Snow just the ticket for Brit

Coronet Peak retail assistant Anthony Mitchell. Photo by Morgan McFiew.
Coronet Peak retail assistant Anthony Mitchell. Photo by Morgan McFiew.
In this week's Off Piste, Coronet Peak retail assistant Anthony Mitchell (22), originally from Leeds in England, shares the highs and lows of his job.

What's involved in your job?

I answer customers' queries and find them some pretty rad products. This can range from stuff they've forgotten, usually for brand new skiers, or it can be for seasoned pros. Our best-selling products are goggles so you'll normally find me by the displays pointing out all the best features.

What skills or experience do you need?

You need to know about the technical specs of the products. You need to be a people person in this job and have a few years' snow experience to be able to talk confidently about what we sell in the shop. Plus I love goggles, which kind of helps!

What were you doing before you joined NZSki?

I was throwing it down on the frisbee golf course and before that I was a chalet minion in Tignes, France. I've followed winter back-to-back for the past three years and I'll be carrying that on for the foreseeable future.

Highs of the job?

A high has got be getting to work up on the mountain and meeting people who have never skied before, knowing they're going to have an awesome day.

Lows of the job?

We work long hours and it's a very early morning start.

Your most memorable skifield moment?

Having a dance-off with a robot while dressed as Shred during Mountain Mayhem Queenstown Winter Festival. I threw down the best moves.

Best part of living in Queenstown?

The people make Queenstown - everyone is very friendly, of a similar mindset and every night's a party.

Worst part of living in Queenstown?

The commute to and from Fernhill, but that is my fault for choosing to live there.

Best piece of advice for people who come here for the season?

Ride hard and take advantage of all of the mountain.

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