Ask a Local
We put six questions to Jason Collins, Snowsports Manager at Porters.
Tell us about your role at Porters:
I manage the ski school admin alongside the ticket office crew and organise the instructors and clients into lessons along with training old and new instructors.
How long have you been teaching skiing/snowboarding?
I have been teaching skiing and snowboarding for over 20 years. I first started at Porters AKA Porter Heights in 1995 as part of my work experience for an outdoor course I was on. I spent the last 15 years training instructors in the local ski areas.
What made you want to spend a season at Porters?
I returned to Porters after teaching there for seven years from 1996-2002 with the aim to put my skills to use that I had learnt over the last couple of decades to continue developing the professional and fun ski school that the predecessors had set up. A big goal was to provide a high level of consistent instruction to our clients from our holiday and weekend academies to school groups and private clients from beginners to pros. I also wanted to give back to the industry by getting locals involved and training them up to become instructors as the industry lack kiwis and with all this on the door step to so many active Cantabrians it’s a no brainer.
What’s your favourite run on the mountain?
Hard one to answer there are so many. Dome ridge I think has to top it. Why? Sunshine, smooth consistent snow on a convex slope that gets steeper progressively as you go down into the solitude of the outer flanks of the ski area boundary below the base area. Not to mention about 900 metres vertical to the road.
What do you think is one of Porters Best Kept Secrets?
That would be telling seriously though the entire experience at Porters. The super short user friendly access road to the great café and crowd less slopes stunning panoramic views from the summit with the highlight being the friendly family atmosphere created by the super helpful staff and customers. I love to bring my family here its so safe and fun feeling.
Any tips for someone about to try skiing for the first time?
Take a private lesson so you can get the basics before going out there and doing the miles. It will save you loads of time and just make the experience fun and rewarding. We have an awesome user friendly beginners area that was totally rebuilt in recent years to allow for the best possible environment for new snow users.
Jason carving up the groomed at Porters.