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'Too many riders trying to get paid'

Why ski companies aren't signing new athletes to their teams right now.

Updated: July 28, 2010, 1:55 PM ET
By Devon O'Neil

The question was the same every time, posed over the past two weeks to team managers and marketing executives working for some of the top ski manufacturers: Are you signing or parting ways with any big-name athletes this offseason?

And like the question, the answer never varied: No.

"We're not trying to grow at all," said Salomon international team manager Tyler Gigg.

"Nothing to report on our end," wrote Armada global brand director Chris O'Connell in an e-mail.

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