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post #31 of 68
1) live close to a hill
2) have kids that like to ski, so you can get up more often and be spending time with them as well.
3) have a flexible job
4) take ski vacations
5) ski nights if possible
6) take a long ski lunch break
7) telecommute, so that your hours are more flexible.

If you ski every weekend from Dec 1 to April 1, that is around 18 weekends, so 36 days right there. Even with days off here and there, 30 days is relatively easy to do. Throw in a couple of weeks of skiing (at 6 days per week) and you are up to 38 days. Take a few weekends off that were crappy, throw in a few midweek days, get a trip in out West in the late spring, and you could be up to 50 days very easily. Those of us that live close to a ski area that stays open through May and are willing to ski late (A-basin, Tahoe areas, Whistler, Mammoth, or hike-to) and you can rack up the days all year.

If I ever open up my own business, I hope to be close enough to the hill to continue skiing on my lunch break. Even if it is only a 2-hour ski session, it is a nice way to spend a lunch.
post #32 of 68
Agree with Dawg - if it's a priority and the hill is close + conditions allow, getting 30+ is pretty easy. For my family, it is the #1 thing we like to do in the winter and we even compromise a bit on summer vacations to allow for more focus on skiing in winter. I average 40+ days (full days) on the slopes with weekends + targeted vacation time.
post #33 of 68
This year-102 so far more to come. average over the last 15 years more like 80-90 days. I work a lot in the summers, usually country clubs ect... and bank as much money as possible. I buy essentials (couple passes, new skis) and pay bills throughout the winter and right about now start thinking about work again (still have a months savings left).

I am able to do this only because I don't spend a lot of money. No kids, cheap rent, cook my own food ect.... The most important thing is the car, this is where I save the most as I drive a cheap little civic that gets 40+ mpg. I'll admit this is getting a little old, and I may just break down and get a normal job as I'm sick of never getting ahead.
post #34 of 68
Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

also those of you who dont ski unless its 'quailtiy conditions probably are lacking in technique some way.
We're all lacking in technique in some way - even Bode.

The point's valid. The more varied conditions you expose yourself to, the more solid and all-round your technique will be.

Still, skiing ice may be "good for you", but it sucks.
post #35 of 68
Im a Tug Boat Captain. I work 3 weeks on and 3 weeks off so i have time to hit the slopes when i am off the boat. I dont ski weekends so i will only manage about 40 days this year.
post #36 of 68
AFSCME and priorities got me close to 50 days this season. I would double that if I lived in the mountains.
post #37 of 68
Living close to ski hills, especially those with longer seasons is the way to make it happen. I'll ski 30-40 days and I would ski much more if it weren't becoming difficult to find people to ski with. I'm envious of those who have found spouses as into skiing as the Epic group is
post #38 of 68
When I had a full time job and didn't live in the mountains, I managed 40 days by taking two weeks off at Christmas and one trip out West at the tail of the season. We owned a condo at a ski area in PA and drove up EVERY weekend on Friday night. A LOT of housework did NOT happen in the winter!!!

Now that I live off my husband's generosity and am 16 minutes from the hill, it's a piece of cake to rack up the days. Now, if only they hadn't shortened the season on us this year!!!! (Opened two weeks later because early openings aren't profitable.)
post #39 of 68
Sheer love of the sport and the nations only all-year round skiing = 80 .
post #40 of 68
My question is how does anyone in summit county or SLC manage to hold down a job. One powder day at Alta I overheard a neurosurgeon talking on his cell phone, making excuses about why he couldn't do brain surgery that day.
post #41 of 68
Originally Posted by epl View Post
My question is how does anyone in summit county or SLC manage to hold down a job. One powder day at Alta I overheard a neurosurgeon talking on his cell phone, making excuses about why he couldn't do brain surgery that day.
Priorities. You can do a "real" job, successfuly, while hitting 50-60 days per year. You just have to focus on arrangements, and fitting it in. It's feasible, if you make it so.
post #42 of 68
post #43 of 68
I am now self employed, but I got as much if not more skiing (~30+ per yr) when I worked in corporate America. The thing is that I make it a priority and make sacrifices in other areas. During ski season you need to plan ahead and defend your days. Each compromise will cost you two trips since it sets a precedent to cancel for a similar reason in the future. I publish a ski calender in August or September of all the dates I am going to go and send it to any interested parties. This way the May trip is easier to defend when it was planned 8 months before.

Also, do things on the cheap. Cook dinner in, split condos with a group of people and don't spend like you are on "vacation" then whole time. Are you there to ski or are you there to party? These will help keep the budget in check.
post #44 of 68
I'll get in 30 days this season, but since all the days are out west I've had to use most of my vacation.

The upside is I've made fairly substantial improvement and skied 5 places I had never been to before.

Downside is I'll only get in 12 days next season as I have to reload my vacation time.

I also only use 4 days of vacation during the summer(two long weekends) and save the rest for ski season.
post #45 of 68
I'll get 29 days in this year, which I'm quite happy with being in little old England. Unfortunately, due to the distance from skiing, this is achieved through throwing money at the problem and using up most of my year's leave allowance.

Next year it should be closer to 120+... :
post #46 of 68
Skiing is one of my jobs...
post #47 of 68
I've done it various ways. Gone to school in Switzerland, Maine, Flagstaff Ariz. Worked in Denver, lived in the footshills and skied every day off. We've also worked in high paying places far from the snow, such as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. That let me be a semi retired consultant by age of 42.

My dentist asked me how he could have my life style, and I said, go to the highest paying nastiest place you can find, work like mad. Find a wife who'll do the same, and stay married.
post #48 of 68
I don't work 6-7 weeks a year. Five - six weeks are reserved for skiing.

I'm self employed in the construction business. The rest of the year it's pretty much 55 - 70 hour work weeks.

I had a very "off season" for me. I may get in 30 days this year, normally 40 days or so. This season's big plus was the number of deep powder days. Epic conditions in Utah with 4 days of bottomless. Two knee deep at Vail and another 2 in Breck. I'll take it!
post #49 of 68
I'm very jealous of the number of skiing days mentioned in this thread!

I (and other Brits I've spoken to) experience problems taking more than one lot of 7 days of leave during the ski season. Somehow it's OK here for people to take all the holiday allowance in the summer but they get silly about it during the ski season which annoys me.

Unfortunately I need the job to pay for the expensive holidays so it's catch 22 .

I know some highly paid contractors also in project management who earn enough to take 3 months off, fly over to Colorado, and spend it all skiing and travelling around. When I get more experience perhaps I will be able to do this too.
post #50 of 68
I get the day off after being on call (= 2-3 weekdays per month to ski), plus a couple of Sundays per month. Throw in a couple of vacation weeks, and a very long lift- served season (A-Basin doesn't close until June, and it and Loveland open in early October), then hike for turns in the summer and before you know it you have 40+ days in a season without much difficulty. I would get even more, but my wife is not a very enthusiastic skier. March is 41 months in a row of turns all year for me.
post #51 of 68
I'm a teacher, like the original poster. I'm also a performing musician and I co-own a Christmas tree farm. I can't ski before Christmas because of the farm and gigs and rehearsals. I have a conference, and at least three weekend performances and rehearsals in January and February, and another in April. Weather (rain) sometimes keeps me home from the hill.

I use my winter, mid-winter, and spring vacations to ski. I ski nearly every available weekend day. I take two days of personal leave to go skiing. When I add them up, I usually get around 35 days per season, starting in late December and going until the end of April.
post #52 of 68
I work 3 nights a week in a hospital, probably skied around 30 days this year, maybe a few more (could be a lot more).
post #53 of 68
65+ day's a season for 12 years now.

Good Union. I have 5 weeks vacation, 5 personal day's plus we get the week off betwen Xmas and New Years paid. My record season was 74 day's a few years back.

Have been working for the mt for 6 years now, I give them 21 day's, they give me a season pass.

Works for me...
post #54 of 68
I try to ski 20 days per year. I cant afford more.
Only God knows how much I crave I could ski 100+.
post #55 of 68
Some pretty impressive numbers here. I always thought that most skiers got 10-20 days, with a another large segment doing less than 10 for many years in a row. I am lucky to live where I do. We have Snow King Mt right in town. Season passes are $129. It has about 1500 vrt and is steep top to bottom. You can ski at lunch and at night and still have a normal job. I really think that that small accessable ski hills are the future of the sport.
post #56 of 68
I'm a retired college educator who also had a consulting business for years . We live about 90 minutes from the closest ski area BUT have many hobbies and volunteer commitments that keep life interesting .

I get 25 / 30 , FULL 7 hour days on the Hill a year but also get 75 - 80 days of golf in season and bike ride frequently. Also spend lots of time playing guitar with a bunch of old farts in a classic rock garage group.--LIFE is Good
post #57 of 68
Work M-F, ski Sat-Sun. Start in October, end in September. Take a week off at Christmas and one in February. Ski Whistler in May, one week camp on Hood in June, climb Mt. Adams in July, ski Ruth Glacier in August, and Coleman Glacier in September.
post #58 of 68
Self-employed, home office, totally flexible hours, and live one mile from the ski area.
post #59 of 68
Self-employed so I can set my schedule. Ski every other weekend (one kid's on the race team so he "has" to go an guess who "has" to drive him---parenting is all about sacrifices!), take a few Fridays off for three-dayers, 5 days over Thanksgiving, at least a week after Xmas, one week vacation in Feb, President's Day, MLK weekend, one week vacation in March, Spring break for a week, sometimes a week in late April, 4 days over Memorial Day, and at least one weekend in June, plus 4th of July if Mammoth is open that late. Works out to about 50-60 days a year. As others have said, it's about prioritizing. For some it's golf, for some it's waterskiing, for me it's a Vertical Addiction!
post #60 of 68
10 min. drive to two local hills. 30 minute drive to two or three others. My lad trains Tuesday & Thursday and we ski one day most weekends in the season. Plus race meets, plus 6 days in the Norwegian winter holiday... Many evenings its just short laps for 2-3 hours, but every little helps.
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