Here at Porters, we have fantastic terrain and lifts suited for beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders. Our beginners carpet lift and expansive beginners area is perfect for first timers, while the Platter lift and intermediate area is the perfect transition before moving onto our new Easy Rider chair lift and further up the ski area.

We cater for people aged 5 to… well, you name it! And even have special lessons for  4 – 6 year olds (Kid’s Club). 





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Christchurch's closest family ski area

We love seeing families here at Porters

From the moment you arrive at Porters, we provide facilities with families and convenience in mind. We have parking available right at our base area. Our café is sunny and spacious, offering a wide variety of hot and cold food. Our learning areas are  situated adjacent to the car park with easy access between the beginners and intermediate slopes. When your family is ready, our Easy Rider Chair Lift takes you and the kids up the mountain in comfort.


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Every Tuesday is Student day at Porters (excluding school holidays). If you’re enrolled in a full-time course of tertiary study, simply buy a student all day lift pass and your friend can buy a second for just $20! This offer applies to full price day passes, student ID required for both participants, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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Porters Ski Area offers a discount to all organised groups. Group discounts apply either to groups of 10 – 20 people, or greater discounts for 20 or more persons. To qualify for the discount the trip must be pre-booked, and the account must be settled on the day via payment with one card (one transaction).

If you have a school group and would like more information, head through and check out our School Groups information.


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Porters has some of the best terrain in New Zealand, with big faces like Big Mama and Bluff Face you will never get bored. If park is your thing check out the community park, and try out some of our great features.



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Trails & Lifts

Whatever your ability, you’ll feel right at home. We’ve got gentle runs and easy lifts for beginners, long runs for intermediates, and challenging terrain for advanced riders.

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Getting to Porters

Now you’ve discovered us, you might as well come and say hello! We’re only 89 km from Christchurch, just a bit over an hour in the car, out along the Great Alpine Highway.

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The Porters Snow School offers expert and friendly ski and snowboard instruction. They have all the knowledge to help in taking your skiing or riding to the next level.

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