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Is it possible to work in the SKI industry living in Florida?

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  As i sit here in tampa its about 70 outside sunny but all i can think about is skiing or things related to skiing, im jonesin for what was doing 2weeks ago in Utah.. My question is obviously its kinda hard to work for a resort while not living there but can you work for a company in the skiing industry without necessarily living at or near a ski area 24/7.. Now i live near a big boy airport and can pretty much be anywhere in the country that day, i have no kids, so no problem travelling for 2-5 days a week if thats what it takes.  I know the easy answer is move, well just not that easy my life is here now , although during the week i can and will travel for that alternate life i seek.  Any reasonable ideas or should i just go get my golf clubs outta my trunk?

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The answeer is yes.

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Whistler hires holiday ski instructors with a commitment of a certain number of days. Dunno about other types of work. 

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  Thats interesting about Whistler, i was looking for something Fulltime
 

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What exactly are you looking for? Ski shops are the most obvious, since I'm sure Florida has some. Anecdotally, I actually do freelance work for a Florida ski shop, so kind of the opposite situation of what you're talking about. 

 

Maybe if you have a skill set that would work as a location-neutral business - photography, copywriting, etc. - you could make it work as a remote employee or freelancer. I can't imagine coming into the industry with no experience or relevant skills from 2,500 miles away, though. 

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I have alot of sales and account manager experience within the food and beverage industry.. i can sell just about anything once i know the product.
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Originally Posted by stevez33 View Post

I have alot of sales and account manager experience within the food and beverage industry.. i can sell just about anything once i know the product.

Sounds like you should be looking to be a Florida/southeast rep for a ski company. I'd imagine that would entail some on-snow work trips to try the new stock. 

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My nightmare is living in TX or FL and not being in driving distance of snowy mountains so I feel your pain.  Lots of companies have remote positions these days but usually IT related stuff.  Vail Resorts maybe?  You'd get a pass to use when you can get to the mountains.

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1. organise ski trips for, eg, university ski clubs. Find an uber cheap way to do it, and pitch it to the club. If you can do way better than the travel agents, you'll have some money in your pocket and maybe some tax deductible expenses too.

 

2. Resorts sales depts, groups like visitcalifornia.com, and local tourism bodies are known to get together and fly their people around the world to spruik their hill, or to enter agreements for tv ads etc. If you can bring a few of them together, just make sure you are on contract.

 

3. You'll need a few runs on the board with ideas that work before resorts will, internally, give you credit and pay you.

 

4. You can become a college pass rep: sell 20 season passes, get one for yourself for free.

 

5. Organise events on the mtn, summer and/or winter. They're always looking for something different to offer summer visitors in particular. Start small and promote it through free channels like fb, fliers on campus.

 

6. get on a ski club board and organise trips.

 

You won 't get to retire, but as a hobby it beats collecting postage stamps.

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Sounds like you should be looking to be a Florida/southeast rep for a ski company. I'd imagine that would entail some on-snow work trips to try the new stock. 


 Well i did apply for a position with K2 which i had to go thru a company called Jarden to apply.. See that would be my ideal kinda situation , just very hard to find.

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My nightmare is living in TX or FL and not being in driving distance of snowy mountains so I feel your pain.  Lots of companies have remote positions these days but usually IT related stuff.  Vail Resorts maybe?  You'd get a pass to use when you can get to the mountains.


unfortunately i have Zero IT experience.  Ya i think the closest mtn is in NC so prob a 9hr drive uggg.

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Group tour coordinator might work. You could organize trips for seniors, St Pete seems target rich for those, and work with ski area sales personnel and go on the trips. The industry as a whole needs a boost. Too many people sitting at computers these days instead of getting outside I guess.

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Leverage your F&B account manager experience. Resorts need f&b managers, drink companies like RedBull & Monster etc have exposure at ski events. Network that way, maybe you'll land a job as southeast rep for some resort.

post #14 of 16

a resounding YES!

 

 

 

... if you own the company...

 

otherwise, waterski industry...

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Group tour coordinator might work. You could organize trips for seniors, St Pete seems target rich for those, and work with ski area sales personnel and go on the trips. The industry as a whole needs a boost. Too many people sitting at computers these days instead of getting outside I guess.


Believe it or not theres a ton and i mean a ton of ski clubs down here that are huge just about everyone i know takes a trip out west once a year with one of them as most people from Florida are from a northern cold state where they most likely grew up with skiing or have at least tried it once. 

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Leverage your F&B account manager experience. Resorts need f&b managers, drink companies like RedBull & Monster etc have exposure at ski events. Network that way, maybe you'll land a job as southeast rep for some resort.


Sent u a PM thats ironic to your post.

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