I'm tryin as hard as I can, but being a college student who has to work as well, it makes it kinda hard to do the things i love all the time. I need a new set up and that is $1100, plus a $700 season pass, then it starts to come together, except for the money it costs to travel to compete. Did all the pros right now come from loaded families? All I wanna do is ski.
You're in college, you should be smart enough to figure this one out yourself.
Do you NEED a new set-up? Or will your '04 or '05 skis be fine for another season? Is your outerwear chewed up or ripped or can you ride in it another season? You're a college student so your pass should be discounted heavily. A college ski club gets an even bigger discount. The more local comps you enter the more experience you'll get.
Life isn't about doing the things you love all the time, it's making the most out of the time you can, and trying to maximize your ability to do so. So you can't ski EVERYDAY, but don't drop over a grand on ski gear because you want new stuff, that will let you ski, travel, buy more passes, and overall, enter more comps.
I'm sure there are some exceptions with the pros, but yeah It definitely takes money to be able to live that lifestyle (especially in the beginning of your career). It seems before these skiers start getting paid, they are already living the lifestyle of if they were.
well win local comps and get local stores to sponsor you. after that you wont need all that money. and i dont know why this is but now that im in college it seems like i have more money than ever before. is that weird?
"if all your friends jumped off a clif would you?" -my mom "i would if there was snow on it" -me
also love having to ask the chubby 14 year old girl with no self esteem how much she weighs.
hey, if you dnt wana tell me youre weight, i cant fit you into a real nice snowboard.-Albino
you probably dont need the new setup..and college passes can be a lot cheaper than 700- i had a free pass freshman year, and a 250 dollar pass soph.yr at, just because my college had a good program/relationship w/ mt
this year my college pass costs 695, so i am hoping to get a night job at mt for free pass
if you need gear, you might want to get used stuff..it might not look as good as other people's or be brand new, but if you are after getting better at skiing, then most stuff should work just as well
so even if you get the 700 pass, but stick with old gear or get used gear, you'll have lots of extra cash for gas and comp fees
the other thing you can do if you really need a new set up is buy left overs. You can get last years invaders and fugatives for under 300 bucks from a few places... you can get a huge number of last years skis for well under 400... you can pick up a set of px12s for as low as 100 bucks in some places... and if you need a burlier binding than that there is usually some deadbolts or p18s or fks or something like that for sale in the equipment section for fairly cheap money... you could get a nice new setup for 4 or 5 hundred bucks easy. it will be all new stuff... just last years. 1100 is a lot of money for a set up. you can do better if you shop around and are smart about it.
if you're in college, not sponsored but still think you have a chance at making it, don't buy new gear. If you're good you'll get picked up soon enough then all that money you just spent on gear was wasted
"What sense does it make, the sacrifice of a full generation. Recruiting little babys to go out and defend the nation, but see I've got my life to live so don't you take it away from me" Lyricson
Exactly. If you think you have a chance at being sponsored, don't get all that new gear.
On the other hand, if you don't believe you are good enough, still, re-consider. Many people have a warped definition of the word 'need'. A lot of people use it like the word 'want'. Figure it out. Maybe your jacket will still last another season... that might take a hundred or so off that $1100 of yours. Skis trashed but bindings still okay? Don't get new skis + bindings... use the old bindings on the new skis.
It's hard to give up on something you really want (or as some say, 'need'), but just keep thinking about what you want and what you need.
I am not a rich kid. and I am in college, for the last 4 years, finishing a business minor. and I have paid for all my school except for the first semester. and I have been able to ski every season more then 100 days, except the last one becuase I blew my knee. its call a job dude. I work two jobs, one for a law firm, and another at a ski resort, therefore I get one FREE pass from alta, and I bought a student discount one from brighton a couple weeks ago. it was only $429 for unlimited riding, day and night.
u just gotta work for it. if I can ski, work two jobs, and go to school full time, u can do it too fool, say in school!
Also, reading your title again, it sounds like you think you 'need' new gear to progress. You don't. Sure, some lighter skis might help, but if you progress on your old skis, and then get sponsored and get spanking new skis, you'll be able to go even further on them.
It sucks, but yes most pros came from rich families. There are a few exceptions and they had to literally give up a higher education and devote all their time to skiing. Being in college won't help you much either. If you want to be as good as you can, you have to focus 100 percent on skiing. So unless it's your dream to be a pro, don't even worry about it. Just enjoy what you are doing.
if skierman dosent know him then he cant be that famous
i was gonna see it, but then skiierman said he wasn't
skiierman is my idol... hes so redbull
You don't need to be rich just smart! Sell things that you don't use that much on www.craigslist.org or ebay. And most of the pros didn't come from loaded families, they came from the average middle class family. Also, most pros raced before they got into freestyle.
seriously you are spending way too much,
bindings - find an old pair of race skis with look p18s (the binding really hasn't changed too much)
skis - ebay, SAC, ski swaps, their are plently of places that will sell a brand new ski for less than 350.
boots ski swap about 200
clothes - get some self confidence and stop worrying about how you look,
Anyway, a gas station we pass. We got gas, and ran off to get grub.It was a nice little pub in the middle on nowhere. Anywhere woulda been better. I ordered enchiladas and I ate 'em, Ali had the fruit punch.
allmost all pros come from a wealthy backround. look at vanular for instance, if his parents didnt have the funds to send him wherever he wanted and ski/skate and train wherever he would still be skiing in new york. its sucks but thats life.