Thanks for the welcome dchan, As for the Bio, all in good fun, huh?
Epicski is a new discovery for me. This forum is great. I was in the PSIA forum, bored to tears and happened across info on this one.
Some interesting posts on this thread. Especially the ones concerning Ski-Pros.
In this country I wouldn't be surprised if the words skiing and profession weren't even in the same dictionary.
There are many ways to make a living at it other than competing. I didn't see Todd bill himself as a Pro-Racer. It shouldn't surprise me that MT assumed 'pro' meant competitor. There are thousands of other legitimate ski pros MT has never heard of.
They don't bank 23 mil.
They aren't media darlings.
They have put as much time and money into their vocation as many M.D.s and PhDs.
They do possess skills and knowledge laymen do not.
In skiing countries; Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, etc., skiers are Michael Jordan. Everyone knows who the up-and-comers are too.
They have ski universities that take five years to complete and train professionals to patrol, control, guide, teach, coach, race, etc.etc. They also supply a national uniform upon graduation.
In France a fully certified instructor can lose their Nat. certification for misrepresenting the uniform -like being disbarred or losing their license.(o.k., that part is hearsay)
Society provides the support structure for professional avenues within skiing.
I have been working on the snow (In the U.S.)full-time for over 15 years and still find the term 'ski bum' defines my career choice to most people who live more than 10 minutes from a ski hill.
Making it as a ski pro is not easy. I have yet to do so. I still depend on a decent summer income to tide me over for the winter of 6 and 7 day work weeks. I guess I haven't figured out the shameless self-promotion part of it yet.
Even though being impressive wasn't your point in posting your ski-pro life, it still is. Party on! I hope to cross paths sometime, though I am a denizen of the Northwest. We tend to stay in our corner up here. A few of us did come out to play in Utah last time, though.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro...