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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Hi ski friends,

I have a quick question and if anyone has a moment, would love your insight! I've always regretted not taking a gap year in between college and graduate school to live in a ski town and bum for a season. Luckily, I have a job that affords me considerable flexibility in my working environment, and I'm thinking about spending 2-3 months on a mountain next year. I need some advice as to where would be the best fit for this kind of escapade.

A little insight: I'm an advanced skier (east coast standards), early 30's and single. While I am interested in having world-class skiing at my fingertips, a great social environment is also paramount, since I'll be traveling and living alone (and on the hunt for skiing buddies). My hope is to find somewhere to rent for a few months at a moderate cost while being near a mountain (or two or three?) where I wouldn't get bored with the terrain. 

Would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks!

post #2 of 25
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Hi ski friends,

I have a quick question and if anyone has a moment, would love your insight! I've always regretted not taking a gap year in between college and graduate school to live in a ski town and bum for a season. Luckily, I have a job that affords me considerable flexibility in my working environment, and I'm thinking about spending 2-3 months on a mountain next year. I need some advice as to where would be the best fit for this kind of escapade.

A little insight: I'm an advanced skier (east coast standards), early 30's and single. While I am interested in having world-class skiing at my fingertips, a great social environment is also paramount, since I'll be traveling and living alone (and on the hunt for skiing buddies). My hope is to find somewhere to rent for a few months at a moderate cost while being near a mountain (or two or three?) where I wouldn't get bored with the terrain. 

Would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks!

Welcome to EpicSki!  As you may imagine, the question has been asked before.  Perhaps take a look at these threads and see if you can narrow down potential destinations before asking more questions.  What big mountains have you skied?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114040/desperately-want-to-move-west

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/103800/in-search-of-a-lot-of-ski-bum-advice

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/104449/vail-a-bad-ski-bum-town

 

A good way to search for relevant threads is to use a directed Google search.  For instance "ski bum: epicski" is how I found a couple of the threads.

post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much! I have read those posts and they've been super helpful. I guess since I'm a bit older than the average ski bum and will be working from my accommodations, I was hoping to gain some insight from folks who may have taken an extended vacation by themselves and felt comfortable and welcome in the ski community for a few months. I imagine if you're working a part time job or there with a few friends, the experience is fantastic. I'll be working in the mornings and then hoping to ski many an afternoon, but will be largely on my own, which worries me some.
I've been to some of the larger resorts - Vail, Beaver, Aspen, Snowmass, Jackson, Park City, Taos, Whistler, the Banff reports, some in VT and NH as well as a few over in Switzerland. I'm not opposed to returning to one of my favorites, but thought if I shared my story than others might have a quick thought or two on my situation.
I really appreciate your thoughtful reply and look forward to joining in on the epic ski community!
post #4 of 25
@Alpenglow is here in Whitefish essentially doing just that. Well, he's having a gap year being a ski bum... Ask him how it's going? I think the apartment situation is pretty tight..
post #5 of 25

Happened to come across this blog entry while looking at something else that Kim Kircher wrote recently.  She and her husband work at Crystal in the PacNW.

 

http://kimkircher.com/2011/06/30/moving-to-a-ski-town-what-you-should-know/

post #6 of 25

Telluride or Jackson. 

post #7 of 25
Good article. And, in the OP's age bracket, the bit about ability is quite true. The real ski bums can REALLY SKI by thirty. Having a job may be important for your social life if you're just an average skier. There's not many guys your age just skiing midweek, especially inbounds. The ones that are skiing regularly are usually somehow in the business - coaches, instructors, ski patrol, lifties, etc. It sounds cool to think of skiing everyday, but most of the people doing that are older than you or younger than you (home schooled kids).
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post #9 of 25
It really depends on your budget. Finding a moderate cost place mid season, will definitely limit your choices.
post #10 of 25
Has to be Park City (unless legal pot is essential to the mix). It's the biggest of the ski towns so has more of the real town essentials. It's also a short drive to Salt Lake City for those things the small ski town won't have. It has the variety of ski areas.

Proximity to SLC means being able to fly out and back easily if something comes up.
post #11 of 25
What ski pass should she get? I bet PCMR's are cheap.
post #12 of 25

Give Breck some thought, specifically for the unlimited lesson pass:

http://www.epicski.com/t/127115/breckenridge-lesson-club-season-long-group-lessons-for-2014-2015-season

 

I haven't done it, but it sounds perfect for always having someone to ski with and meeting new friends...  and for cutting lines on the weekend, which is the big drawback to Breck.  Breck is a fantastic town with lots of relatively affordable housing.  

 

With your profile (job, female, 30's), I'd think you should have some nice housing options house sitting or as a roommate in a nice second home wherever you go!

post #13 of 25
Totally missed the fact she was female.. Duh. Totally different vibe in ski towns. There's a shortage, they will be thrilled to have you. There's are some women here who do the serial house sitting thing.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by BlizzardPearls View Post

Thanks so much! I have read those posts and they've been super helpful. I guess since I'm a bit older than the average ski bum and will be working from my accommodations, I was hoping to gain some insight from folks who may have taken an extended vacation by themselves and felt comfortable and welcome in the ski community for a few months. I imagine if you're working a part time job or there with a few friends, the experience is fantastic. I'll be working in the mornings and then hoping to ski many an afternoon, but will be largely on my own, which worries me some.
I've been to some of the larger resorts - Vail, Beaver, Aspen, Snowmass, Jackson, Park City, Taos, Whistler, the Banff reports, some in VT and NH as well as a few over in Switzerland. I'm not opposed to returning to one of my favorites, but thought if I shared my story than others might have a quick thought or two on my situation.
I really appreciate your thoughtful reply and look forward to joining in on the epic ski community!

 You need to figure out how to switch that around.

post #15 of 25
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Telluride or Jackson. 

 

My thoughts as well.

post #16 of 25
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Totally missed the fact she was female.. Duh. Totally different vibe in ski towns. There's a shortage, they will be thrilled to have you. There's are some women here who do the serial house sitting thing.

This is awesome news - Montana was on my short list. I own a condo in DC and have an easy time renting it out for months at a time to hill folk, so am prepared to pay some for a long term rental. By some, I mean max $2500/month. 

But yeah, main goal is to ski some and meet some good people. There's a shortage of outdoorsy folks here in the Nation's Capitol. And, my list of ski-friends is severely limited.

Thanks so much for your thoughts!

post #17 of 25
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 You need to figure out how to switch that around.

You're totally right. My work is east coast-based. Maybe Europe is a good option, so I could ski mornings and work starting at 3pm :)

post #18 of 25
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Totally missed the fact she was female.. Duh. Totally different vibe in ski towns. There's a shortage, they will be thrilled to have you. There's are some women here who do the serial house sitting thing.
This is awesome news - Montana was on my short list. I own a condo in DC and have an easy time renting it out for months at a time to hill folk, so am prepared to pay some for a long term rental. By some, I mean max $2500/month. 
But yeah, main goal is to ski some and meet some good people. There's a shortage of outdoorsy folks here in the Nation's Capitol. And, my list of ski-friends is severely limited.
Thanks so much for your thoughts!

Whitefish is a real town where most of the tourism is actually summer season, where the draw is Glacier National Park. Feel free to PM me if you have questions.
post #19 of 25
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Give Breck some thought, specifically for the unlimited lesson pass:

http://www.epicski.com/t/127115/breckenridge-lesson-club-season-long-group-lessons-for-2014-2015-season

 

I haven't done it, but it sounds perfect for always having someone to ski with and meeting new friends...  and for cutting lines on the weekend, which is the big drawback to Breck.  Breck is a fantastic town with lots of relatively affordable housing.  

 

With your profile (job, female, 30's), I'd think you should have some nice housing options house sitting or as a roommate in a nice second home wherever you go!


Absolutely right. If you do end up in Breck definitely do the lesson pass. (don't dawdle if that is your choice, they will cut off sales at some point during the year)

 

I have done it for the last few years. For me it is like a ski club as much as it is ski school. I've made many friends and always run across someone I know when I'm out skiing outside of class. Cutting lines on weekends is KEY! Especially on powder days.  :devil: 

post #20 of 25
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Totally missed the fact she was female.. Duh. Totally different vibe in ski towns. There's a shortage, they will be thrilled to have you. There's are some women here who do the serial house sitting thing.

And here us guys feel bad when we wrongfully assume a poster is male. You gals have to stick together, there's only a few of ya on these here forums :D 

post #21 of 25

If British Columbia is on your possibility list you might check out Red Mountain with Rossland just down the road and Whitewater nearby. A real town with real people and lots of history with two hills full of challenge. Also easy to get to from Spokane airport.  

post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Totally missed the fact she was female.. Duh. Totally different vibe in ski towns. There's a shortage, they will be thrilled to have you. There's are some women here who do the serial house sitting thing.

This is awesome news - Montana was on my short list. I own a condo in DC and have an easy time renting it out for months at a time to hill folk, so am prepared to pay some for a long term rental. By some, I mean max $2500/month. 

But yeah, main goal is to ski some and meet some good people. There's a shortage of outdoorsy folks here in the Nation's Capitol. And, my list of ski-friends is severely limited.

Thanks so much for your thoughts!

 

Montana was on my bucket list but since i have been there all I can think about is going back. I have a couple of female friends living in Bozeman and loving it. Bridger Bowl is close, a ski bus runs from Bozeman to Big Sky daily.

 

Montana is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

 

Good luck and welcome to EpicSki, if you are looking for ski fiends..........err friends, this is the place. You're gonna like it here.  

post #23 of 25
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Happened to come across this blog entry while looking at something else that Kim Kircher wrote recently.  She and her husband work at Crystal in the PacNW.

http://kimkircher.com/2011/06/30/moving-to-a-ski-town-what-you-should-know/

Just to clarify, Kim's husband's family owns Crystal. wink.gif
post #24 of 25
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You're totally right. My work is east coast-based. Maybe Europe is a good option, so I could ski mornings and work starting at 3pm smile.gif

Verbier. It will take your skiing to a new level. Cham is just over the border, and you can dash over to Italy as well... Do a few days in andermatt if you have time and the weather is good. Hmmmmm.... Do Europe. Language, culture, skiing.... There you go. Stay in the US of you're considering relocation in a US ski town.
post #25 of 25

stowe your rent with roommate could be less than 500 a month. Heck mine is 300 a month. More money is good. Use it to go heli skiing or something afterwards. I would come mid januray and stay to mid april.  Since your only advance on the east coast I mean how could go someplace else and be less skilled. 

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