Discount Ski Equipment
Buying new ski or snowboard equipment every year can become an expensive proposition. Skis and bindings are often sold as ski "systems" and can run as high as $1,300 if you pay full retail - of course, few people who work at resorts ever do.
One of the most valuable benefits of working as a professional ski instructor, ski patrolman or in a ski shop is the "Pro Deal." Professional deals on just about everything you need for a day on the mountain are offered to many types of full-time snow pros who use the equipment to make their living.
Discounts on skis, boots, poles and snowboards can range from 30-50% off the retail price of equipment. And if you belong to PSIA, you can purchase even more items at their online store.
Deals on skis, boots, snowboards and ski & snowboard apparel are typically extended to skiing professionals by company representatives. "Reps" are people who work for a particular company, hoping to entice others to buy their equipment and clothing.
Snow pros should get in contact with the reps for "pro forms".
After completing the pro form, take it to any reputable ski or snowboard shop in town that carries the items you'd like to buy and they'll either order them for you or sell them to you right off the shelf at your professional discount.
Another advantage to working as a skiing professional is getting the inside information about new equipment and techniques, far in advance of recreational skiers. PSIA offers special clinics every year to educate professional ski instructors about boots, bindings, canting and other useful information that's not typically available to visiting skiers.