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Located just 89kms from the centre of Christchurch, Porters Ski area is the most convenient ski field in Canterbury. Located just 5km off state highway 73 (the road between Christchurch and Greymouth via Arthurs Pass), Porters is very easy to get to via your own vehicle or via coach transfer from Christchurch. The main ski field boasts a new quad chairlift and 3 upper level T bars which provide enjoyment and challenge for all levels. Recently landscaping and redevelopment of the lower slopes now mean the Porters has the best learners and intermediate transitional area anywhere in Canterbury. It’s an ideal ski resort to learn to ski for the first time. Our generous and modern café offers a wide of tasty treats, lunch menu and a wide range of hot drinks including our legendary coffee and hot chocolates. For experienced skiers, an awesome breath-taking panorama awaits at the top of the ridge with stunning views of the Southern Alps the South and West and Lake Coleridge at your feet. Porters makes an ideal ski choice for visitors basing themselves in Christchurch, or as part of a day’s itinerary between Christchurch and Greymouth on the west coast – just a 3-1/2 drive in total, leaving plenty of time for a good days skiing as part of your South Island tour.

Snow Resort Stats



Elevation Top 1980m
Elevation Bottom 1302m
Vertical Drop 620m
Skiable Terrain 600ha
Longest Run
Beginner 30%
Intermediate 30%
Advanced 40%
Total Number of Trails



Total 6
Highest Lifted Point 1980
Gondolas & Trams N
High Speed Sixes
High Speed Quads 1
Quad Chairs N
Triple Chairs N
Double Chairs N
Surface Lifts 5
Uphill Capacity 500 people/hour

Snow Making

Snow Making limited
Total Number of Guns
Annual Average Snowfall 1.2m

Terrain Parks

Terrain Park

Total 1
Half Pipes 1
Half Pipe Size
Total Terrain Park Area Size

Location & Travel Info
Country: New Zealand
Region: Canterbury
Address: Porters Ski Area

Springfield, PO Box 15

Canterbury, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 318 4731.
Nearest Town: Springfield
Nearest Airport: Christchurch
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Whistler78 cm
Niseko70 cm
Lake Louise43 cm
Hakuba37 cm
Fernie22 cm
Mount Cook21 cm
Mount Aspiring14 cm
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Big White12 cm
Heavenly9 cm
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  • skiporters: Porters staff photographer Alan Lelieveld just released a 2018 calendar with several shots from Porters and the... 6 days ago
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  • skiporters: Porters Alpine Lodge is now open for summer business! Thursday-Sunday every week with a range of tasty food and... 12 days ago
  • skiporters: Open Road: Clear, chains not required. Shuttle: No shuttle service today. Last day for the 2017 season. Retro... 45 days ago
  • skiporters: Open Road: Chains to be carried Shuttle: No shuttle service today. Winter has returned and it is snowing lightly... 47 days ago
  • skiporters: Open Road: Clear, chains not required. Shuttle: no shuttle service today. Spring conditions across the mountain.... 48 days ago
  • skiporters: Open Road: Clear, no chains required Shuttle: No shuttle service today. Another fantastic Spring day at Porters.... 50 days ago
  • skiporters: Open Road: Clean, chains not required. Shuttle: No shuttle service today. Today, come join the Oktoberfest... 52 days ago
  • skiporters: SPRING SPECIAL Stay and ski with us… This Spring come stay, ski and ride at Porters, enjoy the great Spring... 55 days ago
  • skiporters: Open Road: clear Shuttle: No Shuttle today. Spring snow across the mountain which will soften during the day.... 55 days ago
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  • skiporters: Open Road: Clear a no chains required. Shuttle: No shuttle today. Great Spring skiing and riding on the groomed... 56 days ago
  • skiporters: With strong winds forecast for the afternoon tomorrow we have postponed Oktoberfest to next Sunday (1st October 2017). 59 days ago
  • skiporters: Open The road is clear and chains only need to be carried. No shuttle service today. The current weather is... 60 days ago
  • skiporters: Open The road in currently clear and no chains are required due to expected snow showers, chains need to be... 61 days ago
  • skiporters: Open Chains only need to be carried today. No Shuttle. It is a beautiful day above the clouds this morning. Snow... 62 days ago
  • skiporters: Sorry, we are closed today due to Strong winds with heavy snow showers settled in early. 64 days ago
  • skiporters: Open Chains only need to be carried, therefore there is no shuttle today. For the full snow report... 68 days ago
  • skiporters: Open Chains only need to be carried. The shuttle will not be operating today. For the full report and webcams... 70 days ago
  • skiporters: Open 2WD fit chains 4WD carry chains. Chains: Required for all vehicles This morning we have light snow falling... 71 days ago