Porters Trail Guide
Porters is a long-time favourite of Christchurch residents. There’s a chairlift and 3 consecutive T-bars to take you skyward with views to Lake Coleridge and Mt Olympus from the top.
When chains are required there’s a free shuttle that operates from the bottom of the access road, booking is essential, see skiporters.co.nz for details. Once at the top there are all the facilities you’d expect at a large commercial ski area including a fully licenced café with espresso coffee, full equipment hire and a range of professional lessons
A few regulars are given the honour of ‘Mountain Hosts’ and are more than happy to help out if you’re looking for some local knowledge.
Terrain and Weather Tip
Those looking for Porters best snow should check the snow reports after southerly, south-east and nor’west fronts. The main basin generally faces east, although there’re a range of aspects that receive snow from all these weather patterns.
Hit the slopes early and cruise over to Big Mama for the morning sun.
For Beginners: Progress from the Ski-Mat magic carpet to the Platter and beyond.
For the Rusty: Lock in an early/late private 1 on 1 lesson for just $80.
Pistes Main Runs Groomed
Main Lifts 1x chairlift, 3x T-Bars
Learner Lifts 1x Platter, 1x Sun Kid Carpet Lift
Top Elevation 1980m
Bottom Elevation 1302m
Skiable Terrain 285 hectares
Terrain Park Yes
On Mountain Food Cafe, licenced
Ski/Board Hire Yes
Access Short access road -2WD (with chains when required)
Free mountain road shuttle during weekends and holidays, other times on request.
Day Pass Rates - Weekend*
10 years & under and 75+ FREE!
Day Pass Rates - Monday - Friday*
Extensive snowmaking & grooming, family friendly and fantastic café with free wi-fi.
Easily the best learner’s area progressing to intermediate ski area in Canterbury.
Mountain Phone: +64 3 318 4002
The Chill Mountains
In 2019 The Chill6 accesses the 6 Ski Areas in the Selwyn District; Porters, Cheeseman, Broken River, Craigieburn Valley, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.
The Chill12 accesses the six ski areas above plus Rainbow, Hanmer Springs, Mt Lyford, Fox Peak, Mt Dobson and Awakino.
The Chill Travel Pass accesses the 12 mountains on the Chill12 Pass as well as Christchurch Adventure Park. Up to two clips on the Chill Travel Pass can be used at Porters and/or CAP.
The Chill Regions/Accommodation
Find out more about where to stay and play in the regions around the Chill Mountains. From Nelson Lakes & Marlborough in the North down to Queenstown & Wanaka in the South. In between there's Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, Sensational Selwyn, the township of Methven, the Mackenzie District and Waitaki Valley and of course the home of Chill, Christchurch City. Here we share places to stay, eat, shop and explore to help plan your adventure in the Southern Alps.