Cheapo snow passes for teachers who take up kids

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Wakatipu teachers are getting a lift up the slopes with a special discounted NZSki season pass this year. 

Local school teachers will pay just $150 to ski or snowboard at either Coronet Peak or The Remarkables for the season as part of an initiative to attract and keep teachers in the resort. 

Wakatipu High board member Greg Turner says the offer for his school teachers is to feature in a unique card that provides discounts from a range of local businesses. 

“Queenstown’s an expensive place to live and work and there’s no recognition of that extra burden in salaries. 

Effectively teachers in this area, for all intents and purposes, are being paid less. They have a financial burden that’s greater here than elsewhere. 

“It’s a way of them saying to teachers, ‘We recognise your input … and here’s one way we can do something to help’,” Turner says. 

NZSki boss James Coddington says the offer is for primary and secondary teachers involved in the schools’ snow programme. 

“Because they spend a lot of time and effort helping out the children, we’ve provided them with an opportunity to go skiing and snowboarding outside of school time.” 

Kids’ season pass prices have also been cut by $10 this year – to $150 for secondary kids and $90 for primary. 

“We’ve made a conscious effort to provide affordable skiing and riding for the children in the valley and we’ll always be committed to that,” Coddington says. 

NZSki’s $90 increase in earlybird season passes for adults – to $889 this year – sparked a public outcry when prices were announced in February.