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post #31 of 43
The big destination resorts all have some sort of agency operating at them that conducts lessons for the handicapped/disadvantaged. An example is the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. They use a lot of volunteers to help get mental/emotional/physical handicapped folks out enjoying the mountains.

http://www.boec.org/
post #32 of 43
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Kneale, that is great work and is very appealing to me.

My home hill, Sugarloaf, has a very active adaptive ski program. Very cool to see people with physical impairments having a blast on the hill. It is wonderful to see how the joy of skiing takes so many forms. 

D1

post #33 of 43
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... I am semi-pro jazz musician ... 

 

Nobody has picked up on this point yet.  Would you be keen to take your music that next step and, if so, what are the opportunities in that space?  We have musos who make a living through the ski season hereabouts.

post #34 of 43
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I live in Santa Fe and I'm in my "encore career" as a patroller there. Look me up and we can chat about what that's like.

Bob, very kind. I will pm you when we get there.
Skiing four days at Taos in first week in April (just before the hill closes) and then three in Santa Fe after that. Really looking forward to it. I suspect it will be a bit different than Maine....
Was thinking about doing the lesson deal given the great rep of the ski school and the very modest cost.  Would also be a good introduction to the hill and best areas given the late season conditions. Your thoughts on the school part?
D1

The Taos ski school is justifiably famous for being good. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure you'll find NM to be a bit different than ME. cool.gif
post #35 of 43
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Nobody has picked up on this point yet.  Would you be keen to take your music that next step and, if so, what are the opportunities in that space?  We have musos who make a living through the ski season hereabouts.

Music is part of my life's breath. My personal philosophy is that a full and rich life depends on the desire and effort to hone skills for different human faculties. For my ears, it is my music. For eyes, my photography work; Intellect , the spoken and written work; and the body - skiing.

Music will most certainly be part of the plan. It always has been. 

And I work cheap.

D1

post #36 of 43

Music is huge in my life too.  In fact way bigger than skiing.  I'm happy to say that I've found a way to make good music without having to prostitute myself.  This, however, means that I make very little money and don't ever consider it when I make musical decisions.  I feel the same way about skiing.  I'll make money at something that isn't a core part of my being so I'm free to enjoy these things more fully.

 

If you're looking for a place to be a semi-pro jazz musician, move to Bellingham.  The music scene here is quite a bit more advanced than you would expect from a town this size.  It comes from being roughly equidistant between two big urban areas (Seattle & Vancouver). You might even want to join my big band!

post #37 of 43

D1, are you going to stay East or go West, this year or next year, maintain two residences or one, rent or own both, accompanied or unaccompanied tour, vary your snow locale or stick to one place, fly or drive, to a city near skiing or a small mountain town?

 

Santa Fe, Taos, Bend, Boulder, Telluride, and Jackson is a good starting list.  I've been to all but last two.  For a pretty gnarly ski area there are a lot of older folks that patronize Taos.  I'm thinking more along the lines of seasonal ski bird and driving to Colorado from the East since it's the closest for what I have in mind, but Taos is attractive and not too expensive yet.  I had a retired couple from Incline Village lay some heavy persuasion on me when I was in the Tahoe area a couple years ago.  Of the more standalone little ski towns I thought Steamboat had an excellent sense of community, but there are many more fine ski places I have not visited.  I would like the seasonal approach to evolve into a second home purchase, but not ready to commit to a specific location yet.

post #38 of 43

Someone beat me to the suggestion of teaching adaptive lessons, but I will second the idea. If you want to be working out on the mountain and you have an interest in helping people with disabilities - you can do them both together!

 

I have been taking adaptive lessons since a nerve injury a few years ago and several of my instructors were doing it as their "encore career." They seemed to really enjoy it. Some mountains seem to do their program with almost all volunteers, some with instructors that also teach at the ski school.

 

If your home hill has an adaptive program, I'm sure they would be happy to have you volunteer and get a feeling about whether it might be the thing for you.

post #39 of 43

What I did was right for me and at the right time. You results may vary. Wife and I were done with where we grew up and raised our children. Both kids moved to the PNW. It was a 5 year process from dropping hints to the wife until we locked the door of our last house and followed them to an Eden of a rental house 20 min from the lifts. I work part time for my son's company as delivery driver and mentor to the CEO.  Love working with an honest crew. I support the wife as she volunteers at the Food Bank, library, church group and she's talking the local Alternative HS.  Golf gets a bit of our time. My 5 hour ski today started spectacular and turned awesome.

 

What ever the process or end is right for you, you can start your journey like I did. Tomorrow. Take a large garbage can to the basement. Every week it  take it to the street full. Repeat

post #40 of 43
Hi D1, your post really resonates with me. My hubby is a lawyer and he has just put things in motion for his early retirement. He has just signed up to do his ski instructors course level 1 at Big White, Canada. For the longest time he didn't even consider being an instructor either for reasons similar to those that you stated. However, the lightbulb clicked and he thought why the hell not!

We live in Australia, but have a condo in Big White and plan to spend most of the ski season there, then back home to Oz where hubby will do consultancy work with his firm on 1 - 2 days a week (he would go nuts being fully retired at this stage). Our ultimate goal is to also have a property in Hotham, Australia so we can ski in both hemispheres. We can be self-funded retiree ski bums...though it is hard (and scary) to say good bye to a certain level of income! It's a big change, however a welcome one for us. My husband (55 yo) has lost two colleagues in recent times to Cancer, one aged 40 and the other 48, and this has steeled his resolve to quit the rat race and chill out.

All the best to you with your plans, SkiBilly.
post #41 of 43
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 My 5 hour ski today started spectacular and turned awesome.

 

What ever the process or end is right for you, you can start your journey like I did. Tomorrow. Take a large garbage can to the basement. Every week it  take it to the street full. Repeat

 

THAT is one of the best ski-related quotes I've ever heard on the web.

 

Good on you!

post #42 of 43

The tour started with a chair ride  and a local expert led me the the back side into a sun drenched and iced over back country just to peek at what no one could ski today. Ended with a chat on a sunny sidewalk  in town with a guides guide.

 

  The garbage cans - That part took 2 years for me :) 


Edited by wooley12 - 2/26/14 at 10:39pm
post #43 of 43

Another personal observation. I thought I might restart my business here and run it at 1/4 speed after the move. I lucked into a job that I like that's 180 deg from what had been doing and with the old gone completely it feels right.  

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