PORTERS TRAIL GUIDE
Porters is 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.
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.
A brand new quad chairlift was installed on the south side of the valley during 2015. The new Easy Rider lift has 93 chairs and can carry up to 2000 people an hour.
A new beginner’s area has been created next to the existing intermediate lift. This will be serviced by a Sunkid carpet lift and offer fantastic terrain progression for beginners.
Terrain and Weather Tip
Those looking for Porters best snow should check the snow reports after southerly, south-east and nor’west fronts. The main basin generally faces east, although there’re a range of aspects that receive snow from all these weather patterns.
Hit the slopes early and cruise over to Big Mama for the morning sun.
For Beginners: Progress from the Ski-Mat magic carpet to the Platter and beyond.
For the Rusty: Lock in an early/late private 1 on 1 lesson for just $80.
Phone Ski Area: +64 3 318 4002
Pistes Main Runs Groomed
Main Lifts 1x chairlift, 3x T-Bars
Learner Lifts 1x Platter, 1x Sun Kid Carpet Lift
Top Elevation 1980m
Bottom Elevation 1302m
Skiable Terrain 285 hectares
Terrain Park Yes
On Mountain Food Cafe, licenced
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
10 years & under and 75+ FREE!
Draw Card: 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