hey bro, im 24 years old and just moved from NJ to Salt Lake City less than two months ago for the same reason. i love snowboarding man, LOVE IT, and the mountains by me just weren't doing it for me. a couple years ago i saved up some money and decided to go to high cascade in oregon. that was by far the best experience of my life and i decided then that i needed to move west where the snow was good and the people were friendly. that same week at camp is where i met my girlfriend and weve been dating ever since despite a 3.5 hour drive between us back home, and now an even greater distance as i am out here in utah and shes home finishing her last semester of college. shell be out here in january. it took some time and weve been saving money and while i cant say my jobs were as secure as yours was, i did leave a great job making my own schedule working for a moving company making $22/hr plus tips, working at a snowboard shop, and also a sweet job at the phillies and eagles stadiums. i also did graduate from rutgers with an accounting degree, but i decided that accounting wasnt really for me during the whole college process but i had a scholarship and decided to push myself to finish school and get a degree.
a torn acl and broken collarbone kept me out of work the first winter after high cascade, so i was out of work for a while and that set me back a little. but after that i buckled down and saved a lot of money and my girl did the same. now here i am, got a job at a snowboard shop making crap for pay but im loving it all the same. i cant wait to ride and live life and ultimately find a good job in the industry. its good now but i know itll be a lot better once my girl gets here and then itll feel like home but i still think i made the right decision doing this. i miss my family and friends but this is my dream and it may sound stupid to some but im happy and thats all that matters. so if you really want it man, go for it. you can always go back, maybe not the same job but something else will come along. do what you love man, you dont want to look back on life and regret not doing it. just do a little planning first and you wont regret it!