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post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
There are those who live the ski bum lifestyle...and those who don't.

Some wish they did, others have made different choices.

Are you happy where you, or do you have mountain envy? If so, what keeps you where you are? What are the most important things to you in deciding where to live?

For me -

Family - I choose to live close to, but not too close to, my ex-wife, so I can spend as much time as possible with my son.

Skiing - I'd have a really hard time living somewhere I couldn't get 10 months or more every year.

Water - I've lived within 10 miles of the salt water since I was old enough to decide on my own where to live.

Work - Meat's meat, and a man's gotta eat.

Everything else....what esle is there?

And you?
I'll admit to having mountain envy, however, I'm a fairly content person. I absolutely love Michigan and the wonderful things it offers, including summer activities, however, I could easily see the opportunity of reinventing myself in somewhere like Utah, or Montana as a joyous possibility.

Life now =
Life reinvented in the mountains = :
post #32 of 42
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
I'll admit to having mountain envy, however, I'm a fairly content person. I absolutely love Michigan and the wonderful things it offers, including summer activities, however, I could easily see the opportunity of reinventing myself in somewhere like Utah, or Montana as a joyous possibility.

Life now =
Life reinvented in the mountains = :
I'll be spending Saturday in Estes Park with Mrs. Claystone and one or more Claystone kids.

I can see Pikes Peak, Mt Evans and Longs Peak from C-470 on my way home from work every day.

I was born here, at the foot of the Rockies, and you couldn't pay me enough to live anywhere else, 'cept actually in the mountains
post #33 of 42
I'm very happy with where I live. I love my city and I love my neighborhood. My location gives me a lot of great options for my work (teaching and art), continuing education, etc, and I really appreciate the layout as a walking city with public trans options (no car for me), the lake we stretch across for miles, the people, food, culture, libraries, museums and other resources in the area. I've lived temporarily in many places but nothing beats sweet home Chicago for me. The activities I love that aren't compatible with the city are available in some form or another close enough that I can get my fix and stay happy. While I know that the small, icy hills of Wisconsin don't offer "real" skiing, the simple act of sliding down the snow is enough to provide me with many grins.

The city gives me what I'm looking for and more in my day to day life, and I travel to keep the elements that I love that aren't available here in my life.

I'm lucky to already have my family where I want to be. I'm very close with them and choosing between living near them and being where I want to be is a decision I'd hate to make.
post #34 of 42
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Yeah, but to really research the issue, you need to hang out at the Mangy Moose at Jackson Hole for a while. I could go with you.
Prickly, I spoke yesterday evening to you-know-who, I was being semi-facetious but when she said "Ok, but tell Prickly that our family budget won't allow more than a week in J.H." : We were running and I nearly tripped over.
I don't know if she was being facetious in kind or not but...: it's nice to have dreams
post #35 of 42
Interesting thread ... and some really interesting perspectives from all.

For me, I went through several phases before finally achieving my life long dream. My early years consisted of every weekend at my local hill in WNY on hand-me-downs from my older siblings. As a kid - it was everything I could wish for.

Then came my college years in the Midwest. As a student, it was really difficult to afford my skiing urges. I didn't completely give up skiing in college, but it sure felt like it.

When I graduated and got a good paying job, I addressed the lack of skiing. Although still living in the Midwest, I bought lots of gear and made lots of trips out west.

Once my kids were old enough to ski we took our 1st "family trip" to Utah, and the rest is ... well ... history. We now live along the Wasatch and are less than 15 minutes from awesome skiing. So far, so good
post #36 of 42
Wow, Mr. N, we should start planning that trip. Though this coming winter I'm hoping to go catskiing, so it will have to be the one after. I took an Italian friend to Jackson a few years back and he (we) had a blast.
post #37 of 42
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Originally Posted by Morrison Claystone View Post
I can see Pikes Peak, Mt Evans and Longs Peak from C-470 on my way home from work every day.

I was born here, at the foot of the Rockies, and you couldn't pay me enough to live anywhere else, 'cept actually in the mountains
+1 cept for the being born here part!!
post #38 of 42
I am getting really close to a fork in the road of my life where I have to ultimately choose my destiny.

I'll be a Junior in high school this year, and am looking at colleges in Colorado. Only one school has really stuck out at me, and that's Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Then I would consider CU Boulder, but I don't love the whole big school thing. Going to either of these schools would allow me to live out here and ski on a semi-regular basis. Probably every weekend and if I went to CC even more often. This would also lead me to a 'normal' probably with a desk job.

Then, my other option (though my parents don't accept it or even consider it as serious) is to go to the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, in which I would take evening classes and work as a ski instructor in the day. Eventually, I would have to get a degree but this lifestyle (ski instructor in the winter, raft guide/mountain bike or hike guide by summer) would be awesome.

At this point...I really need to think about my future and decide my destiny...
post #39 of 42
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Originally Posted by spyderracer393 View Post
/mountain bike or hike guide by summer) would be awesome.

At this point...I really need to think about my future and decide my destiny...
You should start your research here:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=69452

It all depends on if you want/have to work in and around skiing for your career vs having a normal day job, family life, and be able to afford whatever hobbies your family desires as you age.
post #40 of 42
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Originally Posted by spyderracer393 View Post
(ski instructor in the winter, raft guide/mountain bike or hike guide by summer) would be awesome.
Remember that they pay people to do these jobs for a reason. If you don't like working with the public and putting up with people who are clueless, or all you really want to do is ski the good stuff and shoot the big rapids, then you should get another job that pays well and gives you plenty of time off to do the things you like to do the way you want to do them. Too many people take these jobs because of the skiing or rafting, and are not dedicated to customer service which is what the business is all about.

If you like people and don't mind toning down your skiing/rafting experience to your clients' level, then it would be fantastic.
post #41 of 42
Maybe "ski bum" lifestyle is analogous for: Living life on your own terms.
How many of us are putting off what we want to be doing for what we "have to do" now? Hoping that by sacraficing now we will have a better pay off later.
I'm not terribly happy in my work and home situation at the moment. I ski 50 days a year I don't think skiing more will solve my problems. But, I do have the feeling if I get fed up enough to have the courage to give up my business and move to a mountain for a year (or more)I will be better off for it. At least I know I will grow from it. Will I regret giving up my business? Perhaps. Would I regret never having attempted to move to a ski mountain if I don't? Perhaps.
Nothing is absolute.
Skiing is a means to an end for me. That end is peace. I'm not at peace now. Maybe if I get it out of my system I will be.

I just read a quote the other day that I loved, here it is:

"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year."
-- John Foster Dulles

I know I'm all over the place. I absolutely love this thread and all the responses. Hopefully I can report ski bliss and peace from a mountain home soon.
post #42 of 42
When I was in college, my lecture classes were all M/W/F and the labs were always Tuesday/Thursday. I was always able to stack all of my labs on one of the "T" days so I could have the other free to ski. I had a part-time job to pay for everything, evenings and weekends, but my boss never knew about my mid-week free days, else he would have scheduled me to work those days. I got in 25+ days a year that way.

After graduation, I worked a night shift for a couple of years before finding a "real" job. I always had a night off midweek. I'd get off at 6:00 AM the morning of my night off, go home, change into my ski togs, load up the car and head west. The jet lag after getting home from skiing was a killer, though. I got 25-30 days a season during those years.

Then I got married, got a "real" job and started raising a family. Ski days went from 25+ midweek days to 8-10 Saturdays a season. Then came a layoff, and an 18-year hiatus before I got to ski again. Balancing all the things that I want, need and can afford to do nets me about 6 days of skiing per year, now.

I'll probably never get to more than 10 days a season from now on. I'd be thrilled to do more than that, but there are a lot of things I want to do, and a lot I need to do. In the end, I think I'll be mostly ok with the way things will turn out.
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