I graduated High school in 1999 and started at the community college that fall. Much to my parents dismay, I never registered for winter classes. I decided for myself I would do summer school instead, thus getting my 3 quarters of school in a year making them happy, and getting my ski bumming in to make me happy. I did this until I got my AA in 2002, and still not knowing what I wanted to do for a living, I went full time ski bum at this point. Kellogg, Idaho in 02/03, Breckenridge, CO in 03/04, and back to Kellogg for one more year in 04/05. It was the time I spent ski bumming in Colorado that led me down my current career path. I'm now a pilot for a major airline, and I never would have considered it if I had not gone down the ski bum path first. But meeting a few pilots and a flight attendant in Breckenridge and Winter Park made all the difference. I dedicated 3 years to school in 2005, after creating 6 years worth of amazing skiing memories. As of 2008, I'm now back to ski bumming, but this time with a career to help support it.
I say do the ski bum life while you're young and healthy. You never know what you might learn about yourself while you're there.