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Old 06-27-2010, 03:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So i just graduated high school this last Wednesday and like two days after i got hit with a ton of bricks wondering what i was going to do in the next year to year and a half. I have pretty much narrowed my plan down too two or three possible options. My two loves in life are really snowboarding and aviation. I eventually plan to go back to school and get my commercial pilot license and try a go at that for a career but at this moment I'm undecided on the timing of things. The program i have chosen starts every January and runs until April of the following year with a 4 month break for summer in the middle. The first option i have would be to basically work for through the summer and most of fall then get ready to enroll in that program and move on with my life or possibly take the winter following completion of that program to go board. My other option of the two which i have really started to seriously think about would be to work for the next four odd months and move out to go spend a summer boarding.

As i said above I'm really thinking about moving away and doing a full season of boarding and try to get at least 50+ full days in. There is however a few questions/concerns i have about doing this and would really like to get an opinion from everyone. Right now I'm in Saskatchewan, Canada (Quite possibly the the worst place for a boarder to live as its completely flat) and my plan would be to move out west to the Rockies. I have narrowed down where i want to go to about three places. In order of most preferred they are: Fernie, Revelstoke/Kicking Horse (Could go either way) and then Big White. I haven't been to the last three but i spent i week this year in fernie and absolutely fell in love with the place. I was just wondering if anyone had some knowledge or opinions on those places or possibly even a different area. I would much like to stay away from the more popular resorts like banff/whistler and could give care less about the party scene as im there to board (Also would be underage but not like that would stop anyone). Also what would be some good things to bring along that could save some cash.

The second issue would could possibly be the biggest would be the fact that i don't turn 18 until the middle of November so as far as i know i wouldn't be able to get a place until my birthday. By then i would assume most of the good places would be snatched up and it would be cutting it close to the start of the season. Is there anyway to get around this like having a parent sign it with you or something. Also on the note of housing and living allowances how much money would you think would be could to start out for say like two months prior to the seasons starting/getting a job. I was thinking someone in the neighborhood of $4000-$5000 Enough to cover like first/last months rent, transportation(Have an 4x4 SUV i intend to bring), food and some other miscellaneous stuff. As for a job this is where I'm kinda clueless i have heard conflicting things about working for a resort but the overall opinion is that you will end up working more than boarding. I would definitely prefer to work in like a restaurant or somewhere with evening hours. Any ideas on that subject would be great.

So sorry if this got a little long i just have a lot of questions ultimately just want to know what do you guys think i should do? Go straight to school and possibly try this again in a year and a half or just go for it? Also if anyone heading that way next winter possibly wants to get a place together we should get in touch.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, if you want to get both in, I would probably suggest going ahead and doing the snowboard plan first. It will give you a nice break from highschool to have fun, get some work and life experience, and then head into the career you want to do. From what I've heard if your planning on boarding alott, don't work at a resort, work instead in town with night hours, or hybrid hours. Actually probably the best bet would be to work at a resort restaraunt with night hours. Being a liftie seems like it would get really boring really fast, the pay would be crap, and you would end up bleeping tickets on epic days hating yourself.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My advice is to keep your head to the grinding stone and start this aviation thing first. The more time you have out of school, the harder it is to want to go back.

Once you get your license and start your career, you can fly to any part of the world and shred on your off days......
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My advice is to keep your head to the grinding stone and start this aviation thing first. The more time you have out of school, the harder it is to want to go back.

Once you get your license and start your career, you can fly to any part of the world and shred on your off days......

I'll second this! Too often kids go off and do the "break" and get lost in the mountain scene. Next thing you know you're working at a resort bitching about tourists who have way too much money to spend. The best bragging rights you have are about getting-in 100 days a year but retiring making little more than 100 bucks a day. Find balance and good things will come to you......keep working!
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I disagree with both Neednsnow and Milo. While I understand their points of view, I regret not taking the time either after highschool or college to take the opportunity and do what I love before putting myself into the grind. After highschool I figured I'd just do it after college, after college I ended up finding a job right away and did the "responsible" thing and started my career. Now 6/7 years later I'm getting married, work too many hours to be able to ride enough and have no chance of taking the time off from my life to really do what I love even for a single season. I'd say do what makes you happy but don't lose site of your future. You can definitely do both because eventually you'll want more than just working in a restaurant and getting 100 days a year. But if you don't do that when you have the chance you never will...
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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That's the main reason I said what I said, too often people get so shoved into the "work mode" that they hardly ever even end up doing what they loved in the first place. It happens vice versa as well, with guys turning into ski bums for life, (not that it isn't an entirely honorable choice if you love snowboarding that much). Go out and have fun, but don't forget your goal either!
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yea Im with lisevolution on this, Id say why wait you never know whats going to happen tomorrow. Live it up while you can. As long as you keep things in prospective and like hobomaster said do forget about your goals, then theres always a way to do both. It will definitely be harder as time goes on, more responibilites not even with just work but life in general, the older you get the more things are going to get in your way of riding time and even free time. You just have to find that balance between work and play. See I work to live, I DONT live to work. Some people (im not knocking them just not my choice) live to work, they invest so much time working they never have a chance to enjoy the rewards of there hard work. I say enjoy life as much as you can now while you can because you dont know what tomorrow may bring. You can do both bro. dont mis out on boarding. thats my opinion. Im 27 now, worked full time while I was in college full time and still rode full time, and now I make a good living and still make sure I enjoy life to the fullest. But ive seen this first hand. Out of HS we had a huge crew of about 20 ppl that rode with me religiously every weekend. every year slowly they started dropping off the map. some get caught up working 24/7 others had kids, and the rest they couldnt find that balance and life just got in the way. but when I talk to any of them all they talk about is how bad they want to board still but its always Ahhhh I cant this season definitely next season.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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To be honest you could go either way. Do the snowboard bum thing for a season and then move on to aviation, or vice a versa.

Getting a commercial pilot's license probably means you will need to use it or lose the certification. So you might be better off doing the snow bum thing first. Not sure on the requirements. That is one of the things I would look at. Becoming a pilot should give you the time and means to hit the slopes often though. Just about anywhere in the world...
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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My brother is a pilot right now for UPS and is actually based out of Anchorage, AK though he lives in Baltimore. He's not a snowboarder so he definitely doesn't get use that to his advantage. That said he does get to travel to all sorts of crazy places in the world. Sometimes he has some downtime there others it's a quick turn around. It really depends on the specific trip. He does work a schedule of like 2 weeks on 2 weeks or 1 month on 1 month off most of the time though so there is a lot of downtime in general and he can get pilots courtesy from most major airlines to travel free. When he worked for Delta before joining UPS he had a different type of schedule, much more of a regular work schedule than he does for UPS. However he was able to fly free on delta or pretty much any other airline anywhere in the world as long as there was an extra seat on the plane. Definite perks to it and one of his buddies is a huge Skier and who maximizes these perks to his skiing advantage and has skied just about every major peak in the world at this point. Guys got some sick stories to share and he was able to get to those places through being a commercial pilot.
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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So i think i have pretty much decided that I'm going to be taking the year off. Some things didn't quite work my way in terms of funding for my pilot license so ill have a go at that later next year. I narrowed down my choices to Kicking Horse and Fernie because Big White is a little to far from home and would just be a hassle to move out that far. As for work I'm going to plan on working for the resort and anything else that comes up would just be a plus.
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