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Old 07-19-2013, 12:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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An 8 hour drive isn't far?

I guess for a week long trip it isn't far.
For a weekend trip, I'll pass.

...that mind set must be a side effect of living closer to a lot more quality slopes I guess! I have to drive 4.5 hours to get anything over 300 vert. and runs longer than .3 miles!!!! ...And THATS to get to a resort that's only got 500+/- feet of vert.!!!

To get to a REAL mountain, with REAL runs & POW,.. I'd do 8 hours over a weekend, NO Sweat!!


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Guess I just wanted to board more than you guys before moving to the mountains.

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Old 07-19-2013, 02:24 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow, you guys ARE dedicated!

Closest real mountain to me (without crossing the border into the U.S.) is Tremblant.
6 hour drive.

My boss just bought a chalet there because he and his family love it there.
No joke - he has seriously been looking into getting his pilot license and a share of an aircraft because the drive is killing him! (Figuratively.)

I admire the dedication of you guys, but I'll stick with my 2 hour drive to our 750' vertical hill and a couple of trips out west each year.
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Wow, you guys ARE dedicated!


I admire the dedication of you guys, but I'll stick with my 2 hour drive to our 750' vertical hill and a couple of trips out west each year.
welllll, Im not saying I probably wouldn't have to skip out early on a Fri. and maybe call in sick the following Mon.

Dedicated? Yeah, I guess so. Obsessed is closer to the truth! . I spent a lot of time racking up some 55-60k vert 300ft feet at a time. And I made a bunch of 4.5 hr drives north to get those 48 days last season.

I think the closest resort with "Real Vert" and some "Out West, BC feel" to it is Mt. Bohemia. Thats a 10-12 hour+ drive, weather & traffic depending. I am going to try and hit it once this season since I am now "L. I. Boarder!!!"
(...BoHo resort is NOT for beginners!). At least that's my plan B if a trip out west doesn't come together.

To the OP,.. See what I mean? If you REALLY want to ride,... You don't have to give it up. Get in what u can, when you can. Good luck in school!
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:19 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Does someone has any experience with combining (engineering) studies and snowboarding?
What's the best thing to do?
Should I concentrate on my studies and forget snowboarding? *sad face*
Should I go for snowboarding and drop out of college and risk the fact of not having a decent job in the future?
Or is their a mid-way solution?

Any advice is welcome!

P.S. Sorry if I made any spelling/grammar mistakes
Just use the search function...there has been threads about engineering colleges and snowboarding. But generally get an education, then a job that has the flexibility or capacity to allow riding and then live on a good hill.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:59 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the response, I really appreciate it!

I'm sorry if I didn't sound dedicated to snowboard (2 weeks a year). It's just that I don't have the freedom nor do I have the resources (a car for example, the money).
I really want to get involved in the snowboarding franchise later on, maybe get a sponsorship or work for a famous snowboard brand in the engeneering department for example, I don't know.
When I go to college time will be a big issue for me. From where I live it's a 10-12 hour drive to the Alps. We got no X-mas or Easter break due to the fact you have to study for your exams/finals.
Is it doable to drive to the mountains in the weekend and still be able to get good grades?
Does anyone has some experience with that?
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:37 AM   #16 (permalink)
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That depends on you. Everyone is different... When I was in college the first time I drank and did drugs every waking hour and got good grades. Second time I went back for nursing I had 3 kids and a full-time job. Still good grades.
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Tons of great input, here is my spin.

You've been riding for 5 yrs already (12-17) taking a short break of 4 yrs to obtain your degree leaving the rest of your life to ride and work. Lets just say another 50 yrs of riding ahead of you.

No degree worst case scenario, no college and the rest of your life in a low paying crap job that may barely afford you the money to snowboard and a standard of living you may or may not be comfortable with.

Plus college you may meet other ppl or engineers with the same passion for riding as yourself and make a few trips as a group. The same token this new group of passionate riding friends may brainstorm the next big improvement in equipment, merchandise, improved cold gear, heated stomp pads or gadget.

You get my points here
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Agreed with above.

Focus on your degree man. You might not ride as much if you were to drop everything and chase the snowboard dream but the long term benefits are much, much better.

I was in your position (sort of) when I was going though school. I was able to make it to the slopes maybe 10 days a year. I wanted more but was happy with what I got.

I graduated three years ago, got a decent job Monday-Friday and during the winters I coach Saturday and Sunday, plus holiday periods. I think I got close to 40 days on snow this year.

Get it?
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Agreed with above.

Focus on your degree man. You might not ride as much if you were to drop everything and chase the snowboard dream but the long term benefits are much, much better.

I was in your position (sort of) when I was going though school. I was able to make it to the slopes maybe 10 days a year. I wanted more but was happy with what I got.

I graduated three years ago, got a decent job Monday-Friday and during the winters I coach Saturday and Sunday, plus holiday periods. I think I got close to 40 days on snow this year.

Get it?
Yup.
This is the way to go.
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This fall I'm going to college to study civil engineering which will be a real pain in the ass but my parents insist that I try it.
I will do my best to make them proud and eventually be proud on myself BUT I don't want to give up snowboarding :s.
1. Do what you want to do and what will make you happy. Your parents shouldn't force you into that kind of decision. It's what you have to do the rest of your life, not them. I mean, if you're actually really into civil engineering, then go for it. But if you don't see yourself enjoying it, there's no point.

2. School first, then board. Like Argo said, if you really want to ride, you will find time. Two seasons ago I was a full-time student (major: bio-engineering and health sciences minor), worked 35 hours a week, and still found time to ride at least 2 or 3 times a week. Time management is a skill you will learn to master once you get to school.
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