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Old 01-27-2012, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Quit work - off to the mountains for a year?

Not quite sure where to post this question, so am putting it here.

That's it. I can't stand it anymore - working all week and just doing the weekend snowboard thing. I am going to quit, take a year off work, and do a whole season in the mountains!!!

Actually, I've been thinking about this for a while now and trying to save some cash. I want to basically do a whole season somewhere but JUST SNOWBOARD (no work). I am still just a lame intermediate rider and can't seem to get any better, so I figure a couple months out on a board everyday might help me improve a bit.

I am aiming for the 2013-2014 season (I know, still almost two years away ), but I need to save up the cash.

My question is: has anyone got some experience doing something like this? Would you recommend it? I was browsing some 11-week improvement camp-style things run by places like All-Tracks Academy in Whistler, and wanted to hear other peoples' thoughts on these types of things or possibly find out about some other good long-term improvement camps.

My second question is: if you could go absolutely anywhere in the world, for the purposes of improving your riding (all-round), where would you go? And why? I've done Japan, and doing Europe now, and was thinking about N.America / Canada next.

PS: I guess I am getting 'old' now - 30, if that factor weighs in to your considerations at all! (i.e. the party life is not that important to me, but I still enjoy a good apres ski session

Thanks everyone!
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this is actually something i've been thinking about too. i'm younger than you, out of college for 2-3 years and working. i actually plan to get my master's degree but need to fill in some pre-reqs first, so i figured why not fly out to a university close to a great mountain, take classes, and just board all other times? i get to kill two birds with one stone, and my finances are in order so that i can do it without taking a huge hit.

i got the idea after speaking with some instructor who said he moved out when he was 18 and spent 8 years living in utah just working at the resort and riding, then spent another 2 years bartending and riding. he told me he's met people out who just straight up live that kind of lifestyle; they're in their 40s living paycheck to paycheck and being ski bums. so i don't see why you can't just do it for a year.

definitely would love to see input from others.
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Breck or vail are alright if you can save enough to cover living costs but all resort/mtn towns are gonna be $$$$$. You can rent a one room place for around $1000/month with bills. Both have free bus systems to ge around, that saves huge on my fuel. Epic pass/season pass here is relatively cheap at $650 this season.bonus is you can hit up abasin through June on the same pass after breck and vail close for the season. If you got desperate for $$$ you could find a job relatively easy too..... I moved to vail for the great transportation available, cheap pass, huge amount of terrain plus a good job here in town.
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this is actually something i've been thinking about too. i'm younger than you, out of college for 2-3 years and working. i actually plan to get my master's degree but need to fill in some pre-reqs first, so i figured why not fly out to a university close to a great mountain, take classes, and just board all other times? i get to kill two birds with one stone, and my finances are in order so that i can do it without taking a huge hit.

i got the idea after speaking with some instructor who said he moved out when he was 18 and spent 8 years living in utah just working at the resort and riding, then spent another 2 years bartending and riding. he told me he's met people out who just straight up live that kind of lifestyle; they're in their 40s living paycheck to paycheck and being ski bums. so i don't see why you can't just do it for a year.

definitely would love to see input from others.
There are shiploads of people people living the ski bum life, they come for a season and stay.... I'm 35. Wife is 38, son is 12. I'm a boarder bum with a good job. Lol
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey Argo, thanks for the tips. What if you took money out of the equation, where would you go everyone? I'm not saying I'm rich though!
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Wow, I think about this so much its my absolute dream to have just a full year of being a full time ski bum! I am 22 now currently in the military and I am thinking of getting out for a year in about 2 years and giving it a shot....why not?

As cliche as it is, you only live once and if that's something you want to experience, might as well just do it!
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If I took money out I'd probably follow the storms in the eraly season, mid season in the pnw like government camp or bend Oregon, then in spring alyeska and heli board as much as possible. mostly trying to avoid stupid cold days..... I really do enjoy central Colorado though
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Whistler dude. Board by day, work at Starbucks by night.
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Any chance your "year off of work" could turn into "unemployed the last five years?" That'd suck in your mid-30s.
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I say go for it dude.
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