Coronet Peak staff are doing their bit for the community as they wait for the mountain to open.
Sixty out of 220 NZSki staff – who haven’t worked yet due to lack of snow – have instead been doing volunteer services in their free time over the past two weeks.
The workers, from guest services, to lift operators and transport employees, won’t get paid till the skifield opens so their bosses came up with the initiative to pass the time.
NZSki management approached organisations like the Salvation Army, Red Cross and local schools to see if they needed any help – and workers were happy to oblige.
“It keeps you occupied while we’re waiting on the snow to go to work,” skifield bus driver Amelia Paget says.
Paget helped read books to youngsters at Queenstown Primary last week.
“It’s really good getting out and doing something, and if it’s going to help the community you might as well.”
Liftie Alan Carrie, who was also stationed at Queenstown Primary, didn’t mind helping out either: “I like being with kids and it keeps me busy.”
NZSki boss James Coddington says he’s delighted his workers have stepped up to help.
“I think it’s so special that individuals like that would want to give their time – at a time that’s very difficult for them right now.
“The community gives us so much and it’s fantastic to be able to give back in a positive way.”
NZSki management and staff also helped entertain 15 sick youngsters and their parents last weekend during the annual Cure Kids Ticket to Hope Queenstown visit.
The Coronet Peak staff affected are continuing to be fed free lunches by their employers each day. No new date has yet been given for the mountain’s opening.
Meanwhile, staff from The Remarkables have been undertaking training this week ahead of the skifield’s scheduled opening on Saturday. However, continued warm temperatures mean it’ll be unlikely to open as planned.