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Do you have a ski industry based carreer?

post #1 of 26
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Hey all,

Ski season is just around the corner, and I was wondering how many of you out there have ski industry careers? Not just teaching a couple lessons on the weekend, a real carreer job. I'm currently working in another industry for the summer but am a full-time, salaried ski racing coach for 6 months of the year. I hope to find year round employment in the ski industry in the coming years and was wondering if anyone else on the boards has a ski industry carreer.

There are lots of different types of ski industry carreers out there like product reps, sales, resort management, lift & equipment maintenance, tours & guiding, coaching / instruction, etc.. So what's your ski industry carreer?


Cheers,
post #2 of 26
Yea, I've worked in the ski industry since 1973 at several jobs from bumping lifts to a rep job. Most of my time has been spent in retail where I currently hang out. As an old bootfitter my services are requested quite often even having gotten calls from other shops to come work for them. Good luck.
post #3 of 26
I'd love to use the biomedical engineering degree I'm working on in boot or binding R&D. While that's not really realistic, its a favorite fantasy. Until then, I work in a shop and have been teaching for a while. Tough to really commit to making a career out of something most people think of as a sport with a 3 month season.
post #4 of 26
Well, I used to work in the industry somewhat until about ten years ago. Then I got a job that allows me to take winters off and I haven`t worked one since `99. Now it`s about less pimpin` and more skiing, OH YEAH!
post #5 of 26
Yes, 24 years, right now, full time year round. Upper management for a ski area in SW MT.
post #6 of 26
Yes, since 1991.
post #7 of 26
Since 1987, got abit burned out in 2001 so I took a few years off, moved to Maine to work for LL Bean, now back at the Bush.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by col_surfer View Post
Well, I used to work in the industry somewhat until about ten years ago. Then I got a job that allows me to take winters off and I haven`t worked one since `99. Now it`s about less pimpin` and more skiing, OH YEAH!
I'm curious to know what kind of job allows you to take winters off? That sounds like a pretty sweet deal!


post #9 of 26
They pay me to play with trains
post #10 of 26
work in finance for Steamboat... sweet gig because whether it's 8am or 5pm the numbers are the same, so I can ski whenever I want.
post #11 of 26
Started up a ski company.

Definitely not a career *yet* however... maybe eventually...
post #12 of 26

Will teach you parallel for food...

Have been a financially unstable ski instructor since '98. Split my time between US and New Zealand, endless winter is a beautiful thing (600 days in three years).



-nerd
post #13 of 26
I did the full time, seasonal gig from '83 to '90. I was in High school and college at the time. Summers were spent managing windsurfer and catamaran rental operations in Ocean City MD. All my rent, food, car payments, etc, were paid that way, so I guess it was technically a career, but I was also a full time student through the spring of '88. Then I moved to CO for a while, still as an instructor. Finally I decided that I'd had enough of hot dogs and macaroni, and I had moved back east where the cost of living was a lot higher (back in the '80s, you could afford to live in Summit County on ski instructor wages, but that soon ended).
post #14 of 26
I've been full time year-round in the business since '98. I'm pretty sure that I'm a lifer, my bills are paid and I'm pretty happy with things. I'm a race coach right now, but I've been an instructor, technician, shop manager, etc... It is good livin'
Have fun
post #15 of 26
i could. Im an undergrad mechanical engineer. I know that im going to live in a ski reigon. But i dont know about carreer. I could deisgn lifts, skis, bindings. Almost anything my heart desires
post #16 of 26
What are you nuts? Earn 50 cents on the dollar and be susceptible to Mother Nature? Precisely why I got out. Now I can afford to ski and not worry about hustling for a pass or other freebies.

Powdr
post #17 of 26
Full time instructor. Ski when there is snow, sail when it melts.
post #18 of 26
I used to be a full time instructor. Now I only teach in the northern winter, and in our southern winter I work indoors, earning a hell of a lot more money, and that subsidises the trip to the US plus allows me to live in the manner to which I used to be accustomed. It's a lot easier on the joints, too.
post #19 of 26
spent from 88-03 in lift operations@DV, two sumers one in lift construction( helped build the payday and bonaza 6 paks @pcmr, and the deercrest quad at DV.The other summer was the lift maint. helper at dv.
After all those years i decided enough, and went into truckdriving. Still have many friends / connections in the industry. if the right job was offered to me, i'd jump back into it.
post #20 of 26

The key word is "DID"

Used to be in the industry-mucho years ago-full time pro---sales rep.----retail.
Again the key word is "did " you work in the industry....very dificult to maintain a full time position . You`ll never know until you try it.....
post #21 of 26
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i could. Im an undergrad mechanical engineer. I know that im going to live in a ski reigon. But i dont know about carreer. I could deisgn lifts, skis, bindings. Almost anything my heart desires
Ha ha.. That's funny.. I'm a Mechanical Engineering graduate. I've kept an eye out for jobs like that, and honestly haven't looked super hard. Those jobs are hard to find.. If you want a ski industry engineering job you'd better plan on getting some relevant experience first and plan on doing a lot of searching for the job you want. Right now I'm working as a project engineer for an international corporation in the cement industry. This will hopefully give me the experience needed to land a job in the ski industry such as lift installation and maintenance, snowmaking system design / installation, etc if I decide to try and find a ski industry engineering job someday.
post #22 of 26
A couple seasons helping reps out with demos and comps for a ski company, then worked for a ski film company for two summers in school.

It's mostly been media, though, and for two years I've edited Couloir and Telemark Skier and freelanced for Ski Press.
post #23 of 26
I'll consider my job a job in skiing. . .

I am a SAHM to a two-and-a-half-year-old (another one on the way in a few weeks) and I am the wife of a marketing executive in the ski industry. That means frequent mountain business trips for him, which means free condos/hotel rooms for me and the kids, free passes a whole bunch of places, and LOTS of skiing for me!

Sure beats my hard-traveling, much-stress, not-at-all-ski-related job of days past. . .
post #24 of 26
I've played in the ski industry in some capacity every year since 1975, but only full time in the winter for most of them. Had to have other things going on to make ends meet. You probably can't get rich, but it's an enriching life & I wouldn't have it any other way! Anyone who's passionate about this sport needs to spend at least 1 season working at a snowsports resort.
JF
post #25 of 26
Instead of a job, why not think of being an entrepreneur in the industry. You need to think big and have faith, but if you have a big enough dream you can make it. Good Luck!
post #26 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by madmanmlh View Post
i could. Im an undergrad mechanical engineer. I know that im going to live in a ski reigon. But i dont know about carreer. I could deisgn lifts, skis, bindings. Almost anything my heart desires

Your best bet is to contact the two major lift manufactors. Dopplemeyr/ Ctec In Salt Lake, and Poma/Leitner in Golden,Co.Or is it Grand Junction,Co
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