. We opted to share roast pumpkin risotto with thyme, pine nuts, feta, wild rocket and parmesan ($21) and a Rocky Gully Red pizza ($35). The pizza is normally topped with rare venison but the kitchen had run out so staff offered us bratwurst instead. It was also topped with caramelised onion, beetroot compote, spiced wild berry and plum pesto, feta dressing and rocket. Both dishes were delicious, the pizza base was not too thick, the ingredients and toppings were simple and complementary. The risotto was filling, flavoursome and nicely seasoned but (we know it can be difficult preparing and serving food on amountain) it wasn’t quite hot enough. Menu options range from goulash ($14.50), antipasto for two ($26), pasta dishes ($21.50 to $23) and a gourmet sandwich ($21) to pizzas, including a four-cheese option ($30), a vegetarian option with roasted peppers, olives, feta, pine nuts and fresh rocket ($32) and a roasted pumpkin pizza with smoked chicken, pistachio cream and rocket ($31.50). Dessert is available too.
Staff were very good. The hut can get busy and a little congested sometimes when everyone decides to take a break from the slopes, but staff were on top of things. We had coffee before our meal and they were happy to accommodate us outside with hot drinks then move us inside for lunch. The layout of the hut has been re-jigged, with more seating inside and a coffee serving hatch outside for drinks-only customers. Staff were friendly and enjoyed a bit of banter with customers in keeping with the informal alpine vibe. We also couldn’t resist the excellent mulled wine, made with Mt Rosa pinot noir. It might be an idea to set a dedicated queuing point because people tended to queue at two places.
Heidi’s Hut is a great lunch stop with an extensive range of menu options, all prepared on site in a small back-end kitchen. They can do a lot with a small team and simple ingredients. It’s a skifield so expect to pay a little more than your average brunch but with those views, the fire and amulled wine who’s complaining? The only thing to think about is mastering the T-bar after your lunch.