Heres a little a breakdown I came up with regarding how much one likes to ski and I feel like its pretty accurate :
0 - 10 % _ - Vacationers, first timers, warm climate vacationers ( texans goto colorado once a season, floridians, etc) Months skiing in a given year- 1
10% - 40% - Most popular range I think, Avid vacationers, Weekend warriors, Dedicated young guns with no car and live in an inconvenient area to like skiing ( maryland, indiana, minnesota, illinois, etc), Those who do live in a convenient area who can ski whenever (colorado,oregon, montana, cali) Months skiing in a given year - 5
40%-80%- Die hard weekend warriors, Locals of a ski resort, amateurs who live in a ski town, those who work directly in the industry (ski intructors, mountain safety, ski patrol) months skiing in a given year - between 6 and 9
80% + Professional skiers. They spent at least 80 % of their time in ski boots in a given year. Months skiing in a given year- at least 10.
The reason why I bring up the months thing is because think about it: how many kids actually ski a noticeable amount in the months of June, July, August, September? Not many at all and if someone is skiing a lot in those 4 months theres a 99% chance they have the opportunity because they are pros. Which is interesting because a lot of talk on here has been about dedication and if you dedicate yourself that much, you could be considered professional. Andy Parry worked so hard during these months and even though he wont agree with it, he is a professional skier because of that dedication. He worked his ass off on rails in a dead time for skiing and now look at his success.
I personally am right at 80 % line. I love skiing but I have a career that fits into the off season perfectly. Just wondered what ur thoughts were on this topic...