Family Ski Fun Close to Christchurch

Family skiing and riding is fun and fulfilling. Porters has great learners' areas and is the closest ski area to Christchurch.

Skiing with youngsters is fun and fulfilling but managing the logistics are not with their challenges!

That is where Porters steps in, being the closest commercial ski area to Christchurch city at only 89 kilometres away (around 1 hour’s drive).


It is not only easy to get to Porters but they boast the best learners’ area in Canterbury.

After extensive work on the slopes over recent years there are gentle learners’ slopes, an easy ride magic carpet and protective safety fencing all of which is close to the car park.

“We’ve focused on creating a very smooth and gradual transition from the learners’ magic carpet to the platter and then onto the Easy Rider chairlift”, comments Anton Wilke from Porters. More than 60% of the terrain is dedicated to beginners and intermediate skiers and riders.


Every day, all season long children 10 years and under get free lift passes. It doesn’t get much better than that.

However Porters have taken their family friendly approach further by offering families 15% off their lift rentals and group lessons based on a minimum of 1 adult and 1 child from the same family. Even grandparents are included!


Families can enjoy fun in the snow from the scheduled opening date of 22 June 2016 right through until early October – conditions permitting.

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