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.
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.