Please ensure that you always obey all closures, and treat the advice of professionals with respect – they only have your best interests at heart.
Staying Safe on the Slopes
Here are some top safety tips from Porters Ski Patrol:
Obey the 'Snow Responsibility Code'
Behaving in an appropriate manner while you’re out on the slopes ensures you can have fun while reducing your chances of hurting yourself or someone else. The eight points of the Code are about behaving in a common sense manner that will keep you safe on the mountain. It is promoted and enforced across all snow areas – so get to know the code and enjoy your time on the slopes.
1. Stay in control at all times
Know your ability, start easy, be able to stop and avoid other people. Losing control is the number one cause of falls.
2. People below you have the right of way
The skier or boarder downhill of you has the right of way. Don’t forget to look above before entering a trail.
3. Obey all ski area signage
Signs are there for your safety. Keep out of closed areas.
4. Look before you leap
Scope out jumps first. Ensure the area is clear of others and use a spotter on blind jumps.
5. Stop where you can be seen
When stopping, try to move to the side of the trail and make sure you can be seen from above.
6. Don’t lose what you use
Equipment must be secured while walking or stashing. This goes for rubbish too. Remember to take all your waste with you so it doesn’t become a hazard for others (or the environment).
7. Stay on scene
If you are involved in or witness an accident, remain at the scene and identify yourself to the ski patrol.
8. Respect gets respect
Right from the lift line, to the slopes, and through the car park – treat others as you would want to be treated.
At Porters, we strongly recommend the use of helmets. We advise everyone to wear a helmet and help prevent serious injuries while skiing or snowboarding.
Do you have a helmet? If you don’t have a helmet, come and see us at Porters Guest services next time you’re on the hill.
Should you wish to buy a helmet, we have a range of helmets available at cost price. At only $69, you won’t get a quality snow helmet any cheaper!
Alternatively you can hire a helmet for $10.
Safety Gear and Equipment
Effective gear control is another huge safety consideration – you need to be in control of your equipment at all times.
For skiers, this means ensuring that the brakes on your ski bindings are fully operational. If they don’t spring into place when the ski is removed, they will endanger others by sliding downhill rapidly.
For snowboarders, it means that you always need to use a leash when riding and hiking. Binding failure can occur with snowboards, resulting in your board racing down the ski slope. ALL SNOWBOARDERS MUST USE LEASHES AT PORTERS. You will not be allowed on the lifts if you are not using your leash. Leashes are available from guest services for $5.
Parental and caregiver supervision of young children is expected at Porters. Your child’s safety is paramount. We ask that parents refrain from carrying young children on the lifts. We strongly request that parents do not ride or ski with toddlers and babies in backpacks. TO make it easier for parents, Porters offer an interchangeable parent day pass for those people with pre-schoolers who require constant assistance on the slopes. This allows two parents to utilize the same ski pass individually, rather than purchasing a pass each. Conditions apply, see guest services for more information.
Back Country travel is very appealing to advanced skiers and riders, but some common sense, practical knowledge, crucial equipment, and respect for the alpine environment could save your life. ALWAYS travel in parties, and ensure that ALL members are wearing an avalanche transceiver and are carrying a shovel and probe. These are your only means of rescue should an avalanche event occur. Knowing about the snow conditions and back country travel practices are also key to ensuring your safety, so do a course and find out what you need to know to be safe. Check out www.mountainsafety.org.nz for more info and course schedules. Finally, if you are planning on leaving the ski area boundary, make sure you sign out AND in with Porters Patrol. They will pass on their knowledge on current conditions and their advice. Knowing where you are and your travel plans is important. Porters Patrol Dispatch is located at the summit of T-3.
Where to find us
Base Area: The patrol office is located above the main car park in the base area, here we can look after your first aid needs and help with anything that may come up during your ski day.
Patrol Dispatch: There is a patrol base on top of the mountain, at the top of Sundance T. There is always a patroller based here. If you are going back country skiing, please check in the patrol here to sign out and record your intentions for the day. If you are planning on a late return, please park at the lower chain fitting bay so the staff don’t have to wait for you at the end of the day.
We can offer weather and back country avalanche forecast information. The patrol likes to see people enjoying themselves safely in the backcountry and will happily answer any questions.
We have a beacon search area located at the top of Sundance T behind Patrol Dispatch. We encourage everyone who’s got a beacon to come and practice there. If you need any pointers or tips please ask one of the patrollers and we will be happy to help.
Please respect all signage on the mountain. We work very hard maintaining correct signage across the entire mountain for your safety. From time to time, certain terrain will be closed for a number of different reasons. This could include avalanche hazard, dangerous conditions, white out (limited visibility) or low snow cover. If you have any questions pleases ask a staff member.
Check the white boards at the base of every lift for up to date information on lifts, weather, snow conditions and messages for the ski public.