Over the years ski gear has gotten more and more complicated, and in return of that the maintenance of the ski gear has become more complicated as well. Being a ski technician is a good job for many who want to be involved in skiing for their whole life, but they have to be knowledgeable of how skis work and what it takes to fix them.
Along with being able to take care of the skis and knowledgeable, it is important to be professional as well. When meeting with customers, you need to be able to know what is going on with their gear in order to fix the problem, the more professional you sound from the beginning the more confident the customer will be that you can fix their product. Anything from needing a base grind to a sidewall reconstruction, the customer pays a lot of money for their skis to begin with and are usually pretty upset about what happened with their product whether they hit a rock or need their edges sharpened. In result of this, as a ski technician, the more confident you sound that you can fix the product to their standards, the more happy they will be when they leave their skis in the store.
A ski technician must be crazy about the sport of skiing, and be willing to help anyone at any time and be enthusiastic about helping them find a solution to their currently dysfunctional skis. Some people make a career out of this job as well by joining organizations such as the U.S. ski team. It is their job to follow all of the athletes on the U.S. ski team to events all over the world and makes sure that their gear is tuned to the up most perfect ness, like literally perfect ness. They use blocks of wax that are 75 dollars per piece and put on layers and layers of wax and then scraping it off over hours of time to make them as fast as physically possible because ski racers can win by only tenths of a second, so every little thing to make it faster is beneficial to the racer.
This job can work for passionate skiers that want to work in a local ski shop to serve local customers, or who want to work for the U.S. Ski team or other organizations and travel all over the world to prepare gear for professional athletes. Stay tuned for more ways to make skiing a permanent lifestyle.