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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
Website: http://www.skiporters.co.nz/
Email: office@skiporters.co.nz
Phone: +64 3 318 4731.
Nearest Town: Springfield
Nearest Airport: Christchurch
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Porters On Twitter
  • skiporters: https://t.co/5c8Q4Dbrqv 1 day ago
  • skiporters: This Saturday!!! https://t.co/X6QIfXqdDP 2 days ago
  • skiporters: A moody morning at Porters today. The Easy Rider Chair is up and running today and the T-Bars are on wind hold.... https://t.co/rjlpY8yiZ2 2 days ago
  • skiporters: Sorry everyone. We are still have an electrical error with the chair lift. 3 days ago
  • skiporters: Sorry we have an electrical fault with the chair lift and is on hold. We have our team working hard to fix the problem ASAP. 3 days ago
  • skiporters: If you missed Bobby (now officially named ‘Bobby the Patroller’) on the Hauraki's Matt & Jerry Show this morning,... https://t.co/N2z61VlPEz 4 days ago
  • skiporters: Tune into Radio Hauraki Breakfast with Matt & Jerry and listen to an interview with our rugby loving Canadian Patroller Bobby. 4 days ago
  • skiporters: We are closed today due to high winds. 4 days ago
  • skiporters: Avalanche control work with Richie McCaw this morning https://t.co/3dAgtuOQ3O 5 days ago
  • skiporters: Porters is looking amazing! The cloud has just cleared and the heli has just arrived to start Avalanche control.... https://t.co/gKRs8MxYQE 5 days ago
  • skiporters: Good morning everyone, we are on hold at the moment as we have the complete avalanche control before we can make... https://t.co/7JpkynUEtR 5 days ago
  • skiporters: Snow snow snow....! Over the last 48 hours we have had around 60cm of snow. Once we have completed avalanche... https://t.co/nduAwuOM3O 6 days ago
  • skiporters: Snow snow snow....! Over the last 48 hours we have had around 60cm of snow. Once we have completed avalanche... https://t.co/qKQiUl8EQX 6 days ago
  • skiporters: Chill Gromfest next Saturday 29th July!!! https://t.co/TgnXOdLU4c 6 days ago
  • skiporters: The 3rd annual After Dark session is postponed until next Saturday the 29th July. This is due to the massive snow... https://t.co/Um9Yeg0Yiq 7 days ago
  • skiporters: Today we are open and it's going to be epic! Fresh snow and perfect weather. https://t.co/ce5R30qIOJ 13 days ago
  • skiporters: It's all hands on deck to dig out the base area in preparation for the weekend. 14 days ago
  • skiporters: We are very sorry, but digging ourselves out today takes longer than we initially thought. We still have two more... https://t.co/veb3GQkZZr 14 days ago
  • skiporters: ☃️Sorry closed again today. But the good news is it's still snowing ☃️ 15 days ago
  • skiporters: Snowing heavily in the base area! The snow report will update at 6am tomorrow morning. Next Saturday the 22nd... https://t.co/WcgosNIvTu 16 days ago