Porters

Porters

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Porters

Porters3.5/58
Porters3.5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
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Porters - Reviews

Porters - Reviews

Awesome

J Hine
30/06/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    July
  • Admin Rating
    1

Awesome

J Hine
30/06/2020
Uncrowded and beautiful.so close to Christchurch .

Day at Porters

Joseph
16/10/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    July
  • Admin Rating
    3

Day at Porters

Joseph
16/10/2018
Visited in mid July and had a bluebird day with fresh powder at the top and we had one of our best days skiing in NZ. The Mountain was deserted apart from a few friendly locals who didn't mind sharing their favourite runs. Mainly stayed up the top around the Leaper in the morning and when Bluff face opened we hit that in the arvo which was definitely the run of the day. Worth a day trip if you are in the Christchurch area.

Good place to start your Canterbury ski adventure

Tom
26/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    5

Good place to start your Canterbury ski adventure

Tom
26/09/2017
Our group visited Porters on a Sunday in late August 2017. It was the first resort we visited on our Canterbury ski trip, and a great place to kick off the skiing. We had a beautiful bluebird day, and even though Porters is the closest resort to Christchurch, and it was a weekend, there were still only a couple hundred people on the mountain and we never lined up for a lift all day. The lift layout of Porters was great for progressing the intermediates of our group, especially those new to T-Bars. The chairlift at the bottom is good to warm up with, but the green run it accesses gets old pretty fast, it does lap the park jumps though. Each T-bar gets steeper and steeper as you get to the top of the mountain, and the views at the top are incredible.

Porters is one big valley, with runs funnelling back to the centre. You can get some decent vertical in from some of the longer black runs. Big Mama and Dome Face were our groups favourite, they become heaps of spring corn fun as the sun soften them up in the afternoon. The other side of the resort (Bluff Face/Don’t Miss) stays in the shade and was too icy for anyone to ski unfortunately.

The major downside of Porters is the amount of time you need to spend on the 1 chair, and then 3 subsequent T-bars to access the nice black runs. We felt like we had skied all of Porters had to offer after one full day, but I can see how with some fresh snowfall the place would be a giant off piste playground.

Overall, Porters is a friendly and fun place, but can suffer from icy or sun affected snow conditions. The off piste runs are easily accessed from the top T-bar (providing good snow conditions) and easy enough for strong intermediates to tackle. Porters is also great for those who don’t want a resort with nutcracker lifts, but probably only fun for a couple of days.

Needs to step up. Is it Commercial, Club or Clubmercial?

Crunky
21/08/2017
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    July
  • Admin Rating
    4

Needs to step up. Is it Commercial, Club or Clubmercial?

Crunky
21/08/2017
We visited this area in July 2017 and skied the surrounding club fields and Mt Hutt. At first pass this place has a lot going for it. It is the closest field to Christchurch, it has a short approach road that is benign compared to the other offerings, it doesn't have "Nutcrackers" lifts and it has Big Mamma. We did four days on this hill. Two days we waited for several hours for the bottom lift to open. No communication about what was going on as people wandered past like we were at a club field rather than paying commercial customers. One of these days was several days after a storm and with the fine weather they hadn't got on top of it and we were waiting for it to open. If it is a commercial field then it should be judged as such. "It will be going in half and hour" turned into still not open at lunch when we asked for a refund, only to be told we'd get credit. Well at least they'd grasped some aspects of a commercial operation.

The frustrating thing is there is a lot to like about the field and it should be more popular Christchurch residents than it seems to be. Mt Hutt is further away, has a horrible approach road yet is absolutely chockas on a fine day. Porters on the other hand wasn't in our observations. Mt Hutt is exposed to the Southerly so can get more snow but also more likely to be shut or horrible gales on the hill. The slow moving chair up the guts of Porters is great for first timers, but it is slow. It then is 3 T-Bars to the top. Skiers left is a slog to access especially for Snowboarders, while the right is a very easy traverse (unless you are Goofy footed). You easily track across the face pick a fall line and off you go. One of them is Big Mamma and this constant fall line is great and almost has you forgetting you will need to catch the slow chair and 3 T-Bar back up to do it again. The terrain is great for an intermediate rider but let down by the infrastructure.

New Chair Lift

30/10/2015

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    5

New Chair Lift

30/10/2015
Whilst Porters’ plans for major development over in the Crystal Bowl with a gondola and ski-in ski-out accommodation are a very long way off, the addition of a chair lift is a great first step towards becoming a top NZ ski field. Sure it’s not a fast quad chair or a particularly long chair, but at least it’s a chair lift and very luxurious compared to the daunting nutcracker ropetows at neighbouring ski fields. It allows those progressing their skiing or snowboarding to save their energy for going down the hill.

Porters is worth a visit for those staying in Methven to provide some variety, and an ideal alternative if Mt Hutt is Mt Shut. For advanced riders there’s enough variety at Porters for a day or two, but you’d also want to visit other Canterbury ski fields for a longer stay.

Porters’ major strength is its progression terrain and package deals for beginners to low end intermediates. See our Porters overview page for more on the pros and cons, and also see our ski resort ratings to see how we compare Porters to other ski resorts around the world.

Porters is on the rise

Dom
09/10/2012
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    3

Porters is on the rise

Dom
09/10/2012
Porters is a growing operation and with the planned developments can only get better.

It has decent quality groomed trails and snowmaking which is important in the Arthurs Pass locale when the white stuff has been a bit scarce.

Ski school and something for the whole family make this ideal for everybody once you factor in some of the better off piste runs around in Big Mama and Bluff Face. Although the latter are not always in condition you'll be hard pressed not to have a grin on your face for days after when you get it on a good day.

True kiwi ski experience with modern facilities. Good access road as well

The best day @ Porters!

Vikki
04/08/2011
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    2

The best day @ Porters!

Vikki
04/08/2011
We have just had the best day up at Porters! We got a family beginner package and the kids had never skied before, hubby and I had but not for years!

The guides/lift operators are all brilliant - fun and friendly! Kids all had a blast! We will be back for sure!

P.S. Thanks to Hannah in the ticket office for all her help over the internet!

A Quiet Achiever

15/07/2010

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  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    1

A Quiet Achiever

15/07/2010
Porters ski field has quietly transformed itself from a club field into a commercial ski resort with reasonably good services and facilities (relative to club fields). Porters has a lovely friendly culture which includes a strong emphasis on family friendliness.

Porters is particularly ideal for first-timers and other beginners in relation to the terrain as well as the enticing pricing structure. Lower end intermediates will also enjoy Porters, as will intermediate freestylers. The T-bar lifts are a step-up on nutcracker rope-tows but are still a far cry from the comfort and convenience of detachable quad chair lifts. There’s terrain for advanced riders but as is common for South Island ski fields, the terrain size is fairly small so there’s limited variety.

Like many other NZ ski areas, the cons include: no on-mountain accommodation necessitating a drive up the mountain each day; an unpaved access road with lots of switchbacks; major inconsistency with regards to the snow quality; and a lack of trees so there’s potential for impaired visibility and exposure to the weather. However when nearby ski areas are closed due to yucky weather, Porters sometimes has the ability to remain open, even if only the bottom lift.

For more detailed ratings of Porters and to see how it compares to other ski resorts around the world, see our powderhounds resort ratings.