Unlike Europe or America, New Zealand's ski fields are generally not set up as resorts with chalets and lodges on the mountains. Instead accommodation and the apres ski night life are often in surrounding towns, that connect with the main ski areas via daily shuttle buses. And this is exactly what it's like in the South Island, at Coronet Peak (and the Remarkables) where I have spent the past few months working, and also the other ski fields just down the road near Wanaka that I visited on my days off - Treble Cone and Cardrona. Last year was a very bad year snow wise in New Zealand, but this year there has been a fair bit of snow, which has been topped up regularly with the gucci snow making machines.
I have really enjoyed the experience of working on a mountain, the drive up the mountain each day certainly beats taking the train into London!! My snowboarding has also improved, maybe not as much as I had hoped, but sometimes it's just not easy to get out on the slopes as much as you would like when work is busy. But I'm definitely going to keep it up, and I will be looking into booking a European holiday on the slopes for next year. And who knows, I haven't ruled out completely the option of coming back to Queenstown one day!