Ski Job for Life: Ski Coach

One of the main reasons I created this blog was to post anything about the world of freeskiing, but also to post about ways to be involved in the freeskiing world for your whole life by making it your job.  The first job I posted about becoming a ski representative, which seems to be an amazing job and is one of the main reasons I decided to become a business management major at the University of Nevada Reno. 

Another job that one could be involved with for their entire life is becoming a freeskiing coach, or a skiing coach based off of the type of skier you are. I know growing up, I really admired all of my coaches and I did my best to ski at least as good as them, if not better.  It wasn’t just the skiing skills that I learned off of these coaches, it was also about how to live life and have fun, which is what one can accomplish when becoming a ski coach. 

Ski coaches can range from racing, big mountain freeskiing, moguls, halfpipe, terrain park, or a combination of all of these.  To be one of these coaches, you have to be truly motivated to want to inspire others to ski their hardest and push their ability no matter what discipline they are trying to excel at.  It is also important to be able to identify what is wrong with people’s skiing and help them better their technique, however this can be really hard for many coaches.  Even if you ski perfectly, doesn’t mean you can analyze other’s skiing and tell them how to do it better. 

Many ski coaches need certification to coach, however in the freeskiing world it is possible to skip this if you know the right person to get you in the job.  Excellence in coaching comes with practice of working with all ages of people and personal knowledge of the sport, and the ability to make a positive difference in people’s skiing when you are pushing them to do things they do not want to do.  I have many friends who are ski coaches, and I will interview them shortly so we can get an inside perspective of what it is really like to be a ski coach as a profession.  Coaches are a big part of why people decide to be excited go up to the ski hill in the morning or not, just like a worker and their manager.  There is no doubt that without some of the ski coaches I have had in my past, whether I would love the sport as much or excel to the extent I do in the sport. 

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