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Quick Facts Board Awesome terrain park and freeriding Ski Legendary Big Mama run Location 89 km from Christchurch Season June – October Access Road 12 km unsealed Price Range Adult lift pass $85 Ratings Beginner 30%, intermediate 30%, advanced 40%

Laid-back and affordable, Porters is the closest ski area to Christchurch – just 89km away. Facilities are comprehensive and the atmosphere is friendly. The learner facilities at Porters are outstanding, and there are also some pretty great discounts for those new to skiing. The Ski Mat carpet-lift makes progression for beginners easy, and the platter lift provides one of the best intermediate slopes for skill development in the country. Similarly, the snow school is second-to-none, with a wide range of international and local instructors ready to help you improve your skiing or boarding. The 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. More advanced skiers and boarders will love the legendary Bluff Face and Big Mama runs. The Porters Community Park also offers a challenge for the more adventurous, and a great platform to progress your freestyle skills. On-field accommodation is available at the Porter Heights Alpine Lodge, just 5 minutes below the base car park.

Essentials Highest Point 1,980 m Vertical 670 m Skiable Area 290 ha Lift Pass Adult $89, Student $64, Youth (7 – 17) / 65+ $45, Kids under 7 / 75+ free Lifts 1 beginners’ carpet lift, 1 intermediate platter lift, 1 4 seater chair lift, 3 T-bar lifts On-field ski/snowboard hire Yes Tuition Yes On-field accommodation: 40 bed lodge: dinner/bed/breakfast.