Porters ski guide for 2020

Including ski pass prices and accommodation options.

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Skier on a mountain with powder

Only 90 minutes away from Christchurch lies the Porters ski area and its 678 vertical metres of winter playground for you to enjoy.

Although within driving distance of Christchurch, if you’re coming from further afield or are planning on spending a few days on the slopes, there are plenty of places to stay.

Here’s our guide to where to stay, how much a day on the slopes will cost and what to expect once you get on the mountain.

Porters accommodation

1. Porters Lodge

1. Porters Lodge from HotelsCombined

Address: Porters Ski Area Access Road State Highway 73, Castle Hill The closest accommodation to Porters, with shared bunks or cosy private rooms.

  • Features: Onsite cafe/bar, organised tours, mountain bike trails, transport service, sun terrace
  • Closest lift: Easyrider Chair
  • Does it have ski-in/ski-out?: No

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2. Springfield Motel & Lodge

2. Springfield Motel & Lodge from HotelsCombined

Address: 37 Tramway Road, Springfield There’s plenty to keep you busy in this family-run property just 35 minutes away from Porters.

  • Features: Outdoor spa pool, rooms for all budgets including a YHA hostel, kitchen facilities
  • Closest lift: Easyrider Chair
  • Does it have ski-in/ski-out? No

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3. Smylies

3. Smylies from HotelsCombined

Address: 5649 West Coast Road, Springfield This eco-friendly property with hostel beds and studios is only 30 minutes from the slopes.

  • Features: Kitchen and laundry facilities, mini climbing wall, transport and tour service, pets are okay, two acres of gardens
  • Closest lift: Easyrider Chair
  • Does it have ski-in/ski-out?: No

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Porters ski area resort guide

A mix of gentle, long cruising and challenging runs makes Porters a good place for groups of mixed abilities to visit.

While there are some green-circle beginner runs and lessons available, the majority of the runs are intermediate-level or higher.

Intermediate and expert snowboarders and skiers can enjoy Mountain Park with its range of features and friendly atmosphere to improve your skills among fellow snow enthusiasts.

Porters has six lifts available to skiers, including one for beginners:

  • 1 x beginners carpet lift
  • 1 x intermediate platter lift
  • 1 x four-seater chairlift
  • 3 x T-bar lifts

While there’s no accommodation available right at the resort, on-site facilities include a cafe, equipment hire and servicing to your own equipment, including sharpening and waxing.

Porters trail map

Porters ski area trail map

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Porters ski pass prices | 2020 Season Passes

Pass typeEarly Bird rates
Adult$499
Student$399
Youth (11-17)$349
Senior (65-74)$349
Senior (75+)$20

Children aged 10 and under as well as people aged over 75 can access the slopes free of charge.

What you need to know:

  • Number of chair lifts: 7
  • Number of runs: 29
  • Number of magic carpets: 1
  • Ski season dates 2020: TBC
  • Whakapapa snow report: Check the daily Snow Report for a detailed and accurate look at recent snowfalls and conditions
  • Trail breakdown: 30% beginner, 30% intermediate and 40% advanced

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