25.05.2008 - 01.06.2008 39 °F
Outside of our apartment, our room is the top one, Mister Shifty is parked under one of our windows
Those are the Remarkables
Our first week has gone very well. We are settled into our room and have made some friends in our apartment complex. There are 3 other couples here that are also working for NZSKI (the company we work for that runs Coronet and The Remarkables). The weather cleared for a few days and we were able to enjoy our view and take a hike up to the top of the hill above Queenstown. There is a Gondola that runs to the top of the hill from downtown but there is also a nice trail that leads up the hill and it is connected to the trail that we take into town. So on Sunday last week we took the trail up to the top and spent some time enjoying the view and checking out one of the main attractions in town. There is also a mountain bike trail that leads down from the top which looked pretty cool. Other than that we just took it easy for most of the early week and bought some stuff for our new place.
The water front park looking across to the other side of Queenstown
The top of the Gondola
Coronet Peak where I will be working
Coronet Peak and valley
Kari with the Remarkables in the background
Looking down on Queenstown
We had our sign-up session on Wednesday last week, which consisted of an hour long talk about the company and then a quick signing of some employment papers and issuing of staff ID's and uniforms. Our staff ID's get us free skiing on any of 4 mountains and discounts around town at some bars and a couple of stores. Our uniforms are just simple black pants and merino wool sweaters. Thursday was a full day of training up the mountain at Coronet Peak where they are racing to finish our new building. It looks like it is going to be a very nice place to work for the season. The first day was just a bunch of really boring corporate power points by the CEO, the marketing director and the directors of both the ski peaks. They then brought in a company from Auckland that ran a day and a half customer service training event that might have been one of the most pointless things I have ever had to sit through. But it did provide a good chance to meet lots of people from different departments that will be up at the mountain this winter. Friday was just the second day of the customer service training during the day. That night we had a company party at one of the bars downtown and got a chance to go out partying with our coworkers and managers. It was fun but the bar was so loud that the only way to hear someone was to talk right into their ear, which made it really hard to get to know anyone. We have Monday off before starting our departmental training on Tuesday, which should be substantially more interesting.