If you have any questions, please get in touch using the details or contact form below. During busy periods in the winter season, it can be difficult for us to answer the phone but we will be sure to return your call or email later in the day.
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PLEASE NOTE: our phone line is only open during winter months on operational days, May through September.
03 318 4731
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Porters Ski Area
PO Box 15, Springfield,
Canterbury, New Zealand
To help answer your question at our busiest times, below are the answers to our most commonly asked questions.
Opening and Closing Dates
Our lifts operate from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week. Sometimes lifts may be on hold due to difficult weather; the quickest way to stay up-to-date with the lift status on any given day, is to read our Snow Report. We update that before anything else!
Forecast and Conditions
How to find us
Are chains needed?
Whether chains are needed depends on the amount of snow or ice on the road, and whether there is more snow forecast. Sometimes we require chains to be in your vehicle and will check before you head up the mountain. This is to ensure you can safely travel down the mountain if the forecast snow arrives! Check out our Snow Report for daily updates.
Mountain shuttles and snow chains
We offer a free shuttle bus from the Porters access road (just a couple of km off SH73). It only operates on days that chains are required. We update signage throughout the day, so take a look at the signs and if chains are not required, just drive yourself up to the top car park! You can find out if chains are required each day by reading our Snow Report.
Shuttles from Christchurch
What needs to be pre-booked?
Day passes, group lessons, packages and our rental equipment cannot be booked in advance. Just arrive at Guest Services as early as possible to guarantee your spot (we recommend arriving at least an hour before a group lesson to give you the best chance of a place). To guarantee a private lesson, please book at least 24 hours in advance and we will do our best to arrange your lesson at your preferred time.
Tobogganing or playing in the snow
We have a small area adjacent to the chairlift that can be used for snow play/tobogganing. We also have rental toboggans available for $15.
Rides on the chairlift
Guests can only travel on the Easy Rider chairlift with skis or a snowboard (and are competent to get down again safely). No 'foot passengers' can ride the chair.
We hope that answers your question, but if there's anything we've missed, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We hope to see you at Porters soon!