Darren Cavill — Porters Ski Area’s newly appointed general manager

New beginnings at Porters

by Ann van Engelen

After 34-years in the role of general manager, Uli Dinsenbacher has stepped down at Porters Ski Area with Darren Cavill, operations director from Select Contracts NZ appointed to take over the reins.

Uli took up the role in 1985, three years after his arrival in New Zealand from Germany.

“I have been incredibly lucky to have had this dream job, but the time is right for me to now take a step back. Porters will always have an important place in my heart, and you will still see me up on those slopes for many years to come,” he says.

“It is the people who make Porters the special place that it is, and who I will miss the most. Porters is more than a ski field, it is a community of friends and family, and that is something that I believe is unique to us. It is exciting to see some of the plans for the future, but one thing that will never change is that feeling of community and the friendships that are forged and maintained on that mountain.”

Uli will continue with the company in an advisory role this winter.

“I am thrilled that we will still be able to tap into his extensive knowledge and expertise and have no doubt that we will continue to see plenty of him on the ski field,” says Darren.

“It is an immense privilege to take on the role of general manager at a ski field as well-loved as Porters, and at a time when there are such exciting developments in the pipeline.”

Porters director Simon Harvey says Uli will be hugely missed.

“I want to say a huge thank you for everything that he has given Porters.

There is no way that Porters would be the place it is without all of the time, energy and passion that Uli has given to it. He will always remain an important member of the Porters family.

“The future is exciting, and we know that this can be a truly world-class, year-round resort, and we are committed to making that happen. We are thrilled to have Darren and Select Contracts on board with their expertise as we evolve our operation and the developments unfold.”