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Discussion: Professional skier

in: acjospe; acjospe > 2018-07-18

Jul 19, 2018 12:35 PM # 
How many are there in the U.S.? Where do they get their income from? Is it purely sponsorship, or something else as well?
Jul 19, 2018 1:30 PM # 
Lots of family support is the basic answer.

In this case, her team provides housing, food, and covers all the training/racing-associated costs. I don't know if she gets a salary; I do know she does about 10 hours a week of work on various projects, but I don't know if that's compensation for the room and board or for actual cash. I could ask.

Not many professional skiers out there. The main teams are SMS T2, Craftsbury Green Racing Project, CXC, APU, Bridger Ski Foundation, Bend Endurance Academy, and probably a bunch of others out west that I don't know. If you're not on a team, unless you have an amazing personal support structure, you won't make it.
Jul 19, 2018 3:08 PM # 
From what I remember seeing, it was living like a wealthy grad student at best. Have just enough to travel, pay the bills, but on a financial edge. And yes, family support is the make or break.

Canada had a few pro teams in the lead-up to the 2010 Vancouver games with so many people trying to make a big team. Since then, has shrunk down to the training centers other than things like Chandra Crawford's Team Ninja and Rocky Mountain Racers in Canmore.
Jul 19, 2018 6:51 PM # 
If you get good enough, you can start making some prize money … but you have to get really good! Diggins won 110k CHF (basically = USD) last season, in third place overall; Sadie Bjornsen was 10th at 40k. There are maybe 20 skiers in the world at any given time who can support themselves on prize money alone; so a couple in the US, where there isn't much other support (sponsorship, etc). But if you're not reliably in the top 20 and frequently in the top 10, there's not a lot of money there.
Jul 19, 2018 7:05 PM # 
So it actually doesn't sound that immensely different from orienteering, despite a much broader participant base. Interesting.

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