Be any kind of local. Pick one.
1) After years of hard and persistent work, you are finally known by your first name by two or three apres spots at the base area, until those "local" bartenders drift off to the next town. Congratulations on good "brand management."
2) You are the most dependable (and oldest) busboy at the local greasy spoon...dependable until the "powder flu" strikes, that is. Get well soon.
3) You actually have a salaried position in the industry, anywhere from from front office to C-suite to middle management. Well done!
4) You attend parent-teacher conferences in your ski clothes, leave your boards in the bike rack, and don't figure out which child the teacher is talking about until s/he mentions the other parent's name. Good job planting roots. After all, it takes a community...
5) The ski shop techs know you by base wear patterns, and that you can't be bothered to tune your own. They do yours first because they know you'll be back soon and like your "tips." Way to keep the economy "core."
6) You live and work in a ski town, have for years, maybe your parents did, too, and you don't even ski. Don't care to. It has little to do with the town *you* live in. Thanks for teaching, keeping the library open, ready to respond to fire/emergencies, and selling homes to the new tax base. We couldn't do it without you.
7) You and four like-minded friends have a regular table at a true locals' bar, not at the base area, and talk about how your town has gone to crap. I know, it is so not what it used to be, dude.
8) You work when you have to, ski when you can, and love living in the mountains and share that lifestyle when you can, and you enjoy summer up there, too. Enjoy!
And of course...
Originally Posted by tromano
The people who paid $1000s to go there are tourists. The people who would rather be anywhere else are locals.
the grass is always greener.... I for one can't wait to move back to the *real* world...after next ski season, that is