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post #1 of 17
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Ski season at my home mountain: ended, over, done, it's finished. It's sad, but that's not the point of this thread. I am a senior in high school and next year the top thing that I would like to (am planning to) do is do a season (preferably at Aspen). I just feel that college is not for me, and I love to ski so this is what I would prefer to do. I would like to know some stuff as to how I would go about making this dream a reality. I have heard about and looked at some websites online like skiingjobs.net (I think that's what it is) and am planning on going that route. Is there a better way? What should I know to help me prepare? Any information is much appreciated and if this goes through then I will no longer be WIskier and have to find a new username, but that's the least of my worries. Feel free to comment or pm me and thanks and think snow!!

post #2 of 17

I suggest a college in a Ski town.

post #3 of 17

For sure College even if its community or junior. You are still young and will regret it later on. Near a Mtn would be my suggestion. Get a job on Weekends doing whatever at a resort

post #4 of 17

I would advise against a ski town college for your freshman year being away from home for the first extended period of time.  That school work's really gonna get in the way of your skiing and partying. 

post #5 of 17

Yes sir that's the ticket college and a ski job . Maybe look into something in the medical field like physical therapy...

post #6 of 17

Well, if a kid's not ready to study, I'd prefer (as a parent) to not pay for college for him to party and ski.  Let him take some time off, work at a menial job grooming the slopes at night, bussing tables, or checking lift tickets and decide if this is what he aspires to do the rest of his life, i.e., work while everyone else is playing on his snow.   IMHO there's nothing like a job you hate and that pays crap to make you want to work hard in college!

 

To the OP, what skills do you have?  Are you "instructor material", i.e., have taken lessons as a racer for years or whatever?  Know that even if you are hot stuff on the slopes, they will probably start you out teaching little kids who cry all the time and want their moms.  Have you operated large machinery that would prepare you to drive a snow cat?  Or are you going to be stuck cleaning up smashed food off the floor or competing for incredibly low wages with the imports from Brazil who are being used as lifties these days?

 

Everyone wants to work in ski country and skip the school part.  Unfortunately, few of us are born with trust funds.

post #7 of 17

Stay at home this summer, at the folks. Get a job and stash all the cash you can. Keep in touch with people here and anyplace else you might find cheap shared housing for next winter in a place you would like to ski. Get a seasons pass. When you get to the place you arranged to stay for the winter pay for your stay up front befor you spend your cash. Buy lots of Mr. noodles so you can eat all season.

If you run out of money then get a part time job, remeber your pass and housing and food are covered. If yo9u really love it at that point figgure out how you want to make a living, or just deciede then to go back to school and pay to ski like most of us decieded to.

Good luck and have fun .

post #8 of 17

 

^^^ do what he said and save up a bunch of cash first.

 

then move to a ski town and look around for a job until you find one that has no shifts starting before 5:00 PM.

 

then enjoy the season of your life...

 

 

post #9 of 17

If you're going to go ski-bum for a bit might as well go full on and see the world. Move to Australia or Argentina in June and then head back to the states for the winter.

 

On a slightly more serious note, I would recommend getting in to college now and then requesting a one year deferral. There is nothing wrong with taking the year off, most of the 18-19 yo kids I teach would benefit from it as they are not ready for college. And who can blame them. I took off a year off too. But make a plan now and stick to it. Otherwise you may just find it too easy to fall into a cycle of low-end jobs that cover rent and food but nothing else. That's fine when you're 20, but eventually it will suck. And spending the ski season living the ski bum fantasy is fine, but consider spending a few months doing something that will be a rewarding experience outside of skiing that you can learn from and will really be able to look back on with pride as you get older. Enjoy.

post #10 of 17

 

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Originally Posted by WIskier13 View Post

 

Ski season at my home mountain: ended, over, done, it's finished. It's sad, but that's not the point of this thread. I am a senior in high school and next year the top thing that I would like to (am planning to) do is do a season (preferably at Aspen). I just feel that college is not for me, and I love to ski so this is what I would prefer to do. I would like to know some stuff as to how I would go about making this dream a reality. I have heard about and looked at some websites online like skiingjobs.net (I think that's what it is) and am planning on going that route. Is there a better way? What should I know to help me prepare? Any information is much appreciated and if this goes through then I will no longer be WIskier and have to find a new username, but that's the least of my worries. Feel free to comment or pm me and thanks and think snow!!

 

I would go to school near snow, I WISH I would of done that.

post #11 of 17


 

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Originally Posted by Old Boot View Post

 

Stay at home this summer, at the folks. Get a job and stash all the cash you can. Keep in touch with people here and anyplace else you might find cheap shared housing for next winter in a place you would like to ski. Get a seasons pass. When you get to the place you arranged to stay for the winter pay for your stay up front befor you spend your cash. Buy lots of Mr. noodles so you can eat all season.

 


 

This was the advise I took in the early 70's.  It's still good advice and it will still work. 


Edited by Uncle Louie - 3/13/2009 at 11:26 am
post #12 of 17

I see nothing that precludes going to college later.  I've changed my career twice, I'm only in my 40's and I fully expect to do another 2 year accounting program at some point.  Enjoy a year of skiing, think about it, then if you really love it, figure out what you can do in the ski business that will give you the life you wish to lead and ask those doing the job, what you need to get that job.  Ask for specifics, like what would you want to see on a resume when you are hiring for this job. 

 

BTW, there is lots of other careers that you might be interested in with flexible schedules that would give you the time off you need to enjoy sport also. Keep that in mind.

 

Success can only be measured against your own aspirations.  Keep yourself happy, and that's what I told my kids.  They are now 23 and 26 and just completing a 3 year college program as they decided to work first.

post #13 of 17

 

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Originally Posted by lady_Salina View Post

 

...I'm only in my 40's 

 

Old Boot, you sly dog.


 

Might as well change your user name to; 'Chico, the guy washing your car'.

 

Trade school or anything is better than nothing.

 

What are you going to do after, after you meet 'The One'. Sorry, $7 hour don't pay for baby food.

 

Get the education now, while you can, then party with the low income dream job for a while. When the time comes to get a real job, you actually stand a chance.

 

Don't make the same mistake many do, postpone school thinking you can do later, it most likely won't happen.

 

Well, what ever you decide, good luck.

 

...free lift tickets for a fellow Packeridian?

 

post #14 of 17

OMG Jag

you just stepped into my world "Trade school is better then nothing" ???????

Seems to me I went to trade school some place in my past and although I just barely scratch out a meagre existance "cough cough" Its enough to allow me to work in just about any country on the planet (including yours).  Seems to me wasn't too long ago I had another job offer, oh ya was yesterday, and I think I live a very comfortable life.

 

Trades are in big demand these days (need to specialize in a tech trade for the large demand).

I was going to suggest to Wlskier13 actually, that he might want to look into PLC programming or instrumentation as I am thinking both of these would be needed for modern lift servicing. They would both also lead into countless other fields he could branch into later if he needed.

 

I hate to say it, but if you spend 5 years obtaining a technical certification you actually get paid for learning it and on the back end have a skill in demand for today and tommorow. Collage on the other hand takes an average 4 years to obtain a bachelour's degree and be ready upon comming out to learn a job to pay off your 150,000-200,000 in debt.

post #15 of 17

Thanks for the segway into that topic BTW Jag (lol )

post #16 of 17

 

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Originally Posted by Old Boot View Post

 

OMG Jag

you just stepped into my world "Trade school is better then nothing" ???????

 

I didn't mean it in a down sense, I was referring to it in an educational sense - trade school being the minimal of post high school education. 

 

I work in the trades, in my mind, it's the best way to go.

 

I also make a comfortable living, my office isn't on the 17th floor, it's parked in my driveway, my desk isn't 6 feet wide, it's the dash of a Ford. But I make the same if not more than most professionals.

 

I'm not going to ignore that if someone has a 4 year over a 2 year or a 2 year over none, they get paid more, promoted easier; hence: Minimum trade school.

 

Fact is, most jobs you can't even apply for without an education, it doesn't matter what in, as long as you have something.

 

So, trade school IS better than nothing.

 

 

 

post #17 of 17

LOL Jag was pullin at your leg. Have a good weekend

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