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Old 02-05-2012, 02:48 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Keys to Reality was an awesome read and is sort of making me think a lot.

The more and more I live here, and the more and more I work the job I am currently employed in, the more content I'm starting to feel. I get a month of vacation every winter and another month of vacation from March to April. If I really wanted to I could ride every night after work but the night skiing isn't so great. I've always thought about moving to a different location in Japan and still work for the same company but I already live close to a lot of resorts that get plenty of snow. And the places I board never really have any crowds and you don't have to wait in line. Everyday has pretty much been a powder day and I never really have to get first chair and never really have to be in a rush to get to the resort early in the morning. I could really just show up everyday at 12 noon and ride almost nothing but pow for the rest of the day. And if the snow starts to suck by March, I could always just spend an extra hour and half to get to Hakkoda or take a month trip to Hokkaido. And during the off season I can surf since the beach is only an hour away. Really though I think I have found my paradise since I can surf and snowboard on the same day if I really wanted to.

I am really really content with the simple lifestyle I am living now but if for example I get a girlfriend and start a family, many many sacrifices will have to be made.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:13 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Hope you understand that's a job that doesn't let you ride and the walk to the lifts thing is pretty fabled for any snow carnie it's usually those of us that can afford real housing that walk to the lift.



Having a kid is the ultimate sacrifice you give up living for you and live for them.

For all you people that are butt hurt or defending it there's one question you have to ask yourself. Are you a snowboarder or someone that snowboards? Answer that and you'll have your answers to life.
Fine, I'll take a short shuttle bus to the lift. Sure beats waking up at 7am in Denver and making it to the mountain at 9:30.

I don't really get the question "Are you a snowboarder or someone that snowboards?" I think that I am both of those. I would be intrigued as to why I might be one or another.

I am a snowboarder because I snowboard. I am someone that snowboards because I snowboard. Am I missing something?

You sound a little elitist. Did you grow up in a mountain town? Or did you attend a bullshit college in a mountain town? (Colorado mountain college, learn to be a stoner pill addict while riding every day with parents paying 3X the amount of a regular community college).

I moved out here from Chicago to snowboard, but you might hate that and have a "no vacancy" sticker on your car.
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Someone butt hurt because I call it how I see it? You're either a snowboarder or someone that snowboards it's a simple question that doesn't revolve around having to have gone to college, lived in a mountain town, popped pills, or have a no vacancy sticker on your vehicle, or what someone else says about you.
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For all you people that are butt hurt or defending it there's one question you have to ask yourself. Are you a snowboarder or someone that snowboards? Answer that and you'll have your answers to life.
just because you have a job that does not allow you to log 100+ days on the hill does not make you any less of a "snowboarder". its all about your mindset about the sport and how you participate in it and your passion for it.
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just because you have a job that does not allow you to log 100+ days on the hill does not make you any less of a "snowboarder". its all about your mindset about the sport and how you participate in it and your passion for it.
If were setting the bar that high to be qualified as a "snowboarder" than about 99% of people out there on the hill\mountain are out of luck, but for the most part THEY are the ones supporting the entire industry with their $$$ and without them most core snowboarders would not be able to make it, same goes for most sports or past times.
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You need to learn your history and who Ken Achenbach is.
Point taken... IF you are Ken Achenbach, then yeah, you are having an amazing time running CoC during the summer, which, as much fun as it sounds, is still a job btw... But his message was to the masses, which is where my comment came from. He called "you" a sellout at the end. I get what he is saying. Letting everything fall in place second to snowboarding is hard to achieve. Eliminate those things and snowboarding will always be the primary motivation. But it is not a one way street. You can work hard, have all those things he talks about eliminating, and still have snowboarding as your motivation, your focus and your drive. Snowboarding can still influence your life decisions. Maybe right now while I'm in school full time, I can't get in the 120 days that was possible last year, but I can push to spend every winter/spring break in the mountains. And when I'm done, I can live my life as influenced by riding as I desire, and still have money and insurance to pay the doctors to fix my knees when I get hit by a car while trying to hitchhike to the mountains.
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