Prob gonna get alot of shit for this from some ignorant ppl, but its that point in my life where a career is a must and low waged jobs are beat. Im just finishing up a marketing degree. Skiing is life and i know i will be happy with it forever. I would love to work at a company whether i start from the mail room, or land a job somehow, i know tht ide wake up a happy man every day working in this industry. So now i am in this bind. Should i write some letters attached to my resume and hope my 80 hour a week ford stamping plant job is a good enough referance? Im in this shit for life, cuz what could be better. Im sure to a certain extent u have to know the right people to get in. Rite now im livin it up in tahoe. Its easy to get stuck, but damn it would be a dream come true to work in this industry
if you don't already work in a ski shop, go into one and ask for the ski manager/buyer. tell him your situation and ask if he/she can provide you with some of sales reps contact info. the reps usually need help and can always set you up with someone at the company office to talk to as well.
other than that, either get a shop job and go from there or apply directly to a company.