14 March 2018
Canterbury ski area Porters has ramped up its summer activities with new mountain bike trails and year-round operation of Porters Lodge.
It now boasts 2.3 kilometres of purpose-built mountain biking trails.
The Porters Flow Trails are free to use with three zones catering for beginners to advanced riders.
Porters summer activities co-ordinator Jason Collins says the tracks were designed to be fun for all abilities and ages.
Collins says the trails are “like a gravity-fed pump track, full of hips, rolls, berms and tables".
"They are set amongst sub-alpine native vegetation, with uninterrupted views of the picturesque Southern Alps."
For those not riding, a short walking track accesses a ridge with views into Crystal Valley and of surrounding mountain tops.
Porters took over management of Porters Lodge last winter and the premises stayed open for the first time this summer.
The lodge sleeps about 40 and has a café/restaurant overlooking the trails and a licensed bar.
"Porters Lodge is becoming the hub for the area for bikers, walkers and as a place to just eat, have a drink and relax," Collins says.
Porters also offers 4WD transport to the ridge tops of Porters Ski Area, with views from the alps to the ocean.
It has a mountain bike shuttle service to tracks in Craigieburn Forest Park, which offers some of the best beech forest single track riding in the country.
Porters is just over an hour from Christchurch, off State Highway 73 on the way to Arthur's Pass.
It is close to popular destinations such as Castle Hill, Cave Stream, Craigieburn Forest Park and Lake Lyndon.
Porters Lodge is six kilometres along the access road.
Check out Porters' website for the latest weather, forecasts, trail conditions, café specials and events.