Dean Hunter – Director/Ski Pro

Nationality: Kiwi
Started working for The Rookie Academy in: The beginning 1992…
Home Mountain: Treble Cone
Qualifications: NZSIA Examiner
Countries where have you worked: Canada, Andorra, Austria, France, Japan, America and New Zealand
Favourite Resort: Whistler
Career Highlight: Every day in my brilliant office
Other Interests: Rugby, water sports, Golf, Fishing, Classical music, poetry and Traveling

Dean Hunter has been skiing Treble Cone since he saved enough paper-run money for a season pass and a ride up the hill. He was about 11 years old then, hanging out in Wanaka with his parents on family holidays from his home town, Mosgiel.

Dean started the Rookie Academy in 1992 and has been acknowledged as one of the most experienced and talented skiers you would be likely to find on the mountain. He has been an NZSIA examiner since 1994, former moguls competitor and has been instructing southern and northern hemisphere winters since 1988 in New Zealand, United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

He takes an active interest in every Rookie Academy student, working hard to ensure that all students gain the essential base of technical skills that will allow them to achieve their snow sports goals. He and Garett strive to ensure everyone is well looked-after and is getting the utmost from their chosen course and their Lake Wanaka and Treble Cone experience.

Dean enjoys all sports; these days spending more time on the golf course or fishing. He lives in Wanaka with his wife Mugi and 3 daughters. On the rear summers he’s not away skiing the Northern Hemisphere winters. Dean is a keen rugby and golf fan, enjoys a drink (or two or three) and has been known to write poetry when the mood hits.