Ski staff get creative for rooms
Seasonal workers desperate to find rooms in Queenstown are using cheesy advertisements in an attempt to get noticed.
Skiers and snowboarders are posting on Queenstown’s community Facebook groups advertising themselves as prospective flatmates.
Keen skier Chris Romano, 24, was hoping to secure a single room before moving from Salt Lake City in the United States to Queenstown in May to work at a ski shop.
He said he wanted to be different with his social media post.
‘‘175 cm, 70 kg of American man available this winter. Do you have private storage space for a man of this size?’’ his advertisement said.
‘‘Before I posted it I had a look through other ads on the page and, quite frankly, they were all boring and the same. I wanted something a bit more unique and attention-grabbing.’’
The advertisement had been up for one week and no-one had contacted him.
‘‘I’ve been talking to people in my community, co-workers and friends who worked in Queenstown, and it’s come to light that the rental accommodation market is a mess in Queenstown,’’ he said.
Keen snowboarder TJ Allman, who last visited the resort in 2009, said social media was his main accommodation-hunting platform.
Offered a job at the Remarkables ski field, Allman, 22, and his girlfriend Anna Pedersen, 21, will move to Queenstown in May.
Speaking from the Canadian ski resort, Whistler, Allman said correct wording of a Facebook advertisement was crucial.
First, a grabbing intro was needed.
‘Kia Ora,’ reads Allman’s ad on For Rent in the Queenstown Facebook group.
‘‘I’m partly Maori and have whanau living in the North Island, so even starting with Kia Ora is already an advantage,’’ Allman said.
‘‘Then list three important potential flatmate qualities: quiet, clean and respectful.
‘‘No one is going to put that they leave dirty dishes on the bench and go out four nights a week,’’ Allman said.
The couple have had a few offers from Gibbston, Cromwell, Kingston and Frankton.
Last year NZSki offered accommodation for 900 Queenstown ski workers in Cromwell.