The Housing Crisis Leaves New Zealand Ski Area Employees Out In The Cold

The Housing Crisis Leaves New Zealand Ski Area Employees Out In The Cold

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The Housing Crisis Leaves New Zealand Ski Area Employees Out In The Cold

Cardrona Alpine Resort | Photo: Kiwi Discovery Queenstown | Cover Photo: Jason Pratt

Jackson Hole and Summit County aren’t the only mountain towns with a housing crisis.

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The problem is going international and now Queenstown, New Zealand is among the many ski towns experiencing a longstanding problem with housing a seasonal workforce.

Stuff.co.nz interviewed NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson who said the problem is only set to get worse. “It’s definitely getting tighter as the staff are coming into town. They are increasingly finding it more difficult to find accommodation.” 

Right now 200+ ski season employees are looking for housing. That extensive need for a roof and a bed has forced ski industry employers to ask locals via Facebook to help out by opening up any and all rental space to seasonal ski bums.

The crisis has since resulted in a barrage of hilarious social media posts. Stuff.co.nz recounted one such post by a 24 year-old American looking for housing that read, “175cm, 70kg of American man available this winter. Do you have private storage space for a man of this size?”

Find the entire Stuff.co.nz article here: Hundreds of Queenstown ski workers scrambling for a bed

 

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