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I am a sophomore in high school and have no idea what kind of career I want to go into. I love skiing so I want to be close to some good mountains and have time to ski. I was thinking about bumming it in a van but I want to have a stable income. I would also sacrifice skiing time to have a job where I am spending time outside. Any suggestions or examples?
i ski less now than when i worked at the resort but i also can afford new gear when i need it, don't have to ski exclusively at the resort where i worked, and never have to show up when the weather sucks. working at the resort and dedicating all your time to shredding is super fun but compromising a little bit is awesome as well. so don't think the only way you get to shred a lot is by working an on-hill job for poor pay year after year after year.
Full disclosure i did not read all the answers. However, heres what i did.
I got a job with a conservation youth corps right out of high school. Age requirement was 18-24. We traveled around the southern colorado mountains building trails for 5 or 10 days at a time. This gave me experience working with state parks and rec, national forest, BLM, national parks, local gov, and private clubs. We were camping so they provided food for the days and since i was in the back country i spent no money and just saved everthing i got (min wage). It included a stipend for college once you complete the program. Then i went to colorado mountain college in summit county. Worked part time for the mountain, skied over 100 days a season and got straight As in the classes i liked. Easily moved up the corperate ladder and now i am a salaried manager for the mountain with promising career oppritunities ahead of me. (Not to mention i met my smoking hot wife here!) You get what you put into it. Youre young so, ya know, dont fuck this up!