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post #32 of 39

We all have our own circuitous paths to becoming ski bums. Heck, the grubby, tanned-face, dishwashing, ramen-sucking lowlifes at your local hill aren't the only ski bums around. Some of us -- with kids and day jobs and mortgages to pay -- are, at heart, nothing more than ski bums.

 

I signed on as an actual ski bum, at a big resort in Utah, the day after I finished college. Made it through one season. But I never had the feeling for skiing that I have now. There was something missing from that life and I went off to find it.

 

I never did find it, in fact. And it took years of studying, working, travelling, doing things beyond skiing, to get back to what I kind of knew all along. I really just wanted to ski a lot. 

So much later in life I became a ski bum again, though, to be sure, a suit-and-tie ski bum. I started skiing way more, and way better, as a weekends-only ski bum than I ever did in college or in the Rockies. Didn't hurt having the Alps nearby, not that that was an accident.
 

Did I make all the right moves along the way? Hell no. I would have skied a lot more if I'd stayed in the Rockies.  Or taken that cushy job in Vancouver. Vancouver (shakes head).

 

Hard to imagine, though, that if I'd taken a different road that I could have grown to love skiing any more than I do now.

post #33 of 39

I would have gone away to a college that was closer to ski country.  I would joined a ski team as a kid.    But really the reason I didnt ski much as a youth was simply because I was at my parents mercy which are not skiers.  

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If you could change your development as a skier, what would you do differently?

 

Would you have purchased more gear, better gear?

 

Taken more lessons?

 

Join a racing team or club?

 

Maintained a ski ready fitness year around?

 

Traveled to different resorts?

 

Relocated, or relocated earlier?


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post #34 of 39

Move out west. 

post #35 of 39

Dig deeper and more often into my back of tricks.

post #36 of 39

1. Move way closer to some real skiing.

 

2. Work out more to get in better shape.

post #37 of 39

Well, living so far way....

PRAY!

post #38 of 39

 

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We all have our own circuitous paths to becoming ski bums. Heck, the grubby, tanned-face, dishwashing, ramen-sucking lowlifes at your local hill aren't the only ski bums around. Some of us -- with kids and day jobs and mortgages to pay -- are, at heart, nothing more than ski bums.

 

 


So true Prickly, I've got a good job, wife, mortgage and the kids are on their own now, but i'm nothing but a ski bum. I started skiing when i was 37, and to start skiing at a younger age would be the main thing i would change in my development. There are just many things I'll never do with my skiing. There's a balance between age and ability and all the lessons in the world are no substitute for youth. I don't worry about that though because I'm soo buzy skiing.
 

post #39 of 39

If I could do it over ( I am 71) I would have started taking lessons at 20 instead of 50.  Learn to ski weeks are the best.  Along with lessons, lots of mileage.  Ski only in good weather!!  Get a season pass and watch the weather reports and go.

 

The equipment gets better every year but the best equipment does not match lessons and time on the hill.

 

 

 

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