Remarkables' rentals head of department Will Curnow on his
last day of work at the skifield on Wednesday. Photo by
A desire to be a flight attendant brought Will Curnow
into the rentals department at the Remarkables, but after 18
winter seasons he is now about to pursue a building
After working an extended season lasting nearly two decades,
the majority of them at the Remarkables but with a few shifts
at Coronet Peak in the early days, Mr Curnow has prepared
snow equipment for thousands of people.
The Remarkables' rentals head of department finished his last
shift at the skifield this week, ready to start an adult
building apprenticeship on Tuesday - still based in
His colleagues had beckoned him back every year, with
everyone like-minded and ''here for the snow'', he said.
But what got him into the ski industry was actually the idea
that working at either the Remarkables or Coronet Peak, which
were owned by Air New Zealand back then, could result in a
foot in the plane in a flight attendant's uniform.
That was when he was 20 years old and since then he had
developed a passion for tuning skis.
Since his arrival from his hometown of Manurewa in South
Auckland he had seen many changes.
One was ''definitely the type of people we have working up
''The culture has changed - we used to hire anyone ... now we
are looking for a more customer-service-based type of
''Over the years the facilities, grooming machinery and
chairlifts have all got better since Trojan [NZSki's major
shareholder] took over.''
The types of people visiting the Remarkables skifield had not
changed - it still mainly attracted locals, young families
and ''young'uns wanting to learn freestyle'', he said.
The Remarkables is due to close tomorrow, after the skifield
took the closing date of Coronet Peak, NZSki's other