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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hey Guys- 

 

As someone who is in college and loves to Ski, I can seem to stop thinking about possible internships in any area of the Ski industry.

Yet, the industry looks to be very hard to get into, does anyone have any tips?

 

I am just very lost, and can't seem to find a place to start.

 

I am a Supply Chain Management and Marketing major and I am halfway into my Sophomore year with past internship experience if it helps, I am also situated in the East coast.

 

Any input is welcome, thank you so much guys.

 

-Rafael

post #2 of 19
Although I can see the opportunity for marketing expertise, I'm having a tough time thinking of what would be needed in the way of Supply Chain mgmt. I assume Food Services of America does most of that for them and Ullr the rest. I think this is what my husband did for thirty years only they called it Business Logistics when he started.

The best bet would be Salt Lake for any internship and then drive to ski on the weekends.
post #3 of 19

I'm not sure what you mean by internship in the ski industry. Is this something that you can do while you are still in school such as a part time job working in a ski shop in the city or a job at a ski resort?

 

Or are you looking to transition into ski area management after you graduate? Or become some sort of junior trainee while still in school?

 

Paragraph #1 is called ski bumming.

 

Paragraph #2 I don't think exists.

 

When I was in university I would go on a working holiday during Xmas and Spring Break to the Snowbarn dormitory lodge at Mount Snow VT. We would work mornings cleaning rooms and washrooms in exchange for a half day lift ticket and room and board.

post #4 of 19
Actually there are colleges that offer #2. I know a kid who went to one in New England (Green Mountain College) and transitioned into working at Killington after he got out.
post #5 of 19

Where are you in school? 'East coast' is not very descriptive. If you are in NH/ VT there might be different opportunities than there will be in Virginia. Supply Chain Management would seem to be better suited to one of the US distributors or a US based manufacturer, not to hard to find out where they are located.

post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

...I'm having a tough time thinking of what would be needed in the way of Supply Chain mgmt....

 

Maybe resorts don't need it... but certainly any manufacturer of anything ski related would employ someone with supply chain mgmt skills.

post #7 of 19
I guess I thought he wanted to ski while he was at it. Not sure if helping K2 get skis from China to the US will line up with his goals. But I could be wrong.

OP, you need to help us out here.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 

I am at Syracuse Univeristy, about 3 hours(ish) south of Lake Placid.

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

I am sorry I was a little vague! Ill be a little more detailed. 

 

Working for K2 or any ski manufacturer with logistics would be awesome! It's an important job that is sometimes overlooked.

 

I just want to be closer to the process and inner workings of the industry, be it the resort industry or manufacturing industry.

 

Of course, skiing while doing so would be absolutely perfect, but if that is not the case its okay! I can live with working away from a mountain for a couple of months.

 

I am not trying to be picky with a certain area of the industry, as getting any job or internship right now is hard enough.

 

I hope this helps a little.

 

Cheers!

 

Rafael

post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by SantaWillis View Post
 

I am sorry I was a little vague! Ill be a little more detailed. 

 

Working for K2 or any ski manufacturer with logistics would be awesome! It's an important job that is sometimes overlooked.

 

I just want to be closer to the process and inner workings of the industry, be it the resort industry or manufacturing industry.

 

Of course, skiing while doing so would be absolutely perfect, but if that is not the case its okay! I can live with working away from a mountain for a couple of months.

 

I am not trying to be picky with a certain area of the industry, as getting any job or internship right now is hard enough.

 

I hope this helps a little.

 

Cheers!

 

Rafael


Try asking your question over on the NYSkiBlog and see what happens now that you have a better idea of what info is useful before people can provide advice.

post #11 of 19

Supply Chain Management covers the entire procurement process from start to finish. From the initial RFQ to actually receiving the product at the loading dock.The larger resorts have a staff on board to source all types of commodities, apparel, skis, food, maintenance, IT as well as the logistics to get it there. To SantaWillis, check out the Vail Resorts website. I know they have recruiting fairs around the country every spring and a lot of the positions are intern oriented. They also have a huge number of job postings on their site.

 

Karl

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much Karl!

 

I will for sure look on their website for openings.

 

Have a great day!

 

-Rafael

post #13 of 19

My wife is in supply chain mgmt, and as others have said, it's a wide ranging discipline that's applicable to many facets of the ski industry. Vendor relations in particular seems like a good place to start - obviously from a manufacturing perspective, but also at resorts for items like food service, payment processing, providers/operators of the tech for RFID pass management, and even just ordering pens for the office...the list goes on and on, and will be different for every resort/company. It's really a ton of work. 

 

For internships, if you're willing to go unpaid (and you might have to, as I'm sure a lot of people want in the ski industry, and it's pretty small, relatively speaking), try stalking some people with Operations/Supply Chain/Logistics related titles on LinkedIn and just offer your services gratis. They might take you up on it. A lot of SCM teams are pretty bare bones. As you said, it's often overlooked, both from a budgeting and staffing perspective, so free or cheap help would likely be appreciated if you can find the right people to ask. 

 

Intrawest, Vail Resorts and Spyder are all headquartered in the Denver area and have considerable administrative presences. Are you willing to move for the internship?


Edited by LiveJazz - 11/9/15 at 3:33pm
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
I would defiantly be willing to over to the Denver area. I am originally from the Chicago area and I am here in Syracuse for schooling. I will defiantly look in linked-in for some networking. Thank you for the advice!

Rafael

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Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post

My wife is in supply chain mgmt, and as others have said, it's a wide ranging discipline that's applicable to many facets of the ski industry. Vendor relations in particular seems like a good place to start - obviously from a manufacturing perspective, but also at resorts for items like food service, payment processing, providers/operators of the tech for RFID pass management...the list goes on and on, and will be different for every resort/company. It's really a ton of work. 

For internships, if you're willing to go unpaid (and you might have, as I'm sure a lot of people want in the ski industry, and it's pretty small, relatively speaking), try stalking some people with Operations/Supply Chain/Logistics related titles on LinkedIn and just offer your services gratis. They might take you up on it. A lot of SCM teams are pretty bare bones. As you said, it's often overlooked, both from a budgeting and staffing perspective, so free or cheap help would likely be appreciated if you can find the right people to ask. 

Intrawest, Vail Resorts and Spyder are all headquartered in the Denver area and have considerable administrative presences. Are you willing to move for the internship?
post #15 of 19
I have no idea what opportunities are available in Upstate NY, but I imagine you'd want to look more at Burlington, Denver/Boulder, Salt Lake/Ogden, Seattle, etc., where there are dozens of ski and related companies. 
 
Around the greater SLC area, you have a ton of major players like Amer (corporate owners of Salomon, Atomic, Suunto and others), Black Diamond, Rossignol, Descente, etc., plus plenty of smaller brands. I'd also imagine Backcountry.com, a massive online outdoor retailer, might be a good fit. 
 
Those other cities will have their own long lists of ski and related companies. 
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by SantaWillis View Post

I would defiantly be willing to over to the Denver area. I am originally from the Chicago area and I am here in Syracuse for schooling. I will defiantly look in linked-in for some networking. Thank you for the advice!

Rafael

 

When contacting future employers, don't rely too much on spell checker...unless you want to come across as defiant.:D

post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hahaha oh mobile, how I love your spell-check:) I will "defiantly" not do that when applying.
post #18 of 19

Are you seeking paid or unpaid internship? Are you looking for college credit as an intern?  I do have some knowledge of internships, mostly for internationals but some of the same conditions apply. If you are seeking credit a training plan is generally required with objectives and goals. Non- compensated internships are more complicated than paid.

    If you are just looking to hang around an area and ski a bit look into joining a host program. It is a bit late to join a volunteer ski patrol this season but it is rewarding but does require certain criteria.     

post #19 of 19
Every resort has purchasing and shipping/receiving employees. They all work year-round. You might address your internship inquiry to resorts close to where you are now. Yesterday's Summit Daily had this: http://apps.summitdaily.com/utils/c2/app/v2/index.php?do=adDetail&adId=11653395&internetCode=7&viewState=list&sort=posted|desc&fatt=false#.VkHz4LerTIU
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