NZ's first 'all-inclusive' season pass launched by Canterbury ski field

20 April 2017

In a first for the New Zealand ski industry, Porters Ski Area has launched an ‘all-inclusive’ Porters Premium Pass for the 2017 snow season.

Porters Ski Area is the closest ski area to Christchurch – just over an hour’s drive from the airport. Its intended opening day is 23 June, 2017.

The Porters Premium Pass is designed to let skiers and snowboarders get more snow time by including all the basics needed to get on the snow more quickly.

Our new all-inclusive season pass offers skiers and snowboarders tremendous value unmatched by any commercial ski area in Australasia

Uli Dinsenbacher, Porters Ski Area General Manager


“This season, we will also limit skier numbers to preserve a high quality experience for our guests, on and off the mountain”. said the general manager of Porters Ski Area Uli Dinsenbacher.

All season pass holders would be guaranteed access to the ski area on the few days when restriction was needed.

“This means skiers will enjoy uncrowded slopes and shorter queues, with improved access to Porters’ base facilities and car parking.

“Our new all-inclusive season pass offers skiers and snowboarders tremendous value unmatched by any commercial ski area in Australasia,” said Uli Dinsenbacher.

The all-inclusive Porters Premium Pass includes:
• Daily delicious, hearty lunch and complimentary all-day snacks with unlimited hot beverages including barista coffee
• one complimentary intermediate or advanced private lesson per season 
• unlimited group lessons for beginners, or unlimited skill improvement clinics for intermediates and advanced skiers or snowboarders
• complimentary daily ski or snowboard rental
• car parking adjacent to base facilities
• Personal on-mountain equipment storage
• a “no-turn-away” policy on capacity days
• complimentary ski/board wax
• 20% loyalty card for all on-mountain purchases (includes retail and café products)

“Our Premium Pass caters for all skiers and snowboarders. Nowhere else can you get unlimited complimentary group lessons for beginners plus a complimentary one-on-one private lesson with such a season pass,” said Uli Dinsenbacher.

“Our goal is to help beginners become accomplished skiers or snowboarders by the end of the season for an affordable price. For intermediate and expert skiers and snowboarders, we offer unlimited improvement clinics that are designed to help perfect technique on and off piste.”

In limiting numbers on the few days needed, Porters would use social media alerts to advise when the chairlift-serviced ski area was nearing comfortable skier capacity.

Staff would be stationed at the chain-fitting area to advise if the ski area was still receiving skiers.

Existing season pass holders can upgrade to any of Porters’ new season passes, which include two all-inclusive family season pass options. A family season pass (two adults, two children) is priced so one child is free.

“Porters is the only commercial ski area to include a food and hot beverage package as part of its season pass. Whether a family or individual, pass holders will save money by choosing to ski or snowboard at Porters this season said Uli Dinsenbacher.”

A Porters season pass is an option for skiers and snowboarders who have their own equipment and have no need for lessons. The Plus Pass includes a season lift pass plus delicious, hearty lunch and complimentary snacks with unlimited hot drinks including barista coffee and a complimentary ski or board wax.