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The Importance of Your Ski Town Ski Bum

post #1 of 8
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As this article says, Ski Bums hit your ski town for the skiing and snowboarding but they stick around as your bartender, waitress, ski instructor and lift operator.  

If cost of living tips the scale to a point that the ski bum can't afford to live in a ski town, how will it change the over all experience in the ski town? 

Why the Death of the Ski Bum Will Ruin Ski Towns

post #2 of 8

Nah resorts or travel companies will find a way of marketing the "ski bum experience" and getting kids funded by the Bank of Mum & Dad to pay for the right to bump chairs or bus tables.  

 

I'm only being half facetious when you see the price that entry level instructor training courses are marketed at in the UK. 

post #3 of 8

That is the thing about the free market. If the expenses are too much for workers to live there, then the town will decline as they can't maintain the customer service that is required or the resorts will pay more so people can live there so they can maintain the status quo. Also people can share apartments and party less to help reduce the cost of living. The success of a place can spell it's doom if things don't find an equilibrium. Then again there have been plenty of housing crashes around the country after bubbles pop.

post #4 of 8

We live in an age of Extreme Helicopter Parents. Many kids are so controlled by their parents

that they lose part of themselves. their free spirit, the desire to roam and experiment. Not only will the high cost 

of living will cut down on ski bumming. Our high schools have become more obsessed with getting kids to college.

Kids only play one sport, obsess about their GPA, etc.............many have become boring, one dimensional, and of course

taken over by technology. 

post #5 of 8

They've been predicting the demise of the ski bums for decades.  Still hasn't happened yet.

 

I think Aspen's done a pretty good job with affordable housing and a good mass transit system. 

 

 

The biggest change I've seen was from the INS cracking down on visas.

 

In the 80's there were lots of Euro ski bums that would come over.  Cram a eight people into a 2bdrm apartment,  wash dishes and ski/party as much as they could. 

 

Now they have been replaced by Hispanic families that cram eight people into a 2bdrm, wash dishes and send as much money as they can, home to Mexico/Central America.

 

Not bad by any means, just different.

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They've been predicting the demise of the ski bums for decades.  Still hasn't happened yet.

 

I think Aspen's done a pretty good job with affordable housing and a good mass transit system. 

 

 

The biggest change I've seen was from the INS cracking down on visas.

 

In the 80's there were lots of Euro ski bums that would come over.  Cram a eight people into a 2bdrm apartment,  wash dishes and ski/party as much as they could. 

 

Now they have been replaced by Hispanic families that cram eight people into a 2bdrm, wash dishes and send as much money as they can, home to Mexico/Central America.

 

Not bad by any means, just different.

 

 

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

They've been predicting the demise of the ski bums for decades.  Still hasn't happened yet.

 

I think Aspen's done a pretty good job with affordable housing and a good mass transit system. 

 

 

The biggest change I've seen was from the INS cracking down on visas.

 

In the 80's there were lots of Euro ski bums that would come over.  Cram a eight people into a 2bdrm apartment,  wash dishes and ski/party as much as they could. 

 

Now they have been replaced by Hispanic families that cram eight people into a 2bdrm, wash dishes and send as much money as they can, home to Mexico/Central America.

 

Not bad by any means, just different.

this is what happened in my town,the influx of cheap labor helped businesses that use cheap labor, but the effect was  high demand for housing with rents out of sight and purchasing a home a day dream.the community can't keep nurses, firemen. police officers, teachers - ect.  It is a different place, and not good for our community. 

post #8 of 8

Not to date myself too much here .... but, this has always been the MO of ski resorts.  In 1982, myself and 5 friends were headed to Whistler for a year of ski bumming.  It was going to take all 6 for us to be able to afford housing.  One guy's dad had a heart attack, another guy broke up with his girlfriend and it became a case of "they all rolled over and one fell out."  The last 2 of us left just couldn't swing the cost of living, so we jumped straight into our careers instead of taking a year to ski bum.  I regret that decision to this day.  I should have gone with the guys whose GF dumped him!

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