ok, proform is a 'form' for 'pros' (instructors, ski patrol, or other on ski mt. worksers). they allow you to get gear cheap, so you dont spend every penny you earn on gear for your job, you have to either know a rep, or be able to prove to a shop worker that you're an instructor, or patroler. which means either PSIA card or a call from your suppervisor
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Or just find a ski shop to work at. It can even be a part time job. Last season I twisted dins and sent out rental equipment at a resort in Colorado. This season I'm selling gear in a shop in the flat lands. Both places I worked part time, and both places I could pro form stuff. Any company that particular shop stocks, you can order stuff proform.
So you don't necessarily have to be and instructor, or patrol... just find a ski shop to work at.
They seemed to be pretty easy for me to get....I just walked in and applied. Last season, I got the job at the end of December and this season I applied in September. Both I got within 2 weeks of applying. You said you live in CO...I'm sure there are shops in denver, boulder, the springs (assuming you live on the easter side of the state)....or you could look for one in a resort town close to where you live.
Also, one of the reasons that the forms exist for on snow employees, is because there is obviously a requirement to be on snow a lot (I average over 100 days a year for the last 12 years) and equiptment breaks down. Also, a lot of ski areas require that if you are on snow and in a position where you deal with clients, you must be on relatively new equiptment (usually no more than a couple, 2 to 3 years old).
Generaly, most companys have 2 or 3 sets of 'forms' out. First would be your everyday run of the mill profrom. It gets you roughly 50% off Msrp on all product by that company. Proform is generly for on hill employees, such as ski partrol and ski school.
Next ya have whats called VIP form, which is simalar to profrom, just not quite as much discout, more along the lines of 30-40% off. This form is only used with some companys, and its givin out to people who are affiliated with the shop, IE clients that are good custys, friends, or just gernel people who help out from time to time. Pretty much all product is availible on these forms also.
And lastly, you have shop form, or Key employee form. Its for all us 'shopys' or techs who work in actual ski shops. Prices on these forms usally start at 60% off and can make it all the way up to 80% off, just depending on the company. Not all product is availible on shop form, usally just the top of the line models that are going to be best sellers for that particular company. Like with the beast for example, I got mine for under 170, a major savings off the $700 msrp.
So my advise? get a job in a shop, it allows me to buy skis throughout the year, and sell them to buy more skis. I own like 3 pairs of skis right now, sell them from time to time to be replaced by newer models. I break even, and whoever buys my skis for the most part is really happy, getting a ski thats been skid on for a month for less the half price anybody would be happy with.
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another way to get into the industry that's pretty easy (other than instruct, patrol and get a job at a shop) is to get a job in a rental shop.
It gets you exposure to key companies the shop deals with and you can still get discounts on other stuff, too (especially if the rental shop is specifically paired up with a ski area - i.e. area owned)
Once you're in the ski industry in any capacity, it's easy to move around. The owner of my shop has friends at many resorts out west from his years of skiing and business...our shop's been open for 40 years...
I can get a job at pretty much any resort I want out west, and I might someday.
Anyways, with 'proform', vtrider is right on. Shop forms are the best deal....part of that is as a shop employee we are the last step of the sale, we sell the product. It's a big thing to many customers to hear that I ski on a pair of Volkls and I'm selling them Volkls.....because when you think about it, I can ski any ski I want, so why would I ski Volkl....because I think they are the best.
It's not only an incentive, but a sales pitch.
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^good point and that is the same reasoning behind pro-form for instructor's and patroler's (but mainly instructor's). The customers/clientel see us on the equiptment, and we are inadvertently advertising their products to our customers/clientel.
I couldn't even begin to count the amount of times I have been asked what equiptment a student should get/might consider, or what shops they should go to.
A lot of shops will also give discounts to instructor's because a lot of customers (students) look for where to shop, and ask the instructor's. Personally, over the years, I've probably sent at least $100,000+ worth of business to one of the shops by me.
nice plan. im gonna go in today, ask to talk to the manager,then be all buddy buddy and tell him that im looking for a job and that i thought his store would be the best place to start because i know that it is a good store (you know, kinda flatter him/ her) then ask for an app. we'll see what happens. i'll keep you posted