Porters Alpine Resort - Winter Activities

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Just over an hour's drive, Porters Alpine Resort is the closest experience on snow to Christchurch.

Whatever your ability, you’ll feel right at home at Porters. There are gentle runs and easy lifts for beginners and kids and long cruising runs for the intermediates.  For advanced skiers and riders there's plenty of super challenging terrain and a great platform to progress your freestyle skills.

With a focus on fun and a creative set-up, you'll enjoy a friendly atmosphere and a good place to learn and improve your skills.

About The Mountain: 
  • Skiable area:  285 hectares
  • Vertical:  678m
  • Base Elevation: 1310m
  • Peak Elevation: 1980m

Lift Operating Hours:

Daily:  9.00am - 4.00pm

Tickets and Passes:

Purchase Day Passes, Season Passes, First Timer Packages and Gift Cards.
Purchase Lessons from beginners to advanced with the team of certified instructors.

Rentals & Repairs:

Rent high quality gear for the whole family and avoid lugging your own equipment around.  Visit the team to organize service and repairs for your personal equipment and get your gear running better than ever.

Free Shuttle:

A free shuttle bus will run from the chain-fitting area on the mountain access road.  These will run on the weekends, during the school holidays and days when chains are required.  Just follow the signs on the Porters access road until you reach the chain-fitting area.  The scheduled shuttle service is complimentary to guests.

Pick up time:  8:45am (if the 8:45am bus is full, another will run at 9:30am)
Mountain Departure Time:  2:45pm & 4:00pm

Porters Café:

Conveniently located at Porters Ski Area - next to ski rentals & the ticket office.  Fully licensed, serving an extensive range of delicious food, barista coffee, real hot chocolate and refreshing beers and wine, our café is the ideal place to recharge your batteries and get you fully refreshed back on the slopes.  We have a range of Cassels brewing co. award winning beer on tap.
Open from 8.00am - 3.00pm
Porters Lodge:
Porters Lodge has comfortable, bunk-style family accommodation set against a beautiful mountain backdrop.  Non-Powered campsites are available during winter season too.  Situated at the base of Porters Ski Area in the Craigieburn range, it's the ideal location whether you're here for the skiing, biking, hiking, or simply passing by.

Our bar & restaurant at the lodge is open for Après Ski & dinner.  Enjoy a bite to eat and a cold drink, or maybe an awesome Underground Coffee to go to get you back on the road!  


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Porters Ski Area Access Road, State Highway 73, Castle Hill, Canterbury, 7580

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  • Affordable

Best For Whom

  • Families With Children
  • All Ages

Best For What

  • A View To Die For
  • Resort
  • Ski In/Out
  • Adventure

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