Ok, so maybe I’m longing for winter a little. First, it’s been hot here. So hot, in fact, that much of the province is under an extreme fire danger rating. Second, all I seem to see on social media these days are reports and videos of people shredding never ending deep pow in South America and New Zealand. So I’m in the mood to ski. That deep seated, powder addiction has crept back to the surface of my consciousness. Because of that, I thought I would feed that fire a little for anyone contemplating a life in the mountains, away from their office job, where they can ski every day.
So in no particular order, here are 7 reasons to quit your job and become a ski bum:
7. It beats working for a living: Yep. It sure does. Even if you end up in one of the less glamorous jobs in a ski town to make ends meet, just knowing that on any given day, you can head to the lift and go shred a few laps, makes everything seem a little better than what you’re doing right now.
6. It’ll make all your friends jealous: Every time it snows and you’re out there getting faceshots, your friends back home will be settling into another day staring at a computer screen. Sure, they might be earning 6 figures and you’ll be slogging it out as a night cleaner for $10/hour, but when it snows, they are the ones that will wish they had quit their jobs.
5. Too much reason is a bad thing: Ya, it might be wiser to work in a job that allows you to buy a home and raise a family, but is it really? Why do that when you can live in a van, shred pow every day and live in the moment? I’ve seen lots of kids raised by ski bums and most of them turn out pretty good. So stop being so REASONABLE. Live a little. You like to ski? Then ski, every day.
4. Kinda self explanatory:
3. You get to be that person your friends talk about: So maybe I’m tooting my own horn a little, but I like it when people say: ‘wow, you have an awesome life, getting to live here and ski every day.’ Yep. I do. It’s not without sacrifice, though. I’m poor, in debt but I love where I live, and so will you. And when you do visit your folks and see your old friends, all of them will secretly be envious of the choices you’ve made, ’cause you’ll have more street cred than you thought possible. So ya, they’ll talk about you, but because they probably want a little of what you have.
2. Who knows where life will take you?: The thing is, by staying stagnant…in that comfortable place, going to that comfortable job…well you kinda know what’s going to happen. Being a ski bum is about taking a chance on something that on the surface, probably isn’t going to work out. But it will work out, my friend. Be sure of that. A life in the mountains is one lived deliberately, with intention. And nothing, absolutely nothing, compares to being able to wake up on a storm day knowing you’ll be in the lift line, ready to shred.
1. You get to ski, every day: When is that not worth making a change for? Riddle me that, Batman. All those times you daydream of waist deep turns while you’re sitting there, smacking away in the concrete jungle at your ergonomic keyboard; all those days will blend into one if you aren’t careful. So don’t dream about it, do it. Now. Split from the program, buy a van and drive to the mountains. There’s always room for one more.
Be safe, ski hard.