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Aspiring Ski Bums In CO

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So my boyfriend and I are high level snowboarders and we are hoping to move to the Colorado Rockies for next years season! I am just hoping to get some guidance/suggestions on best mountains and places to live. We are looking for mountains with lots of difficult terrain and epic backcountry opportunities. Affordability is also a definite factor. Our plan is to get the Epic pass so we will have access to breck, keystone, beaver creek, etc. Any suggestions for which of those mountains should be our main focus? ie try to live closest to...? 

Thanks a bunch

-kia

post #2 of 17
Based on your criteria, why would you get an Epic Pass?
post #3 of 17
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because the price of an epic pass is less than a seasons pass anywhere else, and you get access to multiple mountains...

post #4 of 17

Generally speaking the season pass if purchased early is the least costly part of being a ski bum while housing is the most costly and difficult to arrange. So I would suggest focusing on places with low cost housing and anywhere near Vail resorts doesn't strike me as being low cost. Also I believe that there are lots of other resorts that offer more steep terrain and better back country access than Vail resorts.

post #5 of 17
How will you access the BC? Lift served or do you have split boards?
post #6 of 17

This is a somewhat strange thread, and I wonder if the OP really knows what she is asking about? If you want lift-served resort shredding, the Epic pass makes a lot of sense. If you want backcountry, just walk out your back door, walk a few blocks, and go.  Or hop in your car, drive a few miles, park, and go. There isn't a lot of lift-served b/c anywhere; thus, the question about split boards (and all that entails) is quite relevant.

post #7 of 17
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lift served, unfortunately no splitboards

post #8 of 17
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but hiking from top of lift / outer areas is expected and welcomed

post #9 of 17
So, you want lifts, but "epic back country opportunities"? How much back country experience do you have? Or do you really mean epic steeps inbounds?
post #10 of 17
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To raspritz: where I'm from there is plenty of lift served backcountry so this is why I'm asking, to get a feel for what the deal is in the high rockies

post #11 of 17

It appears from your description, Summit County would be your best bet.  Breck, Frisco, Dillon area is centrally located to many different ski areas and there is a variety of non resort skiing within easy driving distance to keep you busy for a long time.  Summit County has more rental opportunities and options and is probably going to be more affordable than some of the other ski areas such as Aspen etc.

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kia Sutter View Post
 

To raspritz: where I'm from there is plenty of lift served backcountry so this is why I'm asking, to get a feel for what the deal is in the high rockies

Not to be a jerk or disrespectful to the OP, but isn't this an oxymoron?  If its lift served its not backcountry.

post #13 of 17
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 If its lift served its not backcountry.
 

 

I don't care how you access it. Once your outside the ski area boundary, it's backcountry.  Some resorts have a lot of access and some don't. 

Abasin has the beavers, Vail has East Vail Chutes and the Minturn Mile.  I don't know much about the options at Breck or Keystone.

post #14 of 17
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thank you to shredhead and skier31 for actually answering my question! much appreciated

post #15 of 17
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I don't care how you access it. Once your outside the ski area boundary, it's backcountry.  Some resorts have a lot of access and some don't. 

Abasin has the beavers, Vail has East Vail Chutes and the Minturn Mile.  I don't know much about the options at Breck or Keystone.

 

Gotcha.  I guess when I think backcountry, this isn't what comes to mind.  To the OP, good luck.  As someone else said focus on finding affordable housing.  I had two buddies when we were graduating from college that tried to do the ski bum thing in Breckenridge and they both ended up home within the season.  Housing was expensive and they weren't getting enough hours at the resort.

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by cmr40 View Post
 

Not to be a jerk or disrespectful to the OP, but isn't this an oxymoron?  If its lift served its not backcountry.


Right, it is sidecountry or slackcountry.

 

So you're moving to CO to become ski bums?  What do you do for a living?  If male, do you have long hair and a flat-brimmed trucker hat?  Because every damn ski bum I ran into out there was working some dead-end job and looked like they came from central casting.  I won't comment on their other main hobby besides skiing because that's their business.  It doesn't look like a great life choice to me, quite frankly.  

post #17 of 17
Find a job first and work at finding cheap housing around that location... If you think you will be able to just move to town and find a job at a coffee shop or hotel think again. Most of the industry has career fairs and postings in the off season or work through recruiters even for simple service jobs. Start networking now and it will be a lot easier...

As stated before the season pass will be your smallest expense, if you get the right job it might even be free! Housing will be dificult, once again start networking on this early as lots of ski bums work yr round in the towns and need to fill leases for longer than the winter.

Also budget for gear... Your stuff will take a beating if you are really shreding like you want. Have quality gear when you start the season, otherwise you will be too broke to fix it...

Most importantly if you are going to ski backcountry (there is no slackcountry its all backcountry) get educated, take a level 1, buy a beaccon/probe and be smart!

I hope it works out, the skibum life is fun but it does take more planning and maturity than most give it credit for wink.gif
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