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, see skiporters.co.nz for details. 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.

Porters has the only purpose made terrain park in the Selwyn Six and provides features for everyone from newcomers to seasoned jibbers.

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 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.

Accommodation

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

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Ski Area Stats

Beginner

 

30%

Intermediate

 

30%

Advanced

 

40%

 

 

 

Main Lifts

 

1x Chairlift, 3x T-Bars

Learner Lifts

 

1x Platter, 1x Sun Kid Carpet Lift

Terrain Park

 

Yes

 

 

 

Top Elevation

 

1980m

Bottom Elevation

 

1302m

Pistes

 

Main runs groomed

Skiable Terrain

 

285 Hectares

     

On Mountain Food

 

Cafe, licenced

 

 

 

Lessons

 

Yes

Ski/Board Hire

 

Yes

 

 

 

Access

 

Short access rd -2WD (with chains when required)

 

 

Free mountain road shuttle during weekends and holidays, other times on request.

     

Day Pass Rates

Adult

$92

 

Student

$64

 

Youth

$47

 

U10&75+

Free

 

 

 

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