Porters Ski Area

Porters is one of the larger commercial ski areas in the Selwyn District and a long-time favourite of Christchurch residents. There’s a chairlift and 3 consecutive T-bars to take you skyward with views to Lake Coleridge and Mt Olympus from the top.

When chains are required there’s a free shuttle that operates from the bottom of the access road, booking is essential. Once at the top there are all the facilities you’d expect at a large commercial ski area including a fully licenced café with espresso coffee, full equipment hire and a range of professional lessons.  Porter's purpose made terrain park  provides features for everyone from newcomers to seasoned riders.
A few regulars are given the honour of ‘Mountain Hosts’ and are more than happy to help out if you’re looking for some local knowledge.

Ski Area Stats & Map

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Terrain: Beginner 30% Intermediate 30% Advanced 40%
Lifts:  1x Chairlift, 3x T-Bars, 1x Platter, 1x Sun Kid Carpet Lift
Terrain Park
Top Elevation 1980m, Bottom Elevation 1302m
Main runs groomed
Skiable Terrain: 285 Hectares
Licenced Cafe
Ski/Board Hire 


Short access road -2WD (with chains when required.
Free mountain road shuttle during weekends and holidays, other times on request.    

Ski Hire & Ski School

The rental department is fully equipped with a large range of the newest carving skis, boots and snowboard gear. The Porters Snow Sport School is second-to-none, with a wide range of international and local instructors ready to help you improve your skiing or boarding.

Day Pass Rates    

Adult $99/$79 midweek
Student $99/$69 midweek
Youth & Seniors $69/$49 midweek
Half day rates available weekends and July holidays only.


Those who want first tracks often stay at the on-mountain lodge located 5 minutes’ drive down the access road. The lodge offers catered accommodation with a games room and drying room.  

Rates (includes bed, breakfast & linen):

Private Rooms (Sleep 4 -9) 
2 Adults $190 (including 2 children 10 and under stay free)
Extra Guests: Per Adult $45 & Per Child $30 (Age - 10 and under)

Private Rooms  (Sleep 3 -4)
2 Adults $190 (including 2 children 10 and under stay free)
Extra Guests: Per Adult $45, Per Child $30 (Age - 10 and under)

Shared 9 Bed Bunkroom
Per Person $79

Draw Cards

Extensive snowmaking & grooming
Family friendly and fantastic café with free wi-fi
Easily the best learner’s area progressing to intermediate ski area in Canterbury



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