Originally Posted by Powdr
I will never again ruin the experience by working in the industry. That is just me. I'm sure others have found a way to make it fun anyhow.
Upon entering University and during the first two years there I repeatedly considered studying sports and decided seven times against turning my hobby into profession.
Now, 30 years later, I still don´t know if I was right or not - and probably never will.
I became a German&English teacher at a university but quit the job to become a lifeguard (long before Baywatch
) and then to pursue the career of a ski resort director - which never came true but the year I spent there as the person responsible for the runs, grooming and training/race coordination was the dream part of my life. The following year in some inferior blue-collar jobs was not so glorious (but, in a way, not bad either and a great school of life) and the next one in the management of a sports club organizing big international nordic ski races really was the kind of job you start to hate even if its about skiing.
After some years of private teaching again I started writing about skis and skiing with some more activities snowballed. It´s not very lucrative, as the colleague of mine put it, but it´s the best part of my professional life.
Fact is, it´s a freelancing job so that the connections are fairly loose.
To sum it up, the years I devoted to skiing "professionally" were definitely among the best. I regret not having cut more lectures and/or seminars as a student... The experience I was getting as a skier helps me now more than the facts I could have learned (and forgotten since) about Shakespeare or even Beowulf...