For those who aspire to shred (and get paid) like Shaun White, Scotty Lago or Louie Vito, there is an exciting development in the Rocky Mountains.
In Breckenridge, Colorado, professional snowboarder Jeff Meyer has created Semester at Snow, a program designed to help aspiring pro snowboarders on their path to success.
The program is designed for athletes aged 17-25 and does not offer a traditional coach-athlete relationship, according to Meyer. Instead, Semester at Snow focuses on sports psychology, industry mentorship and athlete branding. Meyer even plans to help students learn to approach sponsors at trade shows.
Although Meyer already has a few clients registered, he’s still looking for several more.
“I want a kid who's so damn enthusiastic that he just needs direction and channeling, not bossing and instruction,” Meyer told ESPN.
In the program, athletes will relocate to Breckenridge, where they will train on the slopes and continue their academics at Colorado Mountain College or with private tutors.
The fee and frequency of mentoring sessions is negotiable depending on each rider’s circumstances, however Meyer requires at least one season of commitment—the requirement that gave Semester at Snow its name.
"It's unfair to expect to get big results if you only put a little in," Meyer said.
Meyer, 34, is based in Colorado and has taught the sport both privately and at camps for 10 years.
To learn more about the program, visit the Semester at Snow website.