Mountains high and top people

Coronet Peak Ski instructor Michele Fuller (left) with one of her students, Christopher Kingsley...
Coronet Peak Ski instructor Michele Fuller (left) with one of her students, Christopher Kingsley-Wilkins. Photo by John MacKenzie.
In part two of our weekly winter series Off Piste, profiling NZSki staff at Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, Michele Fuller fills us in on the ups and downs of her job.

Name: Michele Fuller

Job: Coronet Peak ski instructor

Q) How many seasons have you done in this job and why did you choose it?

A) This is my 28th season here at Coronet. I chose it for the diversity of the mountains and the people from all walks of life and nations.

Q) How would you describe the work?

A) I wouldn't do it unless it was fun. I love the people and the skiing.

Q) What's the best thing about it?

A) Definitely the people, but also to be able to stand on the mountain and see all the views with all the photographic views the mountain has to offer.

Q) And the worst thing about it?

A) The cold dark mornings. I spend the other half of the year ski instructing in Colorado and it's light straight away there.

Q) How would you describe life in Queenstown?

A) I just like what it has to offer.

It's a non-stop summer or winter wonderland.

Q) What's the best advice you have for someone moving to Queenstown for seasonal work?

A) Apply early, and make a personal connection with them [your prospective employer]. They want to see how you interact with people.

Q) What has been your most amusing skifield experience to date?

A) Watching a Bollywood movie star trying to ski down the mountain. It was hilarious.


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