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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-23-2010, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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So...how do you do it? And when I say "ski" bum on this forum I really mean "board bum"...you know what I mean.

I'm at an "inbetween" point in my life, and have been seriously considering just trying to live and ride as much as I can. Any tips? Anything appreciated.
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If your under 25 or have some type of trade go for it brah.
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All you need to do is move to do is move to a ski town either before the season or really early season and get a job that'll give you a free pass, find a place with cheap rent or employee housing, and shred and work for the winter.

The season in North America is winding down so if you want to do it this year, consider going somewhere like Chile. One of my buddies went down there for a season and said it was awesome
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I'm currently 22, and graduating college = "inbetween" moment.

They tell me after paying several thousands of dollars I get a piece of paper that says "Bachelor of Arts" on it and that it will somehow, miraculously, get me a job. Right.

So...I think to myself...why not try to move out west? As I understand it the ski bum is a dying breed but I'm not willing to accept this. If anyone has any tips (or opportunities???) for getting out there and making it happen...
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Pretty sure i've posted this before, so im sure you can find it if you look, but I am doing the board bum thing this winter. I had friends that wintered in VT and am sharing a house with them, and kind of got a hand getting a job (but it wasn't necessary, just easier). I'm pretty lucky cause I'm making decent money, but then again I have experience, and real responsibilities.

Advice: Go where the money is, look where I am. Don't go to some crappy little hill where you'll be getting min wage and so will your boss..head west if needed. get in town early in the season and talk to HR or whoever at the mountain. Ask about job fairs, what jobs are available, and what type of resources they have as far as housing, employee newsletters, etc. I'm thinking about going west next winter, still on the fence, either way I'll be having a great time...One thing I would change is I would get a job that starts in early afternoon and goes til 10 or 11 (im in foodservice), as right now I am working all day long, and miss out on some prime riding time (I still get out at least 4 times a week though, two of which are full days.

Go for it, I do have ambitions in life and have some dreams, but frankly, I'm happy, and will keep doing it as long as I am happy.
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They tell me after paying several thousands of dollars I get a piece of paper that says "Bachelor of Arts" on it and that it will somehow, miraculously, get me a job. Right.
Nothing miraculous about it. Your attitude will clearly prevent you from getting a job though.

Since you are in between, if you want to do it, just pack the car and do it. You WILL be living well below what you are used to in dorms or college town apartments and you WILL be malnourished but, that is simply the life of a ski bum. You only live once. Do it.
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Anyone that says work for the resort and live in staff housing is a rookie at this. That's the worst thing to do as it doesn't give you a job that lets you shred and they own your pass. Move early, find a real solid job that has built in ride breaks or starts in the p.m. and buy your pass that way if you call in sick to work they can't black flag your pass or fire you over calling in and shredding on their pass.

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I was thinking the same thing. Im about to graduate college and all I want to do is snowboard everyday. Just gonna pack my shit up and move to Jackson Hole haha.
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Anyone that says work for the resort and live in staff housing is a rookie at this. That's the worst thing to do as it doesn't give you a job that lets you shred and they own your pass. Move early, find a real solid job that has built in ride breaks or starts in the p.m. and buy your pass that way if you call in sick to work they can't black flag your pass or fire you over calling in and shredding on their pass.
I guess it depends on the cost of the season pass..here thst's 1800 bucks (1500 if you get it early i think), a bit too rich for my blood..But a good point nonetheless. They do own your pass. Money is also better off the mountain in most cases. One of the reasons why the west is tempting, Epic pass ftw.
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Anyone that says work for the resort and live in staff housing is a rookie at this.
QFT

Many bums go the low expectation route believing somehow that a steady diet of ramen is the only way. There are alternatives. You can be on the slopes almost every day, and have the coin in your pocket to be in the bars every night. It takes planning but can be done. I went the route by using two complimentary part time jobs. Real Estate agent was job #1. That meant investing in the necessary educational course and state testing for licensure. After that, I spent 0 hours in the office of my broker, but found clients on the slopes, on the lifts, in the bars, and at job #2, managing an independent ski/board shop. By taking care of food/bev workers when they came into the shop, I also gained the ability to basically eat/drink for practically nothing. And getting free shit from the sales reps didn't suck. I paid for my pass and herbal supplements, but that's about it. Those were some great winters. Why be a bum living on ramen when you can be a bum living on sushi and top shelf gin?

Its all in the planning.
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