Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt ski fields are spectacular places to work – and play!
NZSki, the company that owns and operates Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, employs about 1200 seasonal staff every winter. Along with our core team of full-time staff they undertake a wide variety of fulfilling and adventurous jobs that keep our ski areas running. We employ people with a diverse range of skills and experience from ski area veterans right through to those looking for their first ever seasonal role.
What jobs are available?
If this is your first winter, or your skills don’t quite match what we’re looking for in our specialised roles, you may want to consider applying for roles such as:
Food and Beverage Service Attendant
Guest Services and Ticketing Assistant
These are our more specialised roles that require relevant qualifications and/or experience:
Early Childhood Educators
Race Coaches and Crew
Ski Patrol and Medical Staff
Ski and Snowboard Workshop Technicians
Senior Roads Crew
Recruitment date for the 2019 winter season are as follows:
General Applications (Guest Services, Food and Beverage Attendant, Lift Operators etc.)
Open early March
Our various stages of recruitment take place January to May. Most of our managers don’t work with us over summer, therefore it can be anywhere from April to May before we start getting in touch regarding interviews etc.
If your application is successfully shortlisted to interview stage and your job involves guest contact, we will really want to meet you for your interview in person! To help with your planning, these interviews take place around mid-late May so plan to be in Queenstown or Mt Hutt by then. Once we have our crew recruited we will get you on board approximately one week prior to opening day for your company, department and health and safety induction.
Current scheduled opening dates are:
Mt Hutt – 7 June
The Remarkables – 8 June
Coronet Peak – 15 June
Please note; these dates are subject to change depending on weather and snow conditions.
We like to have fun while we work. Check out our end of season wrap video from the Remarkables.
Things You Need to Know
Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are spectacular places to work and play but there are some important things you need to know about working on a ski field. And then if you've still got questions, .
Why Work for NZSki
As well as getting to work in one of the world’s most stunning alpine locations, an NZSki job offers you many benefits.
Here are just some of them:
Free Season Pass for four mountains - lift access to Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt, The Remarkables and Ohau ski areas for full-time employees.
Free transport (when available) on your days off.
Free qualifications, training and development through our NZSki-U professional development programme – you can work towards 25 different nationally recognised qualifications (qualifications up to Level 5 are FREE, and the Bachelor of Applied Management at degree level is partially funded).
Free group skiing or snowboarding lessons.
A great reward and recognition programme.
An employee care programme, for those times when you are finding things a bit tough.
Discounted staff lunches, food and drinks, rentals and retail at our on mountain facilities, day passes at other ski areas around NZ, local business discounts in retail shops, cafes, gyms and activities in Queenstown, Methven and beyond.
The chance to work with great people – our international crew is motivated, professional, resourceful, enthusiastic, honest, adaptable, approachable and responsible.
Some days the temperature can drop to minus 10 degrees and you still need to work outside (thankfully the sunny days usually exceed the bitterly cold).
Work Hard, Play Hard
It is everybody’s job to get the mountain open and running so sometimes the work will be hard. Shovelling snow, directing traffic; we all pitch in to get the job done, no matter what the job is.
We would encourage you to have at least NZD $3000 available to you when you arrive. This will help set you up initially and help you survive until you start work. In our business the opening date can be delayed if there is no snow and no snow = no work
This is due to the weather and usually because it is too windy, making it dangerous for our crew and guests to be up the mountain. You need to budget for these as if we are closed then you won't earn your normal days wages. This is particularly relevant to Mt Hutt.
The hours that you will work each week will vary and you may only be advised you are required at short notice. As the weather can change quickly in the mountains and people don't need to book to go skiing, it is difficult to know how busy we will be on any given day. One thing we do know is that June and the last month of the season are generally quieter, while the middle of the season is very busy!
Health & Safety
It is really important that we provide a safe environment for our crew and guests and we know it takes commitment from both the crew and the company to do this. We have high standards and recruit a team that share these standards. Our health and safety policy includes random drug and alcohol testing. If you are not comfortable with this, then we may not be the company for you.
Employee Care Program
Everyone benefits from some extra support from time to time. Working with the Salvation Army and All Saints, you can get advice and support about homesickness, grief and addictions as well as life coaching skills, relationship counselling, budgeting advice or just an independent ear to listen.
The Remarkables & Mt Hutt ski areas are leading the way with New Zealand's 2025 vision of a smoke-free country and our company goal of providing a healthy workplace for our crew. The Remarkables & Mt Hutt are smoke-free environments for both guests and crew alike. This means you cannot smoke anywhere from the ski area access road up to the top of the lifts. Coronet Peak will join the smoke-free initiative in the future. When you are employed by NZSki, you may not smoke in uniform at any time, whether on or off the clock, on or off the mountain.
For Queenstown; We provide free transport for our staff on rostered working days to and from central Queenstown and the mountains. In addition to this, the majority of residential areas in Queenstown through to Frankton have a free morning and evening service to central Queenstown. Fernhill, Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country have a morning only service.
A $2 bus service is available to and from many other areas as well as the evening services back to Fernhill, Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country. For more information on this service please visit www.orc.govt.nz/public-transport/queenstown-buses
For Methven; We provide free transport for our staff on rostered working days to and from central Methven to Mt Hutt.
We also provide free transport to and from our skifields on your days off from central Queenstown and Methven on a space availability basis.
Where to live
Where you choose to live in Queenstown can have a big impact on your work/life balance as the travel times will vary quite a bit.
If you are working at The Remarkables, your travel times to and from Frankton and Frankton Road will be the shortest. Central Queenstown will be moderate. Fernhill, Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country will be the longest. Arthurs Point and Kelvin Heights is not serviced by the staff bus.
If you are working at Coronet Peak, your travel times to and from Arthurs Point will be the very short. Central Queenstown will be short. Fernhill, Frankton Road will be moderate. Frankton will be long and Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country will be very long. Kelvin Heights is not serviced by the staff bus.
Actual travel times will vary depending on traffic, weather and road conditions.