Coronet Peak boss resigns


One of NZSki’s longest-serving senior managers has resigned.

Coronet Peak’s ski area manager Hamish McCrostie will leave the company on December 21, NZSki chief executive James Coddington announced in a statement today.

McCrostie has worked at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in various roles for the past 32 years.

He says the time has come to leave the industry and pursue other challenges.

“I’m immensely proud of what I’ve achieved and it’s been an awesome time. I’ve met and worked with lots of great people, made some lifelong friends, and travelled around the world with the industry.

“It’s certainly been a big part of my life and I’m looking forward to continuing my passion for skiing as a ‘keen local’.”

After starting out with former Coronet owners Mount Cook Group in 1980, he went on to become head of patrol at The Remarkables when it opened in 1985. He was responsible for developing the new area’s safety systems and was a main driver in the development of the avalanche safety programme. He was later appointed as the patrol manager for both Coronet and Remarks in 1989.

He was eventually appointed ski area manager of The Remarkables in 1995 and in 2007 became ski area manager of Coronet Peak, overseeing massive ski area developments during that time.

He is a small shareholder of NZSki Limited, according to the Companies Office.

Coddington says Mr McCrostie had not only contributed hugely to NZSki during his 32-year career, but also made a significant contribution to the New Zealand ski industry.

“He served on the NZ Mountain Safety Council’s Snow and Avalanche Advisory Committee from 1985 until 2010, the last six of those as convener.”

McCrostie sat on the MSC board for 2009/2010, and was instrumental in the development of national avalanche education programmes that are recognised internationally and are industry standard today.

“He also set up the pilot courses for pre-hospital emergency care with the old National Ambulance Officers’ training school, now a standard in our adventure tourism industry, and is currently a board member of Snow Sports New Zealand, a role he will continue with,” Coddington says.

The NZSki board and every staff member who worked with McCrostie over the years would be sad to see him go, he adds.

“We thank him very much for his enthusiasm, hard work and leadership, and will very much miss the stories and sense of humour,” he said.

“Above all else we’ll miss Hamish’s passion for the industry he gave so much to. We really wish him all the very best in the next phase of his career and life and can’t wait to have him back on our mountains with his family as guests.”