What Does It Take To Become A Champion Skier?
Maybe you grew up watching Ski Sunday or have been inspired by the Olympic Games and now foster dreams of becoming a professional athlete. Perhaps you have been skiing from an early age and think that you have the talent to make you a winner. However your aspirations have developed, you might wonder what it takes to become a champion skier. While no two paths to success are likely to be identical, there is still a traditional route to put you on the right track.
Assuming that you already know how to ski and are able to dedicate a significant amount of time to train and develop your skills (some professionals have said it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert), you may be ready for the next steps. Remember, becoming a professional skier is a lifestyle choice that will take up as much time as a career!
Join a ski school – Schools such as the British Alpine Ski and Snowboard School will give you access to experienced instructors, who can help train advanced and expert skiers to get them to a professional level, as well as organise training in snowier climates.
Join a local club – In the UK, ski clubs can be quite spread out, but depending on your location you may be able to find one within a reasonable distance from you. Here you will be able to train alongside others, go on training camps and take part in club competitions and championships.
Start competing – Becoming a member of a professional organisation (such as Snowsports England or British Ski and Snowboard) will allow you to register for larger competitions. Competing will allow you to become seeded by the British Alpine Seeding System (BASS) or British Artificial Seeding System (BARTS). Some competitions will require you to have a Federation International de Ski (FIS) licence issued by British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) before you can take part.
Seek out sponsorship – Finding sponsorship is a good way to cover some of the expenses for living and competing. However, sponsorship is more than having access to equipment, and you’ll need to have started making a name for yourself before anyone is likely to take notice. Remember, your duty as a sponsor will be to promote their brand, help sell their products and be a representative for their company.
Move up through the ranks – Proving your talent within a club and in competitions should naturally progress to bigger and more important levels of competition. Assuming that you have the right instruction, guidance and support, you could be on your way to becoming a champion.
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