Sk­i­field manager talks

Wanaka ski in­dus­try iden­tity Brid­get Leg­navsky re­flects on busi­ness, one year af­ter tak­ing on the role of gen­eral manager at Cardrona Alpine Re­sort. Mar­jorie Cook re­ports.

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Brid­get Leg­navsky cy­cles in a frock, skis in a ball gown and hol­i­days in a car­a­van at Glendhu Bay.

The for­mer owner-buyer for 47 Frocks is an ex­pert on New Zealand fash­ion.

She’s also an ex­pert on the tightknit, fun-lov­ing ‘‘Cardrona cul­ture’’.

Now in her sec­ond year as gen­eral manager of Cardrona Alpine Re­sort, she shared her story with the Wanaka Cham­ber of Com­merce women’s group last week.

For the best part of 10 years, Leg­navsky has been hold­ing two full­time jobs while study­ing and rais­ing two chil­dren.

The re­ac­tion to her jaw­drop­ping story of life-work bal­ance made her gig­gle: ‘‘You thought you knew me!’’

Leg­navsky re­flected on the im­por­tance of un­der­stand­ing your own back­ground and learn­ing in re­la­tion to ca­reer.

‘‘I of­ten ask peo­ple, if you didn’t have to work, what would you do?

‘‘I would ski and buy clothes,’’ she said.

Leg­navsky grew up in Lake Tekapo and went to Craig­head Dioce­san School in Ti­maru, where she was head girl in 1989.

But from a young age, she was work­ing at her par­ents’ tourism busi­ness, Air Sa­faris, do­ing ev­ery­thing from re­fu­elling air­planes to sell­ing tick­ets.

Leg­navsky says her par­ents are

Sk­i­field frock: Brid­get Leg­navsky takes to the slopes in a ball gown.

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