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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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Next Snow
ResortSnow Forecasted
(7 Day Forecast)
Mount Aspiring70 cm
Mount Cook48 cm
Whistler41 cm
Aspen Mountain21 cm
Breckenridge21 cm
Vail17 cm
Big White16 cm
Fernie14 cm
Niseko13 cm
Sun Peaks11 cm
Last updated - 8 hours ago
Porters On Twitter
  • skiporters: We've had a great response to our limited offer season pass sale and have only a handful of adult passes left... https://t.co/zQUYe4Bblo 34 days ago
  • skiporters: Thanks for the great response to our season pass sale so far! We are close to reaching the limit of 500 adult... https://t.co/dkiqjCgyHL 38 days ago
  • skiporters: Porters 2017 season passes are now on sale! Be in quick; this exclusive offer applies to the first 500 adult... https://t.co/73iG4bNWVR 42 days ago
  • skiporters: These cheeky guys get our vote! Vote kea in the NZ Bird of the Year, and help raise awareness of this wonderful,... https://t.co/9SYAtIgQos 158 days ago
  • skiporters: All good things must come to an end and tomorrow - Saturday 1st October - will be our last day of the season.... https://t.co/eatIuAiBLr 180 days ago
  • skiporters: Come and enjoy some of the last days of the season. We have soft spring snow conditions, with fun skiing and... https://t.co/ZNIHXNyLgs 182 days ago
  • skiporters: We are open again today. Soft and moist spring snow conditions should make it into fun skiing and riding... https://t.co/8DaJUx83E2 183 days ago
  • skiporters: Unfortunately due to low clouds and very limited visibility, we are closed for the day and hope to be open again tomorrow. 185 days ago
  • skiporters: We are well above the cloud at Porters and it's set to be another great spring day in the mountains.Tomorrow is... https://t.co/RlIZjKbpjJ 186 days ago
  • skiporters: Spring conditions at Porters again today! Firm this morning and softening later in the day.... https://t.co/mLtHk7ZeHc 189 days ago
  • skiporters: We're currently above the cloud at Porters! Clouds could move in and out of the valley for a time during the... https://t.co/mnZF30l8gG 190 days ago
  • skiporters: Porters is open. Read our full snow report here: https://t.co/RJgSKghejx https://t.co/iuQOdVQuwF 191 days ago
  • skiporters: Oktoberfest live at Porters https://t.co/jAWVLFe0O5 192 days ago
  • skiporters: In true Porters tradition, it's Oktoberfest today on the mountain! Join us from 12 at the cafe for live music,... https://t.co/Svrw84S1dh 192 days ago
  • skiporters: We are expecting a mainly fine day with light wind and light showers forecast later this afternoon. We'll also... https://t.co/ythRUeO2Jc 192 days ago
  • skiporters: Porters Ski Patrol... here to keep you safe Models: Jack Saunders, Kai Seifert, Mattheus Tempel, Photo: Alan... https://t.co/vb4IKu7sgu 193 days ago
  • skiporters: We are now open. There will be spring snow conditions with a firm snow pack this morning, softening with more sun... https://t.co/06bDGWPrvm 193 days ago
  • skiporters: Porters is ON HOLD this morning; we'll update at 8am as to whether we can open today. After yesterday's storm the... https://t.co/s6zahcNCru 193 days ago
  • skiporters: Porters is closed today - the winds are too strong to run any lifts - but the forecast is looking good again for tomorrow. 194 days ago
  • skiporters: Well done to all those that took part in the Local School Derby today! You can check the full results here:... https://t.co/2wnQ1tV5aO 196 days ago