|Elle, always chipper, with an awesome smile to boot!|
How many years have you guided for Active?
I’m about to jump into my third summer with Active…(Woah, that happened so quickly!)
|And she can rip on a snowboard too!|
How was your winter here – what were you doing – highlights/lowlights?
Winter is always awesome! I work as a ski/snowboard instructor, mainly with kids. Usually I’m at Coronet Peak Ski Resort, but I spent the second half of my season at The Remarkables Ski Resort (both near Queenstown). Each ski area is epic in its own right. Highlights? 200,000-ish vertical meters of fun times with my snowboard. Lowlights? Only 200,000-ish vertical meters! Actually, lowlights are few and far between in both of my jobs to be honest 🙂
|Hanging out with fellow instructors at Coronet Ski Resort|
What would be your #1 pick, in terms of activities, for the free day in Queenstown?
There are so so many things to choose from! I’ve always wanted to try river boarding/surfing, and I reckon our guests would love it, so that would be my pick.
What’s your favourite Active New Zealand trip to guide on and why?
I’d have to say the Rimu; getting out in the back country is great, no electricity, no cell phone reception, no worries! But I enjoy them all, each for their own reasons.
Most memorable on the job moment guiding?
There have been heaps – a romantic proposal up in the Siberia valley during a Tui, karaoke (with hairbrushes as mic’s) on the bus to Milford Sound, snow up at Angelus Hut in Nelson Lakes National Park, New Years bonfire at Okarito on the West Coast, dolphins at Ships Creek, sunsets and sunrises galore – I can’t really pick just one!
Stamps in your passport you’re most proud of?
Probably my first one, which was to Canada (via the States), only because I was really young and got there all by myself. (Well, I did get lost on the way, missed a flight and nearly got sent back to NZ due to a misunderstanding at customs…). But I got there in the end!
|‘I love dogs!’|
|Requisite bungy in Queenstown…|
What’s your best ‘go to’ recipe on the trail?
That would be telling! I like baking, and I have a mean chocolate cake recipe stashed up my sleeve, which gets whipped out now and again for a special occasion.
One word to describe yourself…
Only one? Then ‘chur’ [Kiwi-speak for cheers]. Can I have a few? I push my luck sometimes, I love to be outside doing stuff and most of all I love my friends and family (and dogs). Awww.
Which is the best: Fergburger in Queenstown or Redstar in Wanaka?
Well, that’s a hard question, what with Wanaka AND Queenstown being home. But, at the end of the day, while Redstar does make an epic burger and their aioli is just wonderful, Ferg have been there for me for the last 3 years, summer and winter. The Fergburger “original with cheese” is the first item on their menu and it’s soo good that I haven’t actually looked past it, so I gotta say Ferg.
|And we love Ferg.|
“A sweetheart. Very caring and nurturing and has a desire to make sure everyone is having a good experience. Her meals were outstanding and timely. Very observant and attuned to people’s needs. She is also quite knowledgeable.” – Fred Munson (Colorado, USA), Rimu, January 2012.