Skiing, Photography and Home Baking!


By John Dunne.

Regulars to the Porters Ski Area last year still talk about Peter and Scott Curd – Bourgeois, ‘the twin boys in the orange and blue jackets’. The chirpy, near fifteen-year-old Darfield High School students will be back on Porters’ snow again this season, in their distinctive mountain host uniforms, joining a team of hand picked volunteers dedicated to meeting and greeting customers and assisting in the Mountain’s smooth operation.

Both are expert skiers who live for the sport and love the variety Porters offers, from the wide, easy slopes, to Big Mamma, Bluff Face and the chutes and bowls in-between. Living locally is a huge advantage, though it means Mum, Marissa, a keen snowboarder, is kept busy as the  family ‘taxi’.

The twins have been known to take their own baking to the ski field, so it comes as no surprise that previous recipients are hoping for a repeat this year!

Away from skiing, Scott is an enthusiastic mountain biker and jumps rider, while Peter is a sought-after photographer. His penchant for landscapes came about because his Mum didn’t want him posting ‘selfies  and personal stuff’ on social media; so Peter decided to put his iphone initially, to a better use. Now he works with a Canon 7d Mark II, a Sigma 10-22mm and Canon 50mm lens, along with an NSI 10 stop filter and tri pod. Peter got a big break when the Metservice  posted some of his work on their website and his images have also been snapped up by Kaikoura and Akaroa Tourism, among others.

Peter is evolving his photo / journalism work and can be followed on Instagram at: peter_photography_nz 

Expect to see him with his camera kit at Porters where the intended opening date, is June 21st.