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rider89 10-28-2012 09:59 AM

Do I quit my snowboard?
To start off I am contemplating a big decision right now and I was wondering if anyone (maybe with experience?) could give me some insight and some guidance as to if this is a good idea or not.

I am 23 years old. I have an electronics engineering diploma and I currently work for the military. I absolutely love snowboarding and my biggest problem is working for the military extremely limits my oppurtunity to snowboard as I am away from home for significant periods of time very often. The idea I have in my head is getting out and getting a job at a resort for a year just to ride as much as possible and do something I've always wanted to do. My fear is that I am giving up a secure job that makes decent money.

Anyone have some thoughts? If more information is required just ask.

devo 10-28-2012 10:05 AM

23 hmmm?? Do whatever floats YOUR boat you've got plenty of time. I'm 37 and I missed a few opportunitys pussy footing with my life.

turbospartan 10-28-2012 10:20 AM

You're getting to the point where it is now or never. I am 28 and looking back, I wish I would have taken a year between graduating college and starting in the "real" world, to go explore / travel / etc.

Now that I've been working in the "real" world for 6 years, I couldn't just say "F this" and go live in the mountains. I mean, yea I could actually do that but it'd be much harder now that I'm used to making the money and put the years into going to school.... it's just a lot harder to be damn near 30 and be like "yea I quit working for the man so that I could live in the mountains. Now I work at a coffee shop making $5 an hour and eat McD's every night." Obviously that is an exaggeration, but with my degree I will not be able to find a find a job anywhere that isn't a manufacturing area or a HQ for a large company (of which those don't really exist in the mountains, for obvious reasons).

Another option you may have is to start looking for another job. If you can get an offer, tell them that you need to finish a project or some shit with your current company and wouldn't be able to start for a month. Quit your military job, go stay at some mountain for a few weeks and ride every single day, and then start your new job.

poutanen 10-28-2012 10:28 AM


Originally Posted by turbospartan (Post 531917)
You're getting to the point where it is now or never. I am 28 and looking back, I wish I would have taken a year between graduating college and starting in the "real" world, to go explore / travel / etc.

Wish I had done the same thing but was pretty much forced into the construction industry right after high school.

I would LOVE to leave my job right now and go work as a groomer operator, snowboard instructor, or any of the above...

But now I make far too much compared to what I'd get at the hill, and I've got the taste of economic freedom in my mouth and you can't wash that taste out. I still get out to the hill a lot, and can afford the equipment I want. But are there days I'd like to be 23 again, and able to say "FUCK IT ALL" and go work at a resort, live the cheap life, and board for a year or two? Fuck yeah...

BigmountainVMD 10-28-2012 10:33 AM

If you have money saved up, do it. Just don't LOSE cash while you ride for the season. Get a afternoon/evening job (restaurants are the best for this) and ride all morning, every morning. As long as you have the income to support your riding then all will be well. Also, while you are doing this, try to get a job with your degree that might still let you snowboard. You will have the entire winter to do this, so its a possibility that you could find something in the area that will still let you ride. DO it man! After college I immediately applied to be a snowboard instructor and got more than 100 days on the snow... and got so much better in the process. I'm back at school now... but due to that winter I now know that ability to snowboard will be a requirement for whatever I do in the future.

tdn 10-28-2012 10:35 AM

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I've quit a few jobs because I've gotten bored or because it restricted my free time severely. I quit a shitty job that paid top dollar AND had mandotory overtime so I made ridiculously more - however, I was working 6am to 5pm-7pm SEVEN days a week, with 1 day off every 2 weeks. My life was literally, working, sleeping and eating. The crazy hours wouldn't last long, but I couldn't wait, so I quit. I have no regrets. When I gave them a two week notice, I immediately felt relieved and noticeably happier.

This past Friday I informed my second part time job at a bar that I was getting bored and pulling so much more weight than the employees getting paid the same as I. Other employees would literally come to me for guidance or instruction, the owner himself would put me in charge of an entire floor and have me report to him etc.. I was basically being used. I told them that I'll be gone in two weeks, they both the owner and the general manager immediately offer me a better position and/or more money in the same position, we plan to "figure something out" this week. I don't know what they have in mind, but I warned them it would take a significant pay increase to stay, so I'm not getting my hopes up. I was happy that they acknowledged all the work I was doing, I didn't think they noticed. Now that I know they did notice, why wasn't I offered a raise??!

Anyway, I think the point I'm trying to make is do what makes you happy AND what you can reasonably do. I'm lucky enough to have a decent amount saved up and can easily go months without working. If I did not have what I do in my savings (or if I had kids, a lot of debt etc..), I probably wouldn't have made the same decisions I mentioned above.

So in short, life is short, do what makes you happy that won't make you miserable in the future.

Tarzanman 10-28-2012 10:47 AM

If you're serious, then you will do what you can to find contract work. Contract work may very well require you to commit to crappy work schedules for a couple of months on end, but the flip side is that when the contract ends you are free to do as you please (like take 3 months off to go snowboard).

I do not think that the current climate is ideal for giving up a decent salaried position, but if you are willing to sacrifice a big chunk (maybe all) of your savings, then you could try it.

There are people who survive off of very little income, but keep in mind that doing so means that you
1. Probably won't be able to have a lot of possessions/stuff (unless someone stores them for you)
2. Will have to learn to accept less-than ideal living conditions (crappy roommates or tiny living arrangements with little or no privacy, etc).

It would probably be a better idea to find either part time work in a location close to a hill, or a job that lets you move your hours around.

On my last trip to Jackson I met a guy in his early 20's who had just moved there and taken a job as a programmer. His boss was cool with him coming it at ~ 12 or 1 as long as he got his hours in and his work done.

a 25-30 hour a week job will still let you get more than enough riding done, IMO.

almostheaven 10-28-2012 10:49 AM

Think about all the things that you spend money on that you dont really need, but only want. Which do you want more, those things or snowboarding.

Working at a resort you will make enough money to pay for rent and food but not a whole lot else.

Im kind of in the same position as you. I just finished school and debated between further education or a "real job" but decided those things can wait while I enjoy myself for a while. With the degree you have the same job might not be waiting for you but something decent will be when your ready.

Tarzanman 10-28-2012 10:49 AM


Originally Posted by turbospartan (Post 531917)
but with my degree I will not be able to find a find a job anywhere that isn't a manufacturing area or a HQ for a large company (of which those don't really exist in the mountains, for obvious reasons).


aiidoneus 10-28-2012 11:48 AM

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You got tons of time to fuck up and have fun!

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