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Meet the New Zealand team

Natalie DeCaro
Natalie DeCaro

Natalie is originally from Canada. British Columbia to be precise. So if she chose to move to Wanaka and New Zealand then the skiing has to be fun! As you can see in her profile shot Natalie isn't a fan of the bright coloured ski gear preferring to hit the slopes in stealth mode. Natalie's favourite ski tip - 'speed beats style'.

Email: natalie@nzft.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 443 0845


Laura Davidson
Laura Davidson

In her own words, 'Laura is an awesome snowboarder, but she doesn't fly off cliffs or anything like that'. Which is good because we need her to come to work to arrange all those wonderful ski and winter holidays for you guys. Laura is also the worlds only 'snow skateboarder' - her special piece of equipment in the picture is a world first. Psss Laura, it's behind you! Laura's top ski tip - 'don't take a skateboard on a ski slope'.

Email: laura@nzft.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 443 0894


Shelley Ryder
Shelley Ryder

Shelley loves the snow and is an accomplished snowboarder. She also believes that if the magic carpet machine went fast enough she might actually fly. (It's not really magic Shelley!) Shelley loves planning ski and winter holidays. Holiday being the key word - in Queenstown and Wanaka there is so much to do even in winter so using her knowledge to make sure you have a great time is what she does best. Shelley's top ski tip - 'save money on a gym membership - just run down the magic carpet'.

Email: shelley@nzft.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 443 0846


Hayley Furze
Hayley Furze

Hayley spent the first few years of her working life managing two ski companies in Melbourne. Chasing back to back winters, she managed chalets in France and International Hotels in Canada. Wanaka was a “just here for the season” stop 11 years ago, which turned into 18 months, then returning at every opportunity. Hayley is an extremist, so naturally enjoys shredding the slopes on her snowboard. With Wanaka now home, she makes the most of our beautiful terrain by Downhill Mountain Biking in summer and Snowboarding in winter.

Email: hayley@nzft.co.nz
DDI: + 64 3 443 0847


Jane Zwerrenz
Jane Zwerrenz

As you can see Jane is almost a professional snowboarder. We did check to see if that was one of those new hover boards but no, it is a snow board. Originally from Germany, Jane has lived in Wanaka for many years. She says it's the combination of great skiing, NZ's alpine playground and her wonderful boss that makes it the place for her. (We can't actually back that last bit up with paperwork). Jane's top ski tip - 'you go much faster when your board doesn't touch the snow'.

Email: janez@nzft.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 443 0896


Christina Brockie
Christina Brockie

Christina has been skiing since she could walk. She’s a speed demon when it comes to the slopes and prefers to race down the hill rather than busting out tricks in the park. She has attempted Snowboarding, but after several bumps and bruises, she decided to stick to the Skis. Christina has volunteered with Adaptive Snow Sports, helping people with disabilities experience the freedom of snow sports. Christina’s top ski tip - If you ain't fallin', you ain't haulin!'

Email: christina@nzft.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 443 0892


Louise Barrett
Louise Barrett

Louise is originally from Australia so we made her wear those pink dungarees when she first hit the slopes to warn others of her impending high speed uncontrolled arrival. However she quickly became what she describes as 'a pretty bloody good snowboarder'. In her profile shot she is demonstrating a little known technique to aid braking - open your mouth as wide as you can, scream, and look like you're playing basketball - all at the same time! Seriously though - Lou can help you plan a great ski trip, she knows the ins and outs of the ski fields - just don't get any ski fashion advice from her.

Email: louise@nzft.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 443 0895


Salli Smith
Salli Smith

Salli may be a cautious skier, but that doesn't make her any less enthusiastic. She hopped on skis for the first time ever this season and loved it! She can’t wait for the bluebird days and awesome views of next season. She also likes to wear bright yellow pants in case she gets lost - both fashionable and forward thinking! What more could you want in a Ski Specialist? Give Salli a call today!

Email: salli@nzft.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 222 8012


Annelise Radford
Annelise Radford

Annelise grew up in Queenstown and learnt to ski as a young child. She should be practically professional by now - but sadly - several years spent in sunnier climates has meant a lapse in  technique. She’s back for good now though, and can't wait to get on the slopes this season! With her inside local knowledge that only comes from growing up in the area Annelise can plan your ideal ski holiday. Give her a call today!

Email: annelise@nzft.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 443 0890


Lauren Nevill
Lauren Nevill

Lauren grew up round here, so she’s a gun skier. However - a few years away and a couple of kids later, she now spends more time chasing her boys than actually skiing. But that's all about to change. She's back for good and can't wait to hit the slopes this winter! her local knowledge and her expertise mean when you deal with her, you can be sure you’re in good hands. Give her a call today!

Email: lauren@nzft.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 222 8002


Narissa Phipps
Narissa Phipps

Growing up in the UK, Narissa spent most of her holidays at the beach, so her first taste of winter was last year when she moved to New Zealand. She now loves the snow and excited to live in place where skiing is possible in the winter.

Email: narissa@nzft.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 443 0844