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post #1 of 9
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I am looking for any and all opinions regarding Ski Resorts in New Zealand & Australia. I am a student who is currently looking for summer employment, and as I have been teaching skiing outside Toronto a friend has recommended that I consider looking into employment as an instructor at a southern hemisphere resort. As I have family along Australia's southern coast I have decided to look into Australia and New Zealand. I am looking for a resort with a good nightlife and situated in an area where a car is not a necessity (buses to and from urban centers). Any past experiences or thoughts on resorts in this area would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Jon

[ March 07, 2003, 04:16 PM: Message edited by: proskibum ]
post #2 of 9
Check out

www.snow.co.nz

I'd suggest that Wanaka or Queenstown would meet your criteria. If you are an employee there are generally staff buses from town to the ski areas. The towns are below the snow line, so you always have to travel.

Wanaka has two ski areas - Cardrona and Treble Cone
Queenstown has Remarkables and Coronet Peak. I prefer the Wanaka ski areas, but most think Queenstown has the better night life, but Wanaka is catching up fast. During the ski season, Wanaka is full of skiers, whereas Queenstown is also full of tourists there looking at the scenery. Both are difficult to get rental accomodation, but I'd think you'd have more luck in Wanaka.
post #3 of 9
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thanks julie the information was greatly appreciated.
post #4 of 9
Concur on what Jules says about NZ.....

A few options in Oz as well.....The sort of place you are describing in New South Wales is Thredbo (not my ski hill - I ski at Perisher Blue). It has the best nightlife of any of the Oz resorts. Buses leave to Canberra and Sydney daily if that's what you want to do....

Don't know about Victoria, but a few of the Vic's on the DB will chirp up I guess....

By the way - you had better hurry....Applications close pretty soon for all positons...

You might also like to look over at www.ski.com.au

My 2c

jdm
post #5 of 9
Today (10 March NZ time) if the last day to buy a cheap season pass for 4 fields for $499 NZ (halve to get US dollars)

Coronet Peak, Queenstown
Remarkables, Queenstown
Mt Hutt (about 90 mins from CHC)
Ohau, McKenzie Country

Check out
http://www.nzski.com/

If you end up going to Queenstown and work, you'll be staff. But if you got to Wanaka, might be worthwhile so you can try out a few other areas. A full day pass at Coornet Peak is going to be over $70.

Also, Treble Cone (in my view the BEST area in NZ), has cheap passes until 14 March. Check out
http://www.treblecone.co.nz

If you like adventurous skiing, get a job at Treble Cone. Most vertical in NZ, and challenging. You never get bored there, I've skiied there 25 years and still can't get enough of it when conditions are good.

[ March 09, 2003, 03:41 PM: Message edited by: julie from nz ]
post #6 of 9
Julie, seems like the prices in NZ have really taken a hike this season. I was going to ski TC this season, but they went out on their own with pricing. Got nzski.com pass again just because of $$, so it looks like Mount Shutt again for me this year ... groan.
post #7 of 9
Thredbo does not generally provide accomodation on the hill (neither I belive does Perisher Blue)... so you will be 'given' (for money) accomodation in Jindabyne... you will then need to drive or get a ride somehow to either Thredbo(for Thredbo) or the ski tube (for Perisher - they will also 'give' you a nice big discount on the skitube for the season I believe)
Ant can give you the run down on Perisher Blue
Charlottes pass you get to live on snow - again ask Ant

Thredbo - not a bad bunch & fun place - good night life in village if you want to pay to live there. My favourite resort - but I have only skied there or Falls Creek.

Falls Creek (Victoria) - they will accomodate you on the hill in staff quarters (4 to a room I believe is average) - they say they will feed you but don't have an appetite or wish to maintain your current body weight(exception for those that know me & get cakes & cookies to supplement diet)...
alternatively you can organise accom on mountain or down at Mt Beauty - there are buses from beauty & many staff coming up if you want to organise rides (buses are private & not that cheap from memory...)
However you will have FUN here - they always seem to be a happy bunch. Nightlife not as good as Thredbo - but the ski school seems to have a ball generally...

Ummmm - unless you have international level cert I think you will have to do hiring clinic in June at Thredbo & Falls... that will cost you money... Also you will need working visa as far as I know...

check the web sites
Thredbo

Falls Creek

umm - sorry don't keep perishers - have a look where skimoore linked to - should be links to all resorts
post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally posted by Pete:
Julie, seems like the prices in NZ have really taken a hike this season. I was going to ski TC this season, but they went out on their own with pricing. Got nzski.com pass again just because of $$, so it looks like Mount Shutt again for me this year ... groan.
Treble Cone has changed ownership and have some expansion plans that have to be paid for, for example, a new chair in the saddle for 2004. They also did some research and thier average number of skier days per seasons pass was a lot higher than other areas, TC seems to attract more 'serious' skiers than some of other resorts who attract the recreational skier. So using their research they came up with multiple options, eg. $799 for full seasons pass, $399 for 10 days, and $39 each day after. I remember 5 or 6 years ago, we always bought our seasons pass early so we could get it at the discounted price of $699 or $799, so prices have gone back to where they were - but the lift pass cost a lot more. Their $799 price helped me decide the national ski pass at $899 was good value, cause I wanted both TC and Mt Hutt.

I hope the nor'wester does not affect Mt Hutt like last year, was closed for so many days. If you decide to head down to Wanaka, your nzski.com pass gives a discount at TC, either $20 or $15.
post #9 of 9
If you're a student, you might qualify for the student working visa, for which you do not need an employer to sponsor you. In the US, it's called a J1. We'd have a reciprocal arrangement, I'm sure.

That would mean you could do the hiring clinics (held in mid June). If you are certified and have good experience, you can try and get a job offer on the strength of that.

I do know of a US certified level 1 with one season's experience being offered a sponsored visa, so there you go!

Staff get a gratis ski pass: PB throws in the ski tube also.
Oz resorts (add a .com.au to extrapolate their url!)

thredbo perisher blue mt buller mt hotham falls creek Selwyn Snowfields mt buffalo mt baw baw mt beauty charlotte pass
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