The Canterbury skifield underwent a $7 million makeover during the summer. On Saturday, a celebration for those first on the new lift will start at 9am.
A new fixed-grip quad chairlift was installed on the valley’s south side. The lift’s 93 chairs can carry 2000 people an hour. The upper mountain can be accessed by three t-bar lifts from the chair’s offload area.
Other developments include a new beginner’s area with a carpet lift, next to the intermediate lift. Both areas have been moved to car park level. The ski area now has a radio frequency lift pass system for quicker lift access.
All lifts except Porters’ two uppermost t-bars are now electrically powered.
Porters marketing manager Dan Walbeoff said more than 65,000 cubic metres of earth had been moved to make a clear open slope that improved Porters’ main run’s flow.
Walbeoff said the rental department had been fully refurbished and kitted with mostly new equipment.
The cafeteria’s outdoor deck has been doubled in size and has a new food outlet selling gourmet hot dogs.