Sunday 5 October 2014 marked the end of the ski season for Porters but also the end of an era of the T1 t-bar. Work starts this week to remove the existing T1 t-bar ready for the installation of a new new four-seater chairlift over the summer. It is the first chairlift in almost a decade to be installed in the Canterbury region and will be the closest to Christchurch.
The existing T1 t-bar, the first to be installed at Porters in the early1970s, has taken skiers and snowboarders up the mountain’s intermediate slopes for over 40 seasons.
General Manager Uli Dinsenbacher said “It is the start of a new chapter in Porters history and shows our commitment to quality and investment in the Canterbury area. The chairlift will make the intermerdiate terrain more accessible for our customers and increase the skiable area. ”
“We will be undertaking major earthworks before the installation of the chairlift to create a new beginners area that is almost level with the car park and next to the existing intermediate platter slope.”
The work doesn’t stop on the ski slope however. The existing Cafe’s sun terrace is being expanded to provide more seating and a new grill and beverage serving area is being built.
“We want to maximise the facilities and opportunities we offer our customers on and off the slope” said Mr Dinsenbacher.
The first stage of the 8 month project is preparation of the site ready for major earthworks to commence. Earthworks will then begin creating the new beginners area, extending the sun terrace and widening the former t-bar slope and removing the narrow funnel at the bottom of the lower slope known to locals as D6.
The new chairlift towers and a short t-bar that will link the chairlift to the existing T2 t-bar will be installed after Christmas.
Follow the progress of the team over the summer on the Porters website www.skiporters.co.nz
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