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Funding the Ski Habit

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
So how do you fund your ski habit?

I was thinking about this last night as I dragged another pot at PartyPoker.com.

How many other people rely on other means of income to feed the ski habit? My job is good, but between that and my sunshine hungry wife, I can only get one week out west a year. Well that really doesn't work all that well for me so I had to supplement my income and thanks to the recent poker boom, this year I have already completely funded my December trip to Utah, which now includes one day of Heli-skiing, Kicking Horse in March is almost funded and I got all new equipment for this season.

All this started with a measly $25 "investment" last April. So as long as online poker stays legal and they continue to broadcast on main stream TV, I should be able to get my 15-20 days out west a season. If things go real well, I will send the wife and kid to Disney World next August and I'll head down south for summer turns!

So how do you go above and beyond to feed the ski habit?
post #2 of 30
Wow, are you lucky. One "habit" feeds another. If I tried that(poker) I'd never see the slopes.
post #3 of 30
Ditto, SLATZ.

Jeff ski patrols for a free family pass. Sold cars, cats, and kids in the past to finance ski trips.

Nothing left to sell, so staying home this year.
post #4 of 30
Same for me. If I were to try my luck...well, better not.
That's why I'm limited to 10-15 days a season, between the house mortgage, school and sports for the kids, and others amenities as clothing and travel to and fro work, my pay is all used up...
post #5 of 30
Joined a ski club. $42 for accomodation Saturday and Sunday (with meals). Lift tickets $35.00 after discount. Car pool up and saves gas.
post #6 of 30
Work hard, save, and hunt deals for 9 months a year, take off and ski for 3 months.

Been working well for me.
post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 
I like Xdogs strategy. I need to figure out how I dan get 3 months off a year. I have been computer consulting, but the rates have been so low that I cant take time off.
post #8 of 30
Obviously it helps if you live near a ski area -- no additional cost for airfare or lodging. Plus good deals for equipment at local stores.

I started skiing last season after moving to Denver and loved it -- got about 40 ski-days in. With prices for lodging, daily lift tickets, and everything else being what they are, don't know if I could afford many trips to a ski resort/area if I didn't live here.
post #9 of 30
Ditto working at a ski area. I started teaching skiing because I couldn't afford it as a high school and college student. Teaching on the weekends when I entered the working world payed for a cheap share of a seasonal rental, expenses, some equipment and discounted food, as well as provided for free family passes and pro deals.

Ski trips are funded by the 9-5. Usually one week at a PSIA event in December and 3-5 days on another trip either out west or up north. This season is no different. I'll be doing a week in December at Kmart (Killington) and 2 days at Silverton folled immediately by 2 days at Telluride. My frequent flyer miles will cover the airline portion.

If I don't teach this year, I'll end up spending a few hundred bucks on lift tickets and not have the approx $1k that I made each year teaching on the weekends. So it's going to cost me about $1500 in additonal expenses and lost income.
post #10 of 30
I used to teach to support the habit, but now I work sales and demos for Salomon. The problem is that I still spend far more than I make even with deep discounts. Case in point, I just bought 214 world cup downhill skis which I needed like another hole in my head. I had better up my medical plan.
post #11 of 30
I work at a ski area. If I didn't live near a ski area I wouldn't be able to ski. As it is with discounts on equipment and lift tickets at other areas I spend about $1000 a year.
post #12 of 30
I work my *ss off, drive an older car and sacrifice some social life. My car may be 17 years old and I haven't been to a club or movie theater in about two years, but I have three pairs of skis that are less than a year old, a Rockies passport for unlimited access to 6 resorts and get 50+ days in a season so I'm happy.
post #13 of 30
I am a ski writer, which reduces the travel costs significantly, plus I can write off my expenses. I also am married to a ski patroller, which gets me a free season pass at Jay Peak. We never pay full price for any gear or clothing--ski swaps and pre-season/post-season sales for me and the kids, and pro deals for my husband. Some shops will give me a pro deal as well.

You need to ditch the wife who's top priority is NOT skiing.
post #14 of 30
Thread Starter 
My wife will just have to either get on board or just get over it. My 3yo takes to the slopes this year and she is so excited. It also helps that her favorite show is Rocket Power. Its so funny to watch her run around the room trying to do 360's when that cartoon is on. My wife knows shes in for it.

Plus its all in the details, this year my sister-in-law is coming, which may sound like a bummer, but that will work out for me because she can hang with her while I go ski. Plus its free babysitting!!!!!

Plus she cant complain, its funded by my poker habit, which includes a day at the Spa for her.
post #15 of 30
You are a smart guy mrryde.

I live in Colorado, no travel expense, passes are cheap, my clothing is old. Heck we spend less money when we go skiing than when we stay home and try and find other things to do.
post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by Bonni
Ditto, SLATZ.

Jeff ski patrols for a free family pass. Sold cars, cats, and kids in the past to finance ski trips.

Nothing left to sell, so staying home this year.
Sell Jeff!:

Rent rooms in exchange for lift tickets and a few $$$. You're not far from Bromley, Magic, Stratton, Okemo, Jiminey, Bousquet... Tell people there IS no maid service, if the room isn't as clean or cleaner than they found it there will be a $25 cleaning charge. Have them bring their own linens too.
(Of course this rental fee doesn't include me!---maybe a ticket now and then though )
post #17 of 30
I rarely buy anything at regular retail prices, pack a lunch on the hill, shop the internet for airfare/lodging/lift ticket deals.

Also - I spend less than I earn the rest of the year.
post #18 of 30
How do I afford my snowsports habit?

1) no kids, no hubby

2) live in a ski state

3) be a faculty member at the local institution of higher learning and have a boss who skis = 22 days vacation, academic discounts off already cheap local passes(for friends), a boss who understands that the fresh powder can override that days DNA/RNA/protein experiments, 40+ days riding, mid-week riding

4) live cheap = stay in hostel, camp in car, stay at friends condo's

5) Be a certified PSIA/AASI instructor at your local ski hill + be courteous and helpful to your co-workers, boss, & fellow professionals at other ski areas + be willing to be that extra effort employee = free riding/skiing at home mountain, almost free riding/skiing statewide, free tickets to give to friends, gas money, free empoyee shuttle to ski area, free food, free beer, pro deals, free lessons, free lessons at other resorts-not including instructor tip, employee discounts at your home mountain and sometimes other resorts, tips on where the best powder can be found that day at other resorts by fellow professionals (and hey if they don't get a class they'll take you there), and BEST OF ALL - A WONDERFUL GROUP OF PEOPLE TO KNOW AND GO RIDING/SKIING WITH.

6) Know what your priorities in life are - I love the mental challenges of hard core science but I also love riding my snowboard down steep slopes covered in fresh deep fluffy powder. :

Think snow
post #19 of 30
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Originally Posted by teachskiljp
Sell Jeff!:

Rent rooms in exchange for lift tickets and a few $$$. You're not far from Bromley, Magic, Stratton, Okemo, Jiminey, Bousquet... Tell people there IS no maid service, if the room isn't as clean or cleaner than they found it there will be a $25 cleaning charge. Have them bring their own linens too.
(Of course this rental fee doesn't include me!---maybe a ticket now and then though )
What do you suppose I could get for him?

He's fairly well used, but not used up. He's fairly handy, but the old gray mule, he ain't what he used to be. He's starting to learn about lowering the toilet seat, but there are still midnight surprises. He's cute, though, and he brings me Lindt chocolates without my asking, and tells me he loves me every night.:

On second thought, I think I'll keep him.

Wanna buy some CATS?????

Friends are always welcome to stay free. Bears are welcome to stay also, but if they are annoying, the fee is doubled and they'll clean the catbox as well.
post #20 of 30
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Originally Posted by Bonni
What do you suppose I could get for him?
I believe this belongs in the buy/sell/swap forum, or possibly the (Used) gear review area. Please use the review form provided:
post #21 of 30
I tie-in sales calls to ski areas and take clients skiing. I am having a garage sale this weekend, selling Atomic 10:20's, Dynstar Speedcarves and two helmets. Hopefully this will pay for half of my new skis I bought last month!
post #22 of 30
I'm a ski pro in the winter and a marketing rep for the resorts in the fall. As far as getting out west, well I try to lead a trip for the ski club every year or so. Whatever they'll let me do. Being trip leader means anywhere from a partial to full comp on the trip.

Oh yeah... no kids or spouse also helps a bit.

I do something very similar in order to scuba dive too. Can you believe I still find time for a Mon.- Fri. boring day job that pays for the mortgage and car.
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by teachskiljp
---maybe a ticket now and then though )
SSH!! Bryan might hear ya!:
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by skier_j
SSH!! Bryan might hear ya!:
No, No, No...I'd be the one giving the tickets, not you! I, of course would offer each and every time I went to Bousquet
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by Bonni
What do you suppose I could get for him?

I'll send you a formula so you can calculate his worth!

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Friends are always welcome to stay free. Bears are welcome to stay also, but if they are annoying, the fee is doubled and they'll clean the catbox as well.
Hmm.. So where do I fall into this...You already told me I was annoying
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Originally Posted by Bonni
Oh. Anything with that annoying thick Boston/NY accent bugs the shit out of me.


So I'm annoying?????
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Of course you're annoying, but in a nice way.
...maybe if I don'k speak...
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by Bonni
...... He's starting to learn about lowering the toilet seat, but there are still midnight surprises. He's cute, though, and he brings me Lindt chocolates without my asking, and tells me he loves me every night.:

On second thought, I think I'll keep him...........
There is a lesson to be learned here. Buy litttle gifts and give regular verbalizations of love, and wives will let you get away with most anything!

On the other side, a good hummer will make a husband overlook a multitude of sins.
post #27 of 30
i fund the skiing the same way as mrryde, on Party Poker at the moment. not the best choice for everyone, "its a hard way to make an easy living". but if you can play well, and can handle some downward swings in your bankroll, it works pretty nicely.

by the way, 1st post, hi everyone
post #28 of 30
Thread Starter 
Hey clif, wlecome


What limits do you play at Party? say hi if you see me, I have the same moniker over at Party
post #29 of 30
Oh I forgot to mention, I'm also a miser. That helps.
post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by mrryde
Hey clif, wlecome


What limits do you play at Party? say hi if you see me, I have the same moniker over at Party
will do. i am playing NL$25 at the moment. but i will be moving up as my current bankroll increases, so hopefully NL$50 soon.
and my playing name on there is lilmrpinkass (strange, but i thought people might give more action to a guy called lilmrpinkass).
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