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Family of 4 looking to be ski bums. [2016/17, parents and tween/teen kids]

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We're a family of four looking to be ski bums for the 2016/17 ski season. Few years ago we sold our house and everything in it, bought a boat and have been sailing Mexico. As much as we love cruising our kids want to do a ski bum season. My husband and I have skied our whole lives and our girls started when they were 3 and 5. I'm wondering if there's any west coast resort that offers passes for dependents for part time work. The only one I can find so far is Squaw / Alpine, just not sure if there were any others. In my 20 I was a ski bum in Breckenridge and loved every second of it. I know this time around it's going to be quite different with an 11 & 13 year old in tow. We're also looking for a resort that's more family friendly, not just packed with 20 year olds....we'd like our kids to have other kids to hang out with. We're not concerned with school systems as we homeschool. Also, anyone know of a family who ski bums? And maybe blogs about it? Just curious, I've yet to find one. Cheers!

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We're a family of four looking to be ski bums for the 2016/17 ski season. Few years ago we sold our house and everything in it, bought a boat and have been sailing Mexico. As much as we love cruising our kids want to do a ski bum season. My husband and I have skied our whole lives and our girls started when they were 3 and 5. I'm wondering if there's any west coast resort that offers passes for dependents for part time work. The only one I can find so far is Squaw / Alpine, just not sure if there were any others. In my 20 I was a ski bum in Breckenridge and loved every second of it. I know this time around it's going to be quite different with an 11 & 13 year old in tow. We're also looking for a resort that's more family friendly, not just packed with 20 year olds....we'd like our kids to have other kids to hang out with. We're not concerned with school systems as we homeschool. Also, anyone know of a family who ski bums? And maybe blogs about it? Just curious, I've yet to find one. Cheers!


Welcome to EpicSki!  I've read a few blogs about families traveling the world with tweens and younger who had a great time.  My father was a professor who taught during sabbaticals when I was growing up, so I spent a fair amount of time traveling and living abroad with my family.  Didn't appreciate what I got out of the experience as a tween until college.  Parents didn't ski and neither did I until middle school so that wasn't part of the deal.  You have very lucky kids!  Do you have a blog about your family's travels?

 

I know you said "west coast" but the place that pops into my head is Bozeman, MT.  Know someone who retired to Big Sky.  They are grandparents who host their kids and grandkids as often as possible.  Bridger is a great place that is mainly for locals.  Bozeman is a university town.

 

The Ogden Valley with Snowbasin and Powder Mountain is another thought.

 

Let's see what @sibhusky has to say about her area.

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I saw the thread, but I am not sure if you can get family passes anymore for working. I know you get your own pass, and a while back a friend got her husband a pass, but not sure if that still happens. Pretty sure it would have to be full time, but maybe not the first year?

Being Montana, there's a ton of homeschooled kids, who seem to be up on the mountain every day all season.

Clearly things are cheaper here than Big Sky. And our actual town is closer than Bozeman is to Big Sky. Being as we're not that close to a university, the 20 year olds are probably lower. But it's also a ski bum town, so there's non-college 20 year olds, but mostly on weekends.
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Checked out Big Sky and according to their website not even part time employees get a free pass....you have to work full time. Only resort I've seen do this. I don't doubt its a great place for families to be. Squaw Valley seems to have the best deal going.

@marznc our website is www.sv-terrapin.com. This has been an amazing experience for all of us. I have our girls write in a daily journal with the hopes that 20 years from now they'll be able to reflect on how lucky they really are.....hearing me say it doesn't always register.
post #5 of 13
Perks at Whitefish:


Ski, Ride, and Live the Fish

Winter Benefits
Seasonal lift pass privileges (*if you have previously purchased a pass for the season for which you are hired we will refund the price of the pass)
Group ski/board lessons
Discounts on Mountain programs
Discounts at WMR and Mountain Business Partners
Employee recognition programs
Ski/Snowboard Exchange Programs
SNOW Bus: Free transportation from Whitefish
Direct Deposit
Discounted Health Club Membership

Summer Benefits
Seasonal lift pass privileges (*if you have previously purchased a pass for the season for which you are hired we will refund the price of the pass)
Discounts on Mountain programs
Discounts at WMR and Mountain Business Partners
Employee recognition programs
Direct Deposit
Discounted Health Club Membership

My daughter has always had a pass for part time winter work.
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Checked out Big Sky and according to their website not even part time employees get a free pass....you have to work full time. Only resort I've seen do this. I don't doubt its a great place for families to be. Squaw Valley seems to have the best deal going.

@marznc our website is www.sv-terrapin.com. This has been an amazing experience for all of us. I have our girls write in a daily journal with the hopes that 20 years from now they'll be able to reflect on how lucky they really are.....hearing me say it doesn't always register.


I was thinking much more about living in Bozeman and having a season pass at Bridger, not Big Sky.  Bridger is a non-profit and not a resort.  But not small either given there is 2000+ acres.  Big Sky is about an hour away.  When I plan a ski trip to Big Sky, I include a few days at Bridger.

 

My mother made me keep a journal when we spent the summer in Europe when I was 11.  She created a custom made book after learning book binding back in the days when the only writing aid was a typewriter.  I did find it an interesting read after college.  The unusual part of that trip was driving through eastern Europe at at time that few Western tourists went to those countries even on packaged tours.  We visited with people my father knew from being a professor involved with an international journal.

 

Not sure this is the same blog I found before, but here is a blog by a family with two boys who've been traveling the world for a few years.

 

http://worldtravelfamily.com/category/travel/one-year-of-non-stop-family-travel/

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The thing is, Marznc, they specifically mentioned not packed with 20 year olds, and that's the local hill for the university. My daughter even had classes there.
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The thing is, Marznc, they specifically mentioned not packed with 20 year olds, and that's the local hill for the university. My daughter even had classes there.


Good point.  The instructor I like to work with at Bridger teaches a couple of the college ski classes.

 

I've mostly been at Bridger midweek, so relatively few teens or young adults around.  The one Sat I've skied at Bridger there were lots of families with younger kids who were in the race program.  The lodge was packed.  So I have an impression of Bridger as a family friendly ski area.

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Check out Steamboat, CO. http://www.steamboat.com/steamboat-life/employment/benefits.aspx

 Not sure what employee benefits are, but the town of Steamboat Springs has a tremendous family atmosphere with a real small town feel quite distinct from the large nearby ski resort.

post #10 of 13
Aspen Ski Co offers a family pass for full timers.
Great schools that have a chair lift up to Highlands.
The boat will seem spacious compared to the apartment you'll be able to find in town.
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I have heard Big Sky gives public school students passes for free.
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I have heard Big Sky gives public school students passes for free.

Can't imagine that's every grade. Here it's just for fifth graders. And I'm not sure about kids that are homeschooled. If I recall, the fifth grade teachers provide a list of names to the resort. As I Google things, this fifth grade thing seems to be at many resorts throughout the Rockies, especially the northwest.
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I know I've read info for how homeschoolers can get a "passport" good for free skiing in at least one state.  Might have been Colorado, or maybe Utah.  Those programs are usually for 4th, 5th, and/or 6th graders in ski country.

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