Working as a ski reporter

How to get into ski publicity reporting
You need a related qualification and experience of the industry. Some of the people in this field worked as instructors, did housekeeping at ski resorts and ski lift operating, before they started writing and moved on to working for a magazine and eventually became part of public relations division of a ski resort or magazine.

Requirements for ski publicity reporting jobs
Apart from experience in writing, journalism, public relations or the ski industry, you also need the following:

  • Good command of languages
  • Excellent communication, motivational, people, organizing, management and planning skills.
  • The ability to work as part of a team.

The fun part of the ski reporter job is getting paid to write about holidays, ski competitions, training and the industry. The downside to this type of work is that you need self-discipline, the ability to meet deadlines and endurance. It can be physically hard at times, since you need to climb mountains, ski downhill while carrying your camera and equipment, and work early morning and late evening. There is no one to tell you to get up in the morning, but you know unless you work, you will not be able to pay the rent. The ski reporter job is not for you if your aim is to get rich. The pay is low but the work can be very exciting.

The field is divided in two main categories namely ski reporting and ski publicity reporting Your skills and interests will determine what type of ski reporter job you will enjoy.

The field of ski reporting is not as limited as public relations writing jobs, but is also not as secure, and the income from this type of work is lower than with public relations. You should have a knack for finding the edge in good stories and a determination to survive on a very low income. It stands to reason that you need a passion for writing.

Very few people are employed on a full time basis in ski reporting. Most write on a part time basis and do other work as their main income. Freelance writers supplement their income with web content writing and other ghost-writing projects to survive.

How to get into ski reporting
One of the methods of survival is to write travel and sport related articles during the summer and ski resort or ski related articles during the winter months, although you will probably still need an additional job to make ends meet. The most popular articles for the summer months include snippets and web articles on outdoor living and sport such as mountaineering, hiking, diving, paragliding etc. Many writers make a living as estate agents or business brokers in addition to ski reporting, since these types of jobs give them the flexibility that they need for writing. Others work as freelance graphic designers or web developers.

You can search on the Internet at writer sites for projects posted on ski related topics and send in a sample of your work. Unlike other occupations, you don't really need a CV for application; a profile of your work is more appreciated. Several websites require articles and form good entry points for building a profile. You can also write a few articles for free and submit them at your community paper to build a name. Magazines have strict submission policies and rarely take unsolicited articles. You need to write a