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Well I am an awesome snowboarder! Not that I fly off cliffs or anything which is good because I need to come to work to arrange all those wonderful ski and winter holidays for you guys! I love everything about the snow, snowboarding and the beautiful New Zealand mountains. My top ski tip is 'don't take a skateboard on a ski slope'.
I love the snow and you will find me snowboarding most of the winter. I love planning ski and winter holidays as this is something I am very passionate about. Holiday being the key word – in Queenstown and Wanaka there is so much to do even in winter so using my knowledge to make sure you have a great time is what I do best. My top ski tip – save money on a gym membership – just run down the magic carpet!
I am almost a professional snowboarder…. No it is not one of those new hover boards it is a snow board. I am originally from Germany, but have lived in Wanaka for many years. It’s the combination of great skiing, NZ's alpine playground and of course my wonderful boss that makes this the place for me. My top ski tip is - 'you go much faster when your board doesn't touch the snow'.
I have been skiing since I could walk. I love speed so when it comes to the slopes I prefer to race down the hill rather than busting out tricks in the park. I have attempted Snowboarding, but after several bumps and bruises, I decided to stick to the Skis. I have also spent time volunteering with Adaptive Snow Sports, helping people with disabilities experience the freedom of snow sports. My top ski tip - If you ain't fallin', you ain't haulin!'
I am originally from Australia and when I first hit the slopes of New Zealand I was forced into a hideous pair of pink ski overalls, bright enough to warn others of my impending high speed uncontrolled arrival...however, I quickly became a pretty good snowboarder and have since mastered the local fields! I can help you plan a great ski trip, I know the ins and outs of the ski fields - just don't get any ski fashion advice from me!
Backcountry snowboarding is my biggest love and after 5 winters in Japan chasing powder and 2 working for ski resorts here in New Zealand (plus countless snow holidays) I know the ins and outs of what makes an incredible ski holiday for anyone from aprés skiers, to beginners, to snow addicts like me. I’m lucky enough to call Wanaka my home, with world-class ski resorts and untouched mountain terrain at my doorstep. My top skiing & boarding tip - you don’t have to be good at it to have fun!
Originally from the Bay of Islands, I had itchy feet to explore the rest of the world. After years of living in the UK and Australia, I am excited to be back in my home country and Wanaka has made this easy. It's amazing to be back i this beautiful part of the world and I can't wait to help people discover their own New Zealand.
Growing up in the UK, I spent most of my holidays at the beach, so my first taste of winter was last year when I settle in Wanaka and got to experience Treble Cone and Cardorna for the first time. I Can’t believe what I have been missing out on I absolutely loved my first ski season and can’t wait for many more. It is exciting that I now live in a place where skiing is possible in the winter.
I grew up in Christchurch and spent most of my summers and many winters in Central Otago. I took off overseas as soon as I finished university and explored the world for a few years, returning to New Zealand with a new appreciation of the country. With my extensive knowledge of New Zealand and all it has to offer I look forward to making all your New Zealand holiday dreams come true.
I am a snowboarder, I don’t feel I would be co-ordinated enough to manage skis! I live in Wanaka and enjoy the exploring the surrounding ski fields! If I’m not up the mountain you will find me cuddled up with a hot chocolate and blanket by the fire. My hot tip is always wear wrist guards! Even if you think you’re a pro!
I was a lucky child whose parents believed holidays and weekends meant the beach, the bush, road trips and winter seaside picnics. I have chosen to bring my daughter up in Wanaka, where my most precious moments are still made up of the simple things; listening to the lapping lake and roaring river, the taste of summer vineyards and walking through fresh winter snow. Bring on the ski season!
I was born in New Zealand and I have traveled its winding roads my whole life. Finding secret spots is my favourite pastime – which I usually promptly tell everybody about in my excitement! Nothing can replace or mimic our unique kiwi culture combined with our ever changing winter landscape. I love the mountains and the snow and I am so excited to help you see my beautiful home!
I was born in Cape Town and moved to the hustle and bustle of London when I was 10 years old. I craved fresh air, mountain, snow and an outdoors lifestyle so made the move to Wanaka and am loving every minute!! My weekends consist of trying to cram in as much hiking, skiing, and kayaking as possible. I have the best job.. sharing these hidden gems with you!
I am a proud kiwi and have lived in Wanaka since I was 9 years old. Living in paradise has given me the opportunity to experience so many awesome things and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My biggest passion is skiing, and this has taken me all over the world. From this experience I have learned what makes a great ski holiday so let's create an amazing New Zealand winter adventure for you.
Born and raised in Wellington I came to spend a summer holiday in Wanaka a few years ago and instantly fell in love. I decided to leave the city life and make my way to the beautiful lakes and mountains. I love to be outdoors exploring and hiking. I am incredibly lucky to live here in this awesome part of the world, let me show you why!
I love both kinds of skiing and Wanaka is the perfect place to indulge in them both - I couldn't live anywhere better! I am the Sales Manager here at Ski New Zealand and have the absolute pleasure of leading this extraordinary group of New Zealand Ski holiday specialists. If there's anything I can help you with please get in touch.