Snow Report

Ohau is Opening on Sat 29 June

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Working at Lake Ōhau Lodge and Ski Fields.

Lake Ōhau Lodge is an iconic 72 room NZ high country lodge on the shores of Lake Ōhau in the Southern Alps, the headwaters of the Waitaki Valley.  The Lodge is unique in its style and we pride ourselves on providing genuine and friendly Kiwi hospitality along with amazing food.  We live in an extraordinary natural landscape with a large lake, mountains, river valleys and walking trails on our back door step so if you love the outdoors, one of these positions could be for you. We are a medium to large family run business catering for tours and functions over summer and skiers and snowboarders over winter. We are the Ōhau family and we treat every guest as if they were a guest in our own home.  We choose positive and happy people who will work as a team and who will go that extra distance, offering that personal touch to make our guests feel welcome. 

With Lake Ōhau Lodge Ski fields being relatively remote (30 minutes from the local town and supermarket) we have a variety of staff accommodation and meal packages available. From $90 p/w - for a shared room only, to $300 p/w - for single room and full meal option, package. Staff are welcome to organise their own arrangements and travel to Lake Ōhau Lodge.

Lake Ōhau Lodge Employment

All positions are current full.

WINTER 2024 

A complete list of available roles for the winter season at Lake Ohau Lodge will be available at the start of June, so be sure to check back then!


Ōhau Snow Fields Employment

Ōhau Snow Fields is the original NZ high country boutique snow and ski field situated in the Southern Alps south of Mt Cook. Ōhau has a double chair lift, a platter and a snow mat.

WINTER 2024:

Applications for positions will be accepted from February, 2024.

Enquiries should be addressed to

Please note that the ski season will be starting on the 1st July and pre-season training will be starting the week beginning 24th of June.   


This is an on call casual position to clear snow from access road as required by mother nature. Definitely experience required. Email Mike or call Craig on 027 4389 771. 



Ohau Snow Fields is known for its heavy falls of powder snow and consequently has a demanding snow control plan. Our Head Patroller of 3 Years has decided to stay in the USA this year as he endeavours to meet the requirements of the USA “Green Card” immigration status. Consequently, we are seeking a new Head of Patrol who is Qualified and Experienced in Snow Control. This is a full-time seasonal position.

Details of the role

Job title: Head Ski Patroller

Job location/region: Otago

Number of positions:1

Employment type: full time, seasonal, late June to late Sept/ Early October.

Workdays: Five to six days per week, a rotating roster Monday - Sunday

Work hours:  30-50, 30 guaranteed hours per full week.

Hourly rate: $32.50

Key duties of the role include:

  1. Avalanche and snow control management to ensure the safe opening and closing of the field to the public.
  2. carrying out snowpack analysis and assist with snow stability assessment and action including bombing to achieve stability.
  3. managing the assessment of risks and hazards to the public
  4. responding to accidents, providing emergency care and handling emergency events.
  5. maintaining thorough records and logs of all accidents, weather and snow conditions.


Successful candidate needs:

  1. Qualification: the New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 6) or international equivalent, CSL or trained and experienced to apply and obtain a CSL, and hold a current PHEC or equivalent.
  2. Work experience: at least 5 season’s experience in snow control management and ski patrol positions.

Contact details:

If you have an interest in the role, please send your application and CV to prior to 30/April/2024


















































































































































































































































































































Thank you for your interest, Mike Neilson, General Manager, please apply by emailing me at Please include an introduction, CV and photo.