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Porter Heights

Porter Heights Ski Resort Guide

Porter Heights, New Zealand

Rated: 3/5 (from 4 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Beginners and Snowfall.
Highest Lift1,980m6,496ft
Resort Height1,300m4,265ft
 Nearest AirportsTimaru and Christchurch
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Porter Heights

Located in a Y-shaped valley with sunny, treeless runs including Big Mama and Bluff Face, two of New Zealand's longest and steepest lift-served trails. Daily transport from Christchurch (the closest ski area to it) and numerous other incentives for skiers.

Summary

The New Zealand ski resort of Porter Heights is at an altitude of 1,300m4,265ft.

Porter Heights has direct access to 17 marked pistes, served by a total of 5 ski lifts.

Skiing

Porter Heights offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Beginner skiers.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Porter Heights?

The next notable snow forecast is 7cm3in, expected on 24 April, with around 7cm3in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Porter Heights Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
12
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 3 
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 2 
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
5

Altitudes

Porter Heights Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,980m6,496ft
Lowest Piste1,300m4,265ft
Resort Altitude (Porter Heights)1,300m4,265ft
Max Vertical680m2,231ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Porter Heights
Expert Skiers
Beginners
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Porter Heights Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Porter Heights is 2km1 miles long.

Snowboarding

Known as 'Boarder Heights' to Snowboarders.

Location and Map

Where is Porter Heights?

This ski resort is in Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Porter Heights is Timaru, 61 minutes drive away.

Christchurch airport is also within three hours drive.

Christchurch and Timaru are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The five ski lifts are able to uplift 5,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 8 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Porter Heights open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is Mid June, and usual closing is Early Oct.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Porter Heights, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Porter Heights Tourist Office for the latest.

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