JcamottsI think you have the wrong idea, skiing is my favorite thing to do and regardless if I am good or not i will never stop doing or stop loving it. I've just noticed that all the big time skiers are mostly park guys and was wondering if I can make a living doing the type of skiing that is most enjoyable for me, whether being sponsored or coaching etc.
Take it from a washed up am skier; the ski industry is notoriously hard to break through. Say that you are lucky and place a few podiums, the work to stay on top means risk of injury, overskiing and a general loss of passion of what got you doing this in the first place. Working with sponsors is a bitch. Not only a tough sell, but you have to bring in money to whoever who you are representing. If you can personnaly sell 20 pairs of skis, you might get one free. There is no such thing as prospectors of skiing talent.
Now here is how you do it.
1. Get ready to sell a lot of your luxuries. If you are going to do this, you are going to be poor and bussing tables at night.
2. Join a team. Moguls, Racing, Freeride or park from the FIS certified team on a local mountain.
3. Become the best in your age group and hold it for 2 years on different levels.
4. Get you level 1 ski instructor, park and pipe and coaching
5.Coach the 5-8 year old for 3 years
6. Get you level 2 ski, aerials and moguls
7. Coach the 10-12 year olds for a year or 2
8. Get all level 3s
9. Become head coach of the team and there! You earn 15,000$ a year!
Or, win superunknown
1. Learn to make skis, clothing or just about anything.
2. Take a business college course
3. Spend 100% of your time making a shit ton of them for 10 years and almost commit suicide from coming close to bankcruptcy.
4. Promote your own brand