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Why you should be a ski bum.

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Hi Epic Ski peeps - thought I'd share my own thoughts on this topic, with this period now 15 years behind me:

 

Why you should be a ski bum

 

As always, you can find me through chrissteiner.com or the contact page at ZRankings.

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I was a ski bum at Whistler when I was 19. Drank oceans of beer and eat tonnes of mexican food. Not a combination my girlfriend cared for too much.

When you're 19 you can do anything.

Now I drink white wine and eat lobster bisque. Thumbs up from current girlfriend.
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Great and thoughtful piece.  Nice to get your perspective only 15 years since bumming.  I'm one of those that decided to forego the post-grad ski bum experience and always kind of regretted it.  Last January I retired and became a geezer ski bum hitting the road for a 9 week ski trip and wrote about it here in a series of five posts, starting with this one:   http://www.epicski.com/a/2015-geezer-ski-bum-tour-epicski-1

I had a great time, met some wonderful folks, and scratched an itch that had been bothering me for 38 years.:D

I didn't have the energy of a 22 year old, but I had better finances, and the wisdom to patiently savor the whole experience.  Instead of longing for a girl to share it with my wife came out and joined me for a month in CO.   

It's all good!

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Good piece. I'll be graduating in December so I've been honestly considering a semi-ski bum winter after that, just a simple part-time job to cover living expenses, and spending the rest of my time skiing and taking some time off from the school/work grind. I did come to college here for the skiing and mountains in general, so it would be a shame to skip all that for a few months when I'll be working for the rest of my life. But I doubt that would get my parents' approval, and they've helped me out with the money for my entire college career.

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Great and thoughtful piece.  Nice to get your perspective only 15 since bumming.  I'm one of those that decided to forego the post-grad ski bum experience and always kind of regretted it.  Last January I retired and became a geezer ski bum hitting the road for a 9 week ski trip and wrote about it here in a series of five posts, starting with this one:   http://www.epicski.com/a/2015-geezer-ski-bum-tour-epicski-1

I had a great time, met some wonderful folks, and scratched an itch that had been bothering me for 38 years.:D

I didn't have the energy of a 22 year old, but I had better finances, and the wisdom to patiently savor the whole experience.  Instead of longing for a girl to share it with my wife came out and joined me for a month in CO.   

It's all good!

 

Slow day in the office, I took the time to read all of your posts on this trip.  I hope it is something I can do in the distant future if I ever get to retire.  Thank you for the great report and good read this morning.  Now back to reality while we have thunderstorms today in the midwest. :dunno

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Awesome story.  Thank you for sharing. 

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My youngest son wasn't engaged in college.  I told him to take a year off and go ski bum. 

He's been working at a construction company in Aspen,  doing very well and they like him a lot.

Looks like he'll go back to CSU next fall, in Construction Management,  with in state tuition.

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In my 20-s, after college, I crashed and burned in a career I'd pursued.  I unplugged, went up to Tahoe, worked as a security guard at a hotel casino, smoked weed, bought a season pass to Kirkwood never having skied before, befriended instructors who also worked in the casino showroom. learned to ski, and had the time of my life.

 

I worked swing shift giving me days free to ski. If it was a powder day I and half the staff would call in sick which was ok with management because gamblers wouldn't show either. One of the duties of security was to escort the stars.  So at some point they asked me.  Rodney Dangerfield was a really nice guy to everyone, George Carlin never looked at or talked to me or anyone else of no real station. Raquel Welsch got sloshed and had to be dragged out of the pool with her clothes on kicking and screaming.  Pablo Cruise asked me to guide them on the hill. Pro athletes never tipped anyone.  Jaclyn Smith couldn't get 5 feet away from her husband - Dennis something or other.  I dated a dealer but the casino floor manager was pressuring her to service him and transferred me to valet parking. I called on the general manager and the floor manager got transferred out, me back in.

 

The only real career thing I did that year was find my drive again and fill out grad school applications.  It was 15 months that righted my ship, taught me to ski, grew my love for the mountains year round, motivated and energized me to take on the next thing, gave me resolve to cut back my work life and move to a mountain town again later in life.  Which is what I did three years ago.

 

Being a working ski bum changed my life back then and is doing so again here and now.

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