So you’ve decided that you really like snowboarding. He has been traveling his local resort / hill whenever he has had a chance and wants to take it to the next level. You may just finished school or are between jobs, in any case, you have the winter off and you want to snowboard every day. This is how you do it.
Where to go?
One of the most important decisions you will have to make right away is, if you don’t live in the mountains yet, where will you move. This article assumes you are moving up a hill to ski, as there are several other options for snowboarding every day, but that’s a topic for another time.
First, you will have to decide whether to travel to another country. If you are in a place like Australia, which is home to many traveling snowboarders, chances are you are traveling. That is not to say that there are no ski resorts in Australia. Here is a list of some popular countries for snowboarding and what they have to offer.
It is arguably the best snowboard in the world. Canada’s cold temperatures and typically humid climate make it a winter wonderland. The peaks of western Canada boast some of the deepest dust on earth and you have many great resorts to choose from, all of which receive annual snowfall of over forty feet! Mountain communities in Canada are used to travelers from abroad coming home to work and play, making it easy for you to make friends and meet other snowboarders. If you like to go where the action is, you can choose to live and work in a resort like Whistler or Big White. However, if you like things a bit quieter where the powder stays cool a bit longer, you can try Whitewater or Kicking Horse. If you want to go riding in Canada make sure to bundle up because it can get cold at first, but once you get used to the cold you start to crave it, it means better snow conditions!
The US has many great resorts similar to Canada in that they exist in what could be called the same mountain ranges (some mountain ranges run through both countries). Being a little further south, the climate is warmer, although it can be comparable in altitude. There are some large mountains in the western United States that receive annual snowfall in the 12-meter range as well. Some of the resorts here see a lot of action due to tourists and a large local population. Jackson Hole is a great place to ride with huge annual snowfalls and lots of nightlife. The resort usually receives more than half a million skiers a year! Alta Ski Resort in Wyoming is a high-altitude resort that receives heavy snowfall and is one of the oldest ski resorts in the US There are many great resorts to choose from in the United States if that’s where you choose to travel.
There are plenty of other countries you can move to if you want to snowboard all winter, but we won’t go over them in this article, just do a quick Google search for an area that interests you.
Okay so you’ve chosen the complex you want to live in now, let’s talk about some of the other options you’ll have to make.
How much money will you need?
Ski resorts are expensive places to live, they are resorts so they have to charge a premium on everything in order to extract as much money as possible from all the tourists and families who visit each year. That doesn’t mean you can’t be a smart snowboard bum and live on a budget that allows you to ride more fresh snow than most people can dream of. The lifestyle you choose will ultimately determine the amount of driving you do. Let’s look at some of the essentials.
This is the only reason you go. If you want to ride a lot, you will need a season pass, you have a couple of options. You can buy one for between $ 750 and $ 2,200, depending on the resort you choose, and travel as long as you like. Your other option is to work for the resort. Most venues will give you a season pass and cash it out of your paycheck gradually throughout the season. This is like a payment plan for people who cannot contribute the cash and plan to work while they are there. The only problem with this option is that if it snows 12 inches and you call in sick to go to slash pow, they will suspend your pass for the day and you will be stuck at home while your friends have a great time.
Season Pass = $ 1000 (common price of the smallest resort pass)
You will likely rent a room in a large chalet or mountain home with a group of other traveling snowboarders. This is the only way most people can afford to live full time in a resort, as renting your own place can cost several thousand per month. The typical rent for a room in one of these shared houses is about $ 500 a month. In some places you’ll pay another $ 50 in utilities, so let’s call it $ 550. Assuming you’re staying a full season, you’ll probably show up in mid-November and stay through mid-April.
5 months x $ 550 per month = $ 2750
Another annoying thing essential to human survival. Food in the mountains is expensive like everything else. There are usually small grocery stores, but they will cost you about twice what you would pay for the same product in town. If you find a trip to the city that is close to your mountain, you can buy cheaper food there, but you’ll generally pay resort prices for groceries, and if you’re eating a lot, you can say goodbye to your funds pretty quickly. If you live off the instant noodle cases, you can save a lot of money, but let’s say you want to eat a balanced diet while destroying your body, snowboarding every day. Single-person groceries will typically cost you around $ 75 per week.
20 weeks x $ 75 per week = $ 1500
Although it may not seem like it, this is probably your biggest expense. You live in a resort, people are there to have fun, not to mention that they are all passengers, so people are more willing to step out of their comfort zone. You will live in a house full of new friends and there will always be something to do. You will have to choose your nights out wisely because this factor may be the one that decides how much you have to work to survive rather than cutting back on fresh dust. A typical night will cost you around $ 100 if you have a drink before drinking at home and don’t get too excited about it. Some weeks you can have two of these nights, some weeks one. Let’s average it and say 1.5 nights a week.
30 nights of partying x $ 100 per night = $ 3000
These are just essentials, there are always unexpected costs, but this will give you a good idea of what it takes to live in a mountain resort and snowboard every day.
Total for the 5 month season = $ 8250
Now that we know the numbers, we should talk about your two most obvious lifestyle choices, as they will be the biggest factor affecting your season. Although it is not available to everyone, what you can do to give you the most fun and freedom is to save up to $ 10,000 to cover all your expenses and have all the free time to do whatever you want. That means driving when you want, going out when you feel like it, and most of all, never missing a holiday! When you live on a mountain, it’s all about powder days. Things can be tracked quickly and it really sucks when it snows and you have to go to work. Seeing your friends and all the other random people having the best time of their lives, while you can’t participate, will give you a burning sensation like no other.
That brings us to his other option, the one most people take instead. Get a temp job at the resort you’re moving to. This also has its advantages, such as meeting people, making money, and perhaps learning a new skill. Not all businesses on the resort grounds will be part of the resort itself. However, if you are going to work for the resort, you won’t have to worry about purchasing a pass, as the resort will provide one for you. Usually this will be on a payment plan that will be automatically deducted from your paycheck. Just remember, if you get a “free” pass for their work, they are in complete control. Any gunpowder day you decide to call in sick will see your pass suspended for the day that will render you unable to travel anyway.
Many of you cannot save that much money and will be forced to take a job if you want to do something like this. In that case, the job you choose will also play a role in how much you can mount. Night jobs are great because you can ride during the day, if you can get up. You could take an inexpensive course and become a ski / snowboard instructor; then they would pay you to be in the snow. Only, you wouldn’t be doing what you want to do and hitting the places you want to hit, you would be teaching mostly beginners the basics all day. Just make sure you choose wisely, some of the best jobs are the least sought after.
Many people spend a large part, or even their entire lives, living and working on the ski slopes. This is just a short guide and delves into this lifestyle, there is much more to write on this topic. If you do this, even for a single season, you won’t regret it. It is something that you will remember for the rest of your life. You’ll meet tons of amazing people and make great friends, party like a rock star, and snowboard every day. If that sounds like one of your dreams, what are you waiting for?