-DanOut of curiosity, how much do you guess Zahner gets from J Skis?
Apart from the free shit he gets clothes etc he has his Pro model ski. Depending on how business smart/savvy he is Zanher should have negotiated a royalty on each ski. This is a win win for Zahner and J skis as he will work harder to push and sell the skis since he is getting a cut for every pair sold. Everything is about leverage so J skis has the leverage as Zahner will now be taking initiative to get as many pairs sold as possible due to the royalty he's getting; thus J skis doesn't have to work as much with selling and marketing the ski. Hopefully the royalty is percentage based on he gets 5-10 percent or more for each ski.
For the contrary if he didn't negotiate a royalty that's a bone head move in my opinion and he should of went else where as you have to know how much you're worth. He brings a lot to the table and on top of this he def gets some kind of travel budget though as far as the size I'm not sure.
It's 2021 so no ski company is just going to cut you a check to ski. The only park skiers who I personally think get an actual check from the United States are roughly Nick Goepper, Alex Hall, Colby Stevenson, Wallisch and maybe a few others. Europe is different as the ski industry as a whole has more money there and skiers are looked at much differently. Skiers in Europe have prestige around their name, people in Europe actually follow and care about the ski scene where as in America skiing and park skiing are extremely niche.