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Why Can't I Ski Every Day???

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I know it sounds like whining, but all I want to do is play. Is it asking too much to ski five days a week and work the other two?
post #2 of 24
no, get a under paid job in a ski town, ski 100+ days a year, make nothing, ski a bunch ......
post #3 of 24
Why can't you ski everyday?
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mntlion
no, get a under paid job in a ski town, ski 100+ days a year, make nothing, ski a bunch ......
What would I do with the wife and kids??
post #5 of 24
you just asked about you, not them

kids: mountain towns have schools too ....

wife: again ski towns have jobs or homes.

save for a while and do it for a winter
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by doogiedoc
I know it sounds like whining, but all I want to do is play. Is it asking too much to ski five days a week and work the other two?
You can! It just takes a little planning and a lot of work. It was my goal for a decade to be able to live in Breck with plenty of money and total freedom.

Steve
post #7 of 24
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What would I do with the wife and kids??
Well someone needs to work to pay for all this skiing...
post #8 of 24
Take a crap job during the season, and try to find work in the summer. (Maybe outside of the skitown.)

As for the kids, I think they would love to live in a ski town
post #9 of 24
How many years have you logged 45 days?
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by doogiedoc
I know it sounds like whining, but all I want to do is play. Is it asking too much to ski five days a week and work the other two?
Hmmm....starting the week after Christmas I'll be skiing five days a week and working the other two (but I'll work evenings after two of the days of skiing). I'd be doing so now, but the ski area hasn't gone to seven day operation yet

To get to such a situation, one must A) live close to skiing, and B) have a work schedule that doesn't interfere with skiing. There you go, now you know what you need to arrange to have the situation you desire, and if you set it as your number one priority, you can have it.
post #11 of 24
I ski every day. My feet hurt a bit... Put the wife and kids to work in the ski town of your choice, get a teaching job on the hill and get them passes, tax deduct the lot...
post #12 of 24
I had jobs for 5 years where I skied everyday and every one of those years I had less money in the bank at the end of the season than when it started. Even with pro deals on equipment and in the bar you still wear out a lot of stuff and manage to spend a lot of money. I don't regret a minute of it, but no matter how you do it skiing is never "free," even when you are getting paid to do it. It is there if you are willing to pay the costs. If that's what you want then quit whining and go do it, just be prepared to pay the price.
post #13 of 24
I don't know why. I too am being selfish right now and only care why I can't ski TODAY. Jane and I are ice skating instead. bleargh.
post #14 of 24
I can ski everyday and don't : Once you can you don't It's surprising how little folks in ski towns ski, generally, considering the opportunities. There are exceptions like folks who work on the hill and the folks who've made sacrafices to come skiing for a season or two or ...

But to move to a ski town you need to do a few things ...
  • Live in a high value property area so you can trade-down to a house in the mountains
    OR have a big buck job where you can afford to buy a second home in the mountains
  • Save for all your worth so that when you move to the mountains the evaporated income stream isn't such a tough hit - ideally have enough for (very) early retirement
    AND/OR line up a part-time consulting gig
    AND/OR send the wife out to work and learn to do the housekeeping
  • Get beater vehicles - it really isn't worth the hastle of trying to take care of 'nice' wheels
  • Don't have kids - they seem to be a black hole financially
  • Get a dog or two - it's nice to have company while the wife is at work
  • Stay healthy 'cause you won't be able to afford health insurance
  • Get some duct tape and start to apply to your ski gear 'cause your stuff isn't going to be replaced when it's worn out/broken
  • Learn to relax and only ski on 'good' days - take up snowshoeing, back country skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, snow shovelling, ...
None of the above seems to pertain to Salt Lake City and, arguably, Reno.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by TruckeeLocal
...None of the above seems to pertain to Salt Lake City and, arguably, Reno.
Not necessarily true even for SLC/Reno. You still have to choose to:

- Work a career in the city where most careers are 9-5, 5 days week. Then you don't end up with the ski days desired.
- Work a more skier friendly job that often isn't a career. Then you end having to do what Truckee says.

The best you can hope for is to have a career with a cool work environment that allows for frequent mornings/afternoons off when conditions warrant. Fortunately for me, I lucked into just that kind of environment:

Powdr
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by doogiedoc
What would I do with the wife and kids??
Put 'em to work so you can ski. How simple is that?
post #17 of 24
Last season I rode up the Big Burn chair at Snowmass with a guy who ran a consulting business of some sort where he could schedule his appointments in advance. He skied in a uniform one day a week as an information guide and data reporter, asking folks what they thought of Snowmass and then filing a report each day on comments he heard. For that he got a pass for himself and his wife and kids that they used on weekends and holidays. So he got to ski three days a week at no expense to him other than gear and he made his winter appointments for the other four weekdays.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by TruckeeLocal
Get a dog or two - it's nice to have company while the wife is at work
Classic!
post #19 of 24
When I was nearly killed by a run-a-way semi truck I changed my way of thinking a bit.

Look at it this way....I think the life expectancy for an average male in the US is about (what) 76 ? (Now I am sure some Wizard will correct me here)

If you took one season off and just went skiing, that would only be only 1/2 of 1% of your life. If you manage to kick the bucket early (sorry) it raises the % of your life that you were able to ski ! Kind of a no-brainer, isn't it ?
post #20 of 24
doggiedoc,

In conducting our early season mandatory training for the staff at Copper we have been focusing on the teaching process instead of our normal ski improvement theme-we'll hit that after the New Year.

As we prepare for our first lift ride of the day we ask the group to be ready to share with their peers how they got into the sport and teaching in particular along with what teaching gives back to them. Uniformly we see a joy in sharing and deep love of the sport (passion is so overused). With the career instructors I keep coming back to this answer:

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
post #21 of 24
Robert Frost, New Hampshire (1923)
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by slider
How many years have you logged 45 days?
Most of the past 25 years. I've never tried crack, but skiing seems sort of like what that must be like...I just always want a little MORE!
post #23 of 24
It's great fun to live in a ski town -- you won't want more b/c you know you can get it any time. Personally, I'm trying to cut down...
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by TruckeeTime
It's great fun to live in a ski town -- you won't want more b/c you know you can get it any time. Personally, I'm trying to cut down...
Yep, let's rub it in. I didn't ski today 'cause the weather looked grotty. Some folks pay full price to ski conditions like today :
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