I often get asked, "How do I get a job in the ski industry?" This is my answer. . .
Me age 22 working 14 hour days trying to build skis in my parent's garage // Josh Malczyk worked 3 years as college intern, then I hired as marketing coordinator & 10 years working his way up to now running Line & FT.
- The ski industry is a seasonal niche business = not as much money to be made as other year round mainstream industries.
- Because you need to crunch 12 months of business into 6 months, you will likely spend LESS time actually skiing than you do now.
1) Beg to work for free as an intern or get a low level job anywhere relating to skiing - mountain, ski shop, product company, media, etc.
2) You'll then have opporutnities to meet people from other areas of the industry like sales reps, and managers of related companies etc. Offer to help them for free in exchange for experience or just tell them you're eager to take on more responsibility if opportunities arrise, remember to let your boss know the same! Get the contact info for anyone you meet so you can follow up personally later when the time is right.
3) Doing the above + variety of experience + great performance = work your way up to bigger opportunities (same as other industries)
4) Lastly, if you don't do anything different, nothing different will happen. Even if only a few hours or days a week, get off your ass and start helping someone or some company to make skiing better. One thing will lead to the other and before you know it, you'll be running the show!
5) There are literally thousands of product companies, shops, mountains, media groups, and more hiring all the time, reach out to them and ask where they post job oppenings. SIA is a great place to find companies in the ski industry. Many companies have dozens of brands under one roof and post job opportunities regularly like K2 Sports does here. Go get one!