So, you’ve decided you like snowboarding. You have been riding at the local resort/hill every chance you get and you wish to bring it to another level. You might have just finished school or be in between jobs, whatever the situation, you have the winter off and you would like to snowboard everyday. Here’s how you do it.
One of the major decisions you’re going to have to make right off the bat is, even if you don’t already reside in the mountains, where you may move to. This report is assuming you’re moving into a ski hill as there are several other options for snowboarding everyday but that is a subject for another for another time.
First off you’re going to have to determine if you’ll be travelling to another country. That is not to say there aren’t ski hotels in Australia. Following is a list of a few popular countries for snowboarding and what they have to offer.
Arguably, the best snowboarding in the world. Canada’s cold temperatures and typically wet climate make it a winter wonderland. The peaks of western Canada boast some of the deepest powder in the world and you have a great deal of great hotels to choose from, all which get annual snowfall over twelve meters! . The mountain towns of Canada are utilised to travellers from abroad coming to play and work at their homes so you will find it easy to make friends and meet fellow snowboarders. If you’re into going where the action is you may choose to live and work at a resort like Whistler, or Big White. However, if you prefer things a little more quiet in which the powder stays fresh a little longer you may want to try Whitewater, or Kicking Horse. If you want to go riding in Canada make sure you bundle up because it can get chilly at first but once you’re used to the cold you begin to crave it, it means better snow conditions!
The US has many great resorts very similar to Canada since they exist in what could be called the exact same mountain ranges (some mountain ranges run through both nations ). Being a bit further south, the climate is warmer, though, can be comparable at elevation. There are a number of big mountains in the western United States that receive annual snowfall also from the 12 meter range. Some of the hotels here see a good deal of action due to tourists and a large local population. Jackson Hole is an excellent place to ride with enormous yearly snowfall and lots of night life. The hotel usually sees over half a million skiers annually! Alta ski resort in Wyoming is a top elevation resort that receives enormous snowfall and is among the oldest resorts in the US! There are many great resorts to select from in the United States if that’s where you decide to ride.
Okay so you’ve picked the resort you want to stay at now lets talk about some of the other options you are going to need to make.
How much cash will you need?
Ski resorts are expensive places to live, they are resorts so they need to charge a premium on what so as to extract as much money as possible from all the families and tourists that visit each year. That does not mean that you can not be a intelligent snowboard bum and live on a budget that enables you to ride more new powder than most people can dream of. Let’s look at a number of the essentials.
This is the entire reason you are going. If you wish to ride lots, you are going to want a season pass, you have a couple of options. You’re other option is to work for the resort. Most places will provide you a seasons pass and take payment for it from your paycheque slowly over the course of the year. This is kind of like a payment plan for people who can’t put up the cash and are planning on working while there. The one problem with this choice is that if it snows 30 cm and you call in sick to go slash pow, they will suspend your pass to the day and you will be stuck at home while your friends have the time of their lives.
Season Pass = $1000 (average smaller hotel pass price)
You will probably be renting a room in a large chalet or mountain house with a bunch of other travelling snowboarders. This is the only way most people can afford to live full time in a resort as leasing your place can cost a few thousand per month. Normal rent for a room in one of these shared homes is around $500 US a month. Assuming you will staying an entire year you will likely be showing up Mid November and staying until Mid April.
5 weeks x $550 a month = $2750
Food on the mountain is overpriced like everything else. There are typically small grocery shops but they’ll set you back about double what you would pay for the same product in the city. If you discover a ride down to the city that is close to your mountain you can purchase food cheaper there but typically you’ll be paying hotel prices for groceries and if you’re eating out much you can say good bye to your budget rather quickly. If you live off cases of instant noodles you can save yourself a lot of money but let’s assume you want to eat a balanced diet while you’re breaking your body down, snowboarding everyday. Groceries for a single person will typically run you about $75 a week.
20 weeks x $75 a week = $1500
Even though it doesn’t look like it, this is probably going to be your biggest expense. You’re living at a hotel, people are there to party, and of course, everyone is passing so people are more willing to step outside their comfort zones. You’ll be living in a house filled with new friends and there’ll always be something happening. You’ll need to choose your nights out sensibly because this one factor can be the deciding one how much you have to work to get by rather than slashing fresh pow. A normal night out will cost you around $100 if you do some pre drinking at home and don’t get too fired up. Some weeks you could have two of those nights some weeks, one.
These are just essentials, there are always unexpected costs but this will give you a great idea of what is needed to live at a mountain resort and snowboard everyday.
Total for 5 month season = $8250
Now that we know the numbers we should talk about your two most obvious lifestyle options since they’ll be the biggest factor effecting your season. Although not available to everyone, the thing to do which will afford you the most fun and liberty is to save $10000 to cover all of your expenses and have the free time to do what you need. This means riding when you want, going out whenever you feel like it and most of all never missing a pow day! Things can get tracked out fast and it really sucks when it snows and you have to go to work. Watching friends and all the other random individuals have the time of their lives, as you can not participate, will give you a burning feeling unlike any other.
That brings us to another choice, the one most folks in your shoes take. Get a temporary job in the resort your moving to. This has it’s perks as well such as meeting people, making money and possibly getting to learn a new skill. Not all companies on the resort land will be part of the resort itself. Although, if you go to work for the resort you won’t have to worry about buying a pass as the resort will offer you one. Typically this will be on a payment plan that they will automatically take off of your paycheck. Just remember, if you’re getting a”free” pass through your job, they’ll be in complete control. Any powder days that you choose to call in sick will see your pass suspended for the day rendering you unable to ride .
Lots of you can not save up that much cash and will be forced to take a job if you wish to do something like this. Night jobs are great as you can ride during the day, if you can get up. You could have a cheap course and become a ski/snowboard instructor; then you’d get paid to be on the snow. Only, you wouldn’t be doing what you need to do and hitting the areas you want to hit, you would be teaching mostly beginners the basics all day. Just make sure you choose wisely, a few of the best jobs are the least sought after.
Lots of men and women spend a large portion, or even their entire lives living and working at ski hills. This is just a short manual and peak into this lifestyle, there is much more to write on this topic. If you do this, even for only 1 time, you won’t regret it. It is something you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You will meet a great deal of amazing people and make amazing friends, party like a rock star and snowboard everyday. If this sounds like one of your fantasies then what are you waiting for?