Porter Heights is a commercial skifield 85 km northwest of Christchurch. It has three t-bar lifts, a platter and a magic carpet and 620 metre vertical run. Top elevation is 1995 metres. These photos were taken on a ski day in late August, in what has been a low snowfall year.
The snow has gathered in this gully (above) through the combined effect of wind and snow guns. In this low snowfall year, the north facing slopes are bare. The lower part of the Big Mama ski run, this year all rocks, can be seen on the left. In good years, Big Mama provides great skiing from the ridge, 600 metres above.