Coronet Peak ski area manager Hamish McCrostie will be leaving NZSki on December 21 after 32 years of service to the company.
Mr McCrostie said the time had come to pursue other challenges outside the industry.
''I'm immensely proud of what I've achieved and it's been an awesome time. I've met and worked with lots of great people, made some lifelong friends, and travelled around the world with the industry. It's certainly been a big part of my life and I'm looking forward to continuing my passion for skiing as a keen local.''
Mr McCrostie began skiing at Coronet Peak in 1961 as a 3-year-old. Then, as a 21-year-old he took on his first role in the industry as a patroller at Tekapo ski field in 1979. He started with the Mt Cook Company a year later as a patroller at Coronet Peak.
NZSki chief executive officer James Coddington said it was a sad day to have to farewell one of its longest serving staff members in the history of the company.
Mr Coddington said Mr McCrostie had not only contributed hugely to NZSki during his 32-year career but had also made a significant contribution to the New Zealand ski industry.
''We thank him very much for his enthusiasm, hard work and leadership and will very much miss the stories and sense of humour,'' he said.
- The Southland Times