Porter Heights

Ski resorts in New Zealand

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01/12/2004
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Well!

Worked a season in Porter Heights from July to October 2004 as a ski instructor.

The ski area is small but is proud of this very good ride. It is steep and rocks everywhere. Recommend that you use your "rock hoppers" as they so well called it, ie do not take the few skis you are most afraid of. Since all the southern Alps consist of sharp rocks, you can imagine what they do with the skis where the snow cover is too thin.

Porter Heights has the longest / steepest field of the southern hemisphere, ie the longest slope is not south of the equator. The ship is called Big Mama and sucks the mustache out of the most well-behaved :)

Three T-lifts take you to the top and then you have 700+ vertical meters down again.

You do not live there, but you do in Springfield that is at the foot of the mountains. Will take about 30 minutes by car.

Are you willing to "haik" a little, there is really good skiing in Crystal Valley, the valley next door. However, inform the ski patrol before going there, partly to check the avalanche, which may be imminent sometimes, and partly to be able to get assistance on something happening.

Two rides I recommend are Bluff Face and, of course, Big Mama.

In addition, if you stay there for a long period, I recommend something called Chill Pass. Then you have access to a number of fields within an hour's drive with really good driving, including Cragiburn, Broken River, Mt Cheesman, Porter Heights ...

Have fun!

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Rider: Ben Wilson Photo: Simon Lindberg

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