PachankzScratches head and wonders what olenick is doing!?
He is now coaching the Korean Freeski team. There's loads of the older guys who are coaches now. When you stand in the gate at a contest, Cusson, Sprang, Andy Woods, and a ton of others are there.
teamdummyShannon Schad taught me how to hit rails at High North ski camp summer 2000. Claim.....haha. He was cool AF.
Yo we likely were campers together that year. PM me your name.
People go all kinds of directions. Dave Chrichton works in Construction, as far as I understand it Evan Raps works some kind of a finance gig and Philou Porierer runs the park in Tremblant.
You absolutely do not make enough money to last off of, and loads of people aren't college educated. However - it's a myth that life is over if you don't have a degree. Good old fashioned hard work and all the connections you made in a pro career can land you totally decent jobs in the industry. You might not drive a Benz, but you can have a fantastically fulfilling career.
I mean I was never a pro, but I dropped out of college to try and be one. When I ended up starting to realize I wasn't making it, I got a job at this tiny little website called Newschoolers selling advertising. The connections I'd made and the skills I learned trying to get sponsors translated surprisingly well.
My direct boss at the parent company of Newschoolers for the last two years was Chris Engelsman, who was a badass top 10 pro snowboarder in the earlier days. He started working at snowboard mags and rose up to be the action/outdoor sales director at The Enthusiast Network.
There is actually a lot of old pros from various industries working in our media company. I know I always have my eyes on the current crop for those who have a head on their shoulders and will be looking at careers soon.
You absolutely do not need a college education to get jobs. You can bypass that with 5-10 years of experience easily, and being a pro gives a lot of experience for a couple of fields. Definitely enough to get a foot in the door and then you're a bit behind others but you can get in there and start building experience.
Plus the bonus is you get to live life after knowing you were a fucking Badass pro and lived the good life for a period of your life.