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best town for a ski bum?

post #1 of 76
Thread Starter 
hey everyone, this is my first post.

I am taking a year off between college and grad school and was wondering what is the best ski town? I am looking for great skiing, but would also love a great town, good for partying, etc...

I have been told whislter is awesome. I am from the states, but would definitely consider there, and it is probably #1 for me. I have also been told steamboat is awesome.

What does everyone think and what are your suggestions?
post #2 of 76
In keeping with my belief in not advertising best-kept secrets, no comment...and don't come here, it's awful...
post #3 of 76
This kind of question will always stir a debate. It depends on what you want. If you want access to a number of resorts, then look at:

Salt Lake City
Summit County CO
Lake Tahoe (probably south shore with Heavenly and Kirkwood), but Northshore isn't bad either

If you want the small town atmosphere, then how about:
Jackson, WY
Steamboat, CO
Telluride (with access to Wolf Creek and Durango)

Personally, I'd go with Tahoe.
post #4 of 76
Vail perhaps?
post #5 of 76
stbomb15,

I am doing the same thing this winter....except I am taking a break between my Masters and getting a Job. I am definatly due for a break after 6 years of college.

I have skied summit county many times and like the area but I have narrowed it down to two locations: Jackson or the SLC/Sandy Utah area (basically 10-15 min from alta/snowbird).

Both have their advantages/disadvantages. The town of Jackson is awsome with great nightlife but it is very expensive and housing is tough to come by.

Sandy/SLC is not really a ski town but housing/job will be easy to find and your are within a short drive of (in my opinion) the pest powder skiing/steeps combination in the US in alta/snowbird.

For me its more about the skiing than the partying. As of now I am leaning toward SLC just b/c I have cousins/friends that live in the area.

I would also be curious to see others opinions on the matter.

I have never skied Telluride but after skiing steamboat I believe I would be bored skiing there for an entire season...very little steep terrain and not nearly the snow fall of JH or Alta/Snowbird
post #6 of 76

The Problem with Ski Bumming

If you do it right, you will be skiing just about every day, which means you need a mountain or mountains that will keep you interested. That's not as easy as it sounds. Pick the mountain you would most like to ski and then imagine doing it everyday all winter. Do you need more? Perhaps Summit County with a cheap pass to several areas. Aspen or Vail also give you several choices everyday. If you are only going to ski one mountain and you can work out a job that lets you ski a lot you better go big like Jackson or Whistler. Is backcounty a factor? Real ski bums never overlook free skiing.

I like Jackson with Targee close by, top shelf backcountry access, and a real ski town atmosphere. Don't overlook Canada. The living is cheap and Nelson, BC gives you Whitewater, Red Mountain, and basically legal pot. Kicking Horse with Rogers Pass just up the road also could make for a nice winter, eh?

Salt Lake City gives you by far the best skiing on the planet, and lots of it, but you lose the small town ski community element that makes bumming a life style. How cool is it to be a local in SLC? But if you want the most powder that is your logical choice.

I think there is something about being able to walk to the lift in the morning that makes you feel like a real ski bum, so my preference is a town that is not too big. Plus you can still ski if you forget where you parked your car.
post #7 of 76
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Vail perhaps?
Fail? No way man. Too many posers.
post #8 of 76
breck
post #9 of 76
are you planning to work at a shop or a resort or in town.
best job to have, groomer. You finish as the lifts are opening, then you can catch first tracks. ski all day work all night. Oh add snowmaking here as well. Work 12 off 12.
Bartender,food server, if you can get a night shift.(these go to returning emps, in most cases). Ski Rental, you get ski tiem, but after the morning rush, and then you have to work the afternoon rush
Ski instructor, no good, ya sure your on skis all day every day, but your teaching , thus cant really enjoy it.
Ski Patrol, lift ops, same thing here, ya sure you are on skis but your also on the clock. Yes you do get some skiing in( i always gto an hr every day to go skiing)
Now you have to decide if you want to have roomates and live in said ski twon, and have no privacy to bring your date home. Or do you want to live alone in said ski twon, work 3 jobs to pay rent, and have no time to party.
SLC is a great choice, 7 resorts withn 45 minutes, with uta going to the cottonwoods.
If your work for resors in PC, you can carpool, or employee bus
And just remeber don't expect to get a job at the top of the ladder your first year.
I did the ski bummin thing 15 years. And i do not regret it at all.( like you i was only going to do it one season) I gave it all up, after realizing i needed a year round steady income.
Not trying to bring you down, Just wanted to give you a few facts. I wish every one one had a chance to ski bum a year. It's worth the memories/ expreance.
Best of luck in your endever.
Oh if you want to do it this year, now is the the time to start looking. Most resort have on line apps.
post #10 of 76
Thread Starter 

yeah

Thanks everyone.

To answer a couple ?'s. I think I would have roommates, I think I want to work in a bar. First their pay is better, secondly I will meet a lot of people doing that. be able to booz for free on my nights off and possibly while on the job. Obviously the best part is I will be able to ski during the day.

Thanks for the suggestions, but has anyone done this in Whistler? I have not heard a bad thing about the place. I hear the town is great, and there are people from all over.

I am really starting to get interested in whistler.
post #11 of 76
Tell you what, I can save you the trouble of taking a year off:

Find someone who owns two homes. Give them about $1800 (first/last/deposit) and tell them to hang on to it for about six months. Then if they feel like it have them give some back.

Then go to your favorite ski shop. Have an in-depth conversation discussing sidecuts and torsional stiffness. Attempt to barter with the tech to get a free pair of skis. End the conversation by asking for a locals discount.

Gather your friends and head to the bar. Make sure everyone wears trucker hats and figures out how to use the word "bro" in every sentence. Drink the same beer as everyone else - beer conformity is important. Get really drunk and find the one hot girl in the bar. Spend the rest of the night talking about her without approaching her.

End the night by getting really stoned and discussing why you had a bigger powder day than your friends.

The next day, wake up early to ski. Then realize "your" stash will still be there at noon, and fall back asleep.

Skip work. Explain to everyone why your boss is an ******* for yelling at you.

Wash, rinse, repeat.
post #12 of 76
Couldn't tell your gender from your name. But the thing to remember about Sl, I mean Summit County and Jackson is 20 to 1. Men to women that is.
post #13 of 76
Thread Starter 
I'm a guy, so screw that. That is is pretty horrible. I know they are all going to have more guys than girls, but that ratio won't cut the cheese.
post #14 of 76
I agree with what some others have said about SLC, thats just living in a big city with some resorts nearby. I don't think you could get the full on ski bum vibe living there.

And about Whistler, I think you'd have a hard time finding work there if you are an american.

I'd look somewhere like Mammoth, Tahoe, Crested Butte, Big Mountain, BigSky/Moonlight Basin or Targhee/Jackson. If you're gonna do it, do it right.
post #15 of 76
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Originally Posted by lennyblake
Couldn't tell your gender from your name. But the thing to remember about Sl, I mean Summit County and Jackson is 20 to 1. Men to women that is.
I have a friend whose 2 sons moved to Breck last season and got good jobs, love the town and the access to close by mountains. They say the lack of available young ladies is a big drawback though.
post #16 of 76
If you have game, you don't have to worry about the lack of ladies. There are plenty out there for the takin'.
post #17 of 76
Aspen has the best singles scene in the US and the best skiing in Colorado.
post #18 of 76
I still believe SLC has the best choice of jobs, women and housing, in addition to skiing. It won't be "on the hill, ski/in out" situation, but you still can bum it by working at night and ski during the day. A little driving will not kill you.

Whistler is fine, but the choice of jobs and housing will be much restricted.
post #19 of 76
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zion zig zag
And about Whistler, I think you'd have a hard time finding work there if you are an american.
Never heard that, why?
post #20 of 76
The Reno\Tahoe area would be perfect. It's Nevada, so you have the options of working in casinos or bars, both being prime night-hour jobs. Plus you have 18 ski resorts within two hour's drive. You've got Stateline, Reno, and Carson City to choose from. Plus you'll have a better male-to-female ratio with the large amount of tourism the area attracts.
post #21 of 76
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Originally Posted by stbomb15
Never heard that, why?
We Americans aren't the most popular peoples outside our borders these days. Thanks George!
post #22 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by stbomb15
Never heard that, why?
Last i heard it is almost impossible to get a work visa if you are american.
post #23 of 76
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Originally Posted by Forrester
The Reno\Tahoe area would be perfect. It's Nevada, so you have the options of working in casinos or bars, both being prime night-hour jobs. Plus you have 18 ski resorts within two hour's drive. You've got Stateline, Reno, and Carson City to choose from. Plus you'll have a better male-to-female ratio with the large amount of tourism the area attracts.
I regret never having been a ski bum for at least a year. If I was going to be a ski bum it would be the Reno/Tahoe area because there is more available work than some remote mtn town, some great skiing at a variety of areas and a better ratio of males to females. SLC is the other possibility.
post #24 of 76
Thread Starter 
why is it so hard to get a work visa for over there? I know this sounds ignorant, but I didn't know that.

I know a lot of people don't like us, but I didn't know canadians were one of them.

I know we have open borders, but that doesn't mean I can work over there?
post #25 of 76
Stick with your intuition ...Whistler.

It's international.
It's huge.
It's young.
post #26 of 76
Thread Starter 

ok

well, I am going with a friend that won't be skiing much... Which really doesn't bother me at all. So we want a good ski town with great night life.

Tahoe and SLC don't appeal to me that much because they aren't necessarily ski towns.

What about Breck? Does anyone know about Breck and Steamboats towns?
post #27 of 76
Breck is a real (Victorian-style) town (although "upgraded" over the past few years with more shopping downtown). Lots 'o nightlife. And easy shuttle access to the rest of Summit County and Vail.

Steamboat is also a real town (western-style). It has its share of bars and restaurants, but isn't as "wild" as Breck. More "down home" feel. Both very nice in their own way. There is a lot more to ski around Breck, though. From Steamboat, it's a bit of a drive to any other ski area.
post #28 of 76

Tahoe isn't a ski town

Tahoe is an area, a lake actually. There are towns within the Tahoe region which most certainly are ski towns during the winter. With plenty of ski bums : Like Truckee, Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach, Incline Village : Then there's Kirkwood and Mammoth Lakes (and June Lakes) which are away from anything but a single ski area. Reno is another alternative given that it's a larger town close to ski areas, similar to Salt Lake City vs Park City (there's no town in Little Cottonwood Canyon by the way).
post #29 of 76
Thread Starter 
So breck probably has the best nightlife in Colorado?
post #30 of 76

Expand your horizons

Garmisch-Partenkirken They don't call it Alpine for nothing. The beer is better then just about anywhere else. The women can be quite friendly. Amsterdam is a trian ride away.
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