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Porter Heights

Travelling west on Highway 73, follow the signposts to Arthurs Pass. The Porter Heights turnoff is well labelled on the left, about 10km from the top of the Porters Pass. The access road is a short unsealed road which winds its way up to the car park.


Porter Heights lifts run up two distinct valleys. It has ample beginners terrain, with two beginner tows just above the beginner area. There is plenty of on-piste for the intermediate to advanced.

The off-piste is dominated by two faces, Big Mama which towers above the true right of the base area, and Bluff Face which towers above the true left. At 620m, Big Mama boastes one of the largest verticle drops in one lift-accessed run in New Zealand. The avalanche hazard at Porter Heights is extreme, assessment and control take priority, and the buildings are all built to withstand the results.

Nearest Town Springfield
Distance (km) 41
Nearest Airport Christchurch
Distance (km) 112
Annual Snow Fall (m)  
Season Opens Early July
Season Closes Late September
Skiable Area (Hectares)  
Total Number of Lifts 3
Base Altitude (m) 1570
Highest Altitude (m) 1840
Beginner 15%
Intermediate 50%
Advanced 35%
Chairlifts 0
T-Bars 3
Platters 0
Rope Tows 1
Ski School Yes
Ski Hire Yes
Chain Hire  
Groomers Yes
Half Pipe  
Terrain Park  
Cafe Yes
Bar Yes
Accommodation on Ski Area Yes

Contact Details
Company Name Porter Heights Ski Area Ltd
Phone 64 3 3184002
Fax 64 3 3184008
Mail PO BOX 15, Springfield

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