Hey all, welcome to my first ever blog. If you haven’t already figured it out, this blog is all about the industry I love, the snowsports industry. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to have a career that allowed me to ski as much as possible. Working at a ski area not only allows me to ski all the time, but I’m also surrounded by the sport I love all day. For this reason, I have a hard time calling what I do at the ski area “work”. In the first couple months of my first full time position in the industry, I’ve found myself almost feeling guilty that I’m getting paid to be there. This isn’t because I’m not getting anything done, but rather because I absolutely love the “work” that I take part in each and every day. Whether I’m mounting a pair of bindings, tuning a pair of skis, working on park features, or designing a terrain park, I love what I do.
This blog is a result of the love for my job and the industry that I am a part of. The snowsports industry itself is not a particularly easy industry to get yourself into. Without strong connections and a lot of experience, it’s actually rather difficult to get your foot in the door. Throughout my college career, I searched for my dream job within the snowsports industry. Regional marketing director for Head, design engineer for K2, the list goes on. Little did I know that my best option was right back home at the very hill that I learned to ski on. Ultimately, I’m thrilled with my position at Toggenburg, but it took me four years and a lot of headaches before I figured it all out. In future posts, I’ll share things that I’ve learned about the industry and the experiences that I’ve had in my career search and the short time I’ve spent in the industry thus far. I hope that this blog will become a valuable tool to kids who are hoping to get into this great industry. I also hope to shed some light on things that happen behind the scenes at ski areas that many ski and board enthusiasts may not know about, but should. With that said, if there is anything that you’re particularly interested in hearing about, let me know and I’d be more than happy to tell you everything I can about it. Thanks for checking out this first post and I hope you’ll come back for more!
As a ski film-making legend once put it about working in this industry, “I got to travel to fantastic places, and share experiences with a lot of great people. As a result, I feel like I’ve never worked a day in my life.” Cheers Warren.