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Snowverload! Canterbury’s fields set to deliver great skiing

19 June 2015

Snowverload! Canterbury’s fields set to deliver great skiing

The latest winter storm has brought a mighty 120cm to Mt Hutt and 100cm to Porters Ski Area just in time for Porters' opening tomorrow, 20 June.

Porters, just over an hour west of Christchurch, is a family-friendly ski area for all ages and stages of ability. A new chairlift this season will makes its debut tomorrow with the Easyrider connecting the base to the upper mountain making more of the mountain accessible to those not so confident with other lifts.

Methven’s Mt Hutt, 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch, is one of the largest and highest ski areas in the South Island. It has a Kids 4 Free deal where children 10 years and under get free accommodation, transport and meals in Methven when accompanied by a paying adult, plus free lift passes every day at Mt Hutt.

Wide-open spaces and amazing scenery are a couple of the drawcards for skiers heading to the fields of Canterbury this winter.

Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism (CCT) and its tourism partners are encouraging Australians and North Islanders and Canterbury locals to take to the Canterbury slopes.

“Our unique fields are some of the South Island’s best-kept secrets,” says Rowan Worner, CCT General Manager Marketing.

“We are getting the inside word out to skiers and boarders looking for fresh snow. This is skiing the way it’s supposed to be,” she says.

Canterbury has 12 ski fields, all within a few hours drive from Christchurch International Airport.

“Each of these fields has its own charm, and they are all so close that it is easy to plan a winter break visiting several different spots. The whole atmosphere is magical – quiet slopes, friendly locals and a chance get on the road exploring,” she says.

For more information go to www.christchurchnz.com

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