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Old 04-26-2010, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Desk jockey/family types - how many days do you get?

Not casting aspersions, as I now fall head first into this category. For those who work 9 - 5 office type gigs, and have families, how much time do you get on the mountain? I'm looking at a couple more weekends in Mammoth to round out my season, which will put me at a measly 15 days. This year was particularly hampered, as my daughter was born in early January, so the run up to that, and requisite time after meant that I didn't get to board at all from mid December to mid February. We also spend a week in CO each year, which didn't happen this year, but will resume next year (sister in law lives in Eagle), so that shaved off another 4 days or so. That said, I feel like I'm looking at 20 - 25 days a year as a best case scenario for the foreseeable future. I try to maintain the attitude that I'm just out there to have fun, but truthfully I'm a really progress minded guy, and feel like I'm hardly maxing out the progress factor at that amount of days (I at least try to ride open to close on the days I ride). Anyway, I'm bored at the desk today, and just wondering how others get it done.

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Old 04-26-2010, 04:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't work a 9-5 office job but my days on the mountain are planned around my daughter's school schedule. We got about 50 days so far this season, work is going to keep me busy the next couple of weeks but hopefully we'll get in a few more before it's over.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I work Monday - Friday. Live in San Antonio TX and board 15-25 days a year. I do it for fun and to get my family doing something active together while on vacation. When your not paying attention, life happens, I enjoy my career and love my family. I would not change a thing. When I get the urge to board I Take time off and fly/ drive to Co. We are hitting MT Hood for summer boarding while my kids do high cascades camp.
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My husband and I are true weekend warriors. We're on the mountain every weekend and spend extra time up there on holidays, but that only gives me 20-30 days per season. My husband has had more (about 40 days), as he's been willing to drive himself up to Hood on back-to-back days. But that's expensive and time-consuming.
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Teach your daughter to snowboard and make it a family outing. Then you can shred every weekend and it's family bonding time. There's a cool podcast on The Dirtbag Diaries about finding balance in your life (family, outdoor passion, work, etc).

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Teach your daughter to snowboard and make it a family outing. Then you can shred every weekend and it's family bonding time. There's a cool podcast on The Dirtbag Diaries about finding balance in your life (family, outdoor passion, work, etc).

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Thanks, that was a good listen. I hope I didn't come off as sour grapes about having a kid (I definitely have sour grapes about having a job though ). Even being only 3.5 months into this journey, and despite a lot of self sacrifice thus far, and certainly to come, I can easily say it's the most rewarding thing I've ever done, and wouldn't change it for anything. I'm lucky that my wife boards, and generally enjoys the outdoors as well, so hopefully our daughter will share that some passion with us. I like what the dude in the podcast hinted at about sharing those experiences with your kids, and focusing on their experience with it, and not your own. I'll have to remember that when toe-sliding down the bunny hill holding my daughter's hand in a few years.
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I'll have to remember that when toe-sliding down the bunny hill holding my daughter's hand in a few years.
For four years I was lucky enough to play dad to a wonderful little girl (from 6 until she was 10). I had never understood the concept of the "Little League Dad" until I saw her making it down Mt. Snow's teaching hill (this is ages ago) all by herself.

Get ready for the adventure.
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I'm not a family man yet, but I work an average of 50-60 hour weeks these days. On a good season I'll get to 30+ days but the average year is closer to 15-20 days. I also try to take at least one trip out west (I live in NY) with friends and my fiancee a season. This year I only got about 8-10 days in and they were all before the middle of January. I herniated 2 discs in my lower back somehow and that shut down my season over a month early. I'm sure that will also have lasting implications into how much I can ride going forward. I wish I was able to get the time I used to when I was younger on the mountain but life has a funny way of taking over somehow...
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I try to break at least 50 each season working a 5 day a week job. I do every weekend and half days on thursday since I work nines on the other days. It is easier to hit since I work as an instructor. Of course it isn't all play, but working on a snowboard isnt all that bad.
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22 days on lifts, i do half in VT and i live 3.5 hrs away, closest small hill is 1 hr away, i really push my funds and time to the max for that, i have no kids
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