Well, the curtains have been drawn on the 2011 winter season at Porters, with our final day on Sunday 2nd October. It was a fantastic sunny, spring day, awesome to go out on a great note.

Looking back on the winter, we had a late start, but as the season got going, the turns began to flow. Considering that we had less that average snowfall throughout the winter, the skiing we experienced was great – we were able to ski some areas which in other more consistent snow years we have been unable to. As a result, overall, we have had a good year, and hope that you all have managed some good turns throughout the season.

Claudia enjoys some fresh earlier this winter…

We know that some of our fellow Cantabrians continue to struggle with issues and hardship brought about by the earthquakes earlier in 2011. Hopefully, many of you have been able to visit us during the winter to get out of the city and into the outdoors, and enjoy some time away. On behalf of the Porters crew, we wish you all the best over the next few months, and look forward to seeing you all again in 2012.

Retro Gear and Air Winner

On Sunday 2nd October, as a way to see the season out in style (debatable), we held our second Retro styled day this season, this one entitled ‘Retro Gear & Air’. Concept? The most retro styled person, including the attire and the maneuvers in the air, wins. On the day, as judged by Leigh Edwards, the most retro in looks combined with aerial maneuvers (triple daffy, pretty impressive) was Methven local, Jamie Adams. Congratulations Jamie, you’ve locked in a 2012 winter season pass at Porters – we hope we don’t have to see those tight pants every time you’re up next season!

Martina getting into the snow-blades… Nice.

2012 Products and Timing

Over the next few months, we’ll be wrapping up the season, and getting underway with our annual maintenance programme, in preparation for next year. We’ll be in touch with developments as they happen during the summer. 2012 rates, season pass prices, and sales information will be available in February 2012, and season pass sales will take place in late March and April as usual. Keep an eye on your email, we’ll let you know when things are happening, so you don’t miss out!

We’re also awaiting the outcome and written decision on the Resource Consent hearing for the proposed expansion into Crystal Valley. We’ll keep you informed with any information that becomes available.

Lord’s Bush Restoration

Year one of the Lord’s Bush Restoration near Springfield has gone very well, with a raft or work and achievements on the ground. Work continues, with a significant amount of planting currently underway at the site. A community planting day is planned for around the 2nd week of November, we will have more information, dates and times, and how you can get involved on our website closer to the time. Look forward to seeing some of you there then to help regenerate this unique native bush.

Ski Area Service Awards

Underway right now, the 12th Annual, Snow.co.nz NZ Ski Area Service awards. Judged by the people, here’s your chance to have your say on your favourite ski area! The voting form is easy to complete, with a range of multichoice questions, and will only take you 5 minutes to complete. Have your say, let them know how great Porters is today! Click here…

See you in 2012!

A massive thanks once again from all the team here at Porters. We hope you’ve enjoyed your time with us, managed to improve your skiing or snowboarding, spend time with your family and friends, and most of all, enjoyed your snowsports.

Look forward to seeing you once again for winter 2012!