It’s so easy! Porters is the closest ski area to Christchurch, with a short access road, fantastic learner slopes and a mountain of terrain for experts. Everything is here for you at Porters; it’s designed to make your day as much fun as possible.
Porters offers some 285 hectares with 678 vertical meters of winter playground for you to enjoy and explore. Lifts operate daily from 9 AM - 4 PM
It all starts with snow. Our continued investment in snowmaking, snow-fencing and grooming means we are ready when you are with more snow for you to play on than ever before!
Porters learner facilities are outstanding. Our Sunkid carpet-lift makes progression for beginners so easy, and an easy link to our platter lift provides one of the best intermediate slopes for snowsports skill development in the country. With our brand new four seater chairlift and nice wide runs learning to ski has just become a lot easier.
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. Our popular holiday and improvement programmes for young skiers and snowboarders are the perfect way to progress skills and technique. Put our fantastic team of expert ski and boarding instructors to use – whether you are learning for the first time, are feeling rusty or have some new gear to master, they can show you the way and make the learning process swifter and more enjoyable.
Our rental department is fully equipped with a large range of the newest skis, boots and snowboard gear. All the Porters equipment is regularly tuned by our experienced technicians so you get the best experience possible. They can also give your own gear the same treatment. Just drop it in, they’ll tune it up and quickly have it running better than ever.
As far as the great skiing goes – it’s better than ever. Led by our two most famous runs – Bluff Face and Big Mama – we have a wide range of slopes to suit every ability.
And of course, we’re still just as close ever – just 89km from Christchurch, in fact.
Whatever your ability, you’ll feel right at home at Porters. We’ve got gentle runs and easy lifts for beginners and kids, long cruising runs for the intermediates and super challenging terrain for advanced skiers and riders. Our Mountain Park offers a challenge for the more adventurous, and a great platform to progress your freestyle skills. Find out more about our trails, lifts and check out our trail map.
Our Snow Report has all you need to know about the mountain conditions right now! With live webcams, updates on snow conditions and current weather conditions.
Getting Here & Parking
Porters is a little more than an hour’s easy driving from the Christchurch Airport. Once you get here, it’s all good – our access road is in tip-top shape; it’s one of the easiest in the country.
At Porters, we take safety on the mountain extremely seriously. We're all here to have fun in the snow, but we ask you to always respect closures, our ski patrol team and other skiers and boarders on the mountain. Learn more about the Snow Responsibility Code and get some top tips from ski patrol about staying safe on the mountain.
Cafe & Facilities
One thing that never changes around here is our local hospitality. It’s something our regulars love most about us, and there is nowhere better to relax with friends and family after a fun day on the snow.
With a focus on fun, the park team are looking to offer something for all members of the family – whether you’re just starting in the park, or you’ve been doing it a while, you’ll have fun here!