Best Life Plan

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Harvey Harvey
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Best Life Plan

{This is MC's poll, reposted by me, due to some technical difficulty.}
If you were giving advice to a kid who just graduated and wanted to live a life with most/best skiing possible, which would you tell him?
This poll ends on .
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Harvey Harvey
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Haha great thread title!

I would take a year or two off DURING college to ski bum.  Then graduate.

(My best buddies from high school did it at Steamboat, my parents said they wouldn't pay for college if I did that so I didn't).

After college I moved home because I didn't have a job. Maybe I'd still do that, but I'd start looking for work in an {eastern} urban/suburban area that was closer to the mountains than I am now, Capital District, Burlington (if possible), or Hudson Valley.

Then I'd go full on Mr Money Mustache and retire as early as I could.

It's not that different that what I did, except I didn't know I loved skiing until I was almost 50 years old, so I was pretty entrenched.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
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I voted other.  My advice would be a combination of options 2 and 4.  Go to college near a ski area, then move to a ski city that has jobs and lots of skiing opportunities.
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I guess one of the things I was thinking about was the cost of college these days.

With the amount of loans that kids need to take out, it might be better to skip college all together and just start pounding nails, building 2nd, 3rd & 4th homes for rich people in ski towns.

And I think the "go to college, but then go to a city so you can get a good job" thing is part of that. Tough to pay off $70,000 in student loans by pounding nails while you're trying to pay high ski town rents. But if you have a decent job in the city, then $70k is no big deal, I guess?

If college was free (especially if you get a ski racing scholarship), sure, go to college. Some people I know needed communications degrees to get $25,000/yr jobs as social media coordinators for ski areas.

I vascillate between #1 and #4 if I'm giving advice, even as I try to live #3.
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It’s pretty easy to tell someone else’s kid to follow their heart but when it’s your own, well we want what we think is best for them.

I tell my daughter to get some school done first but she’s gonna do what ever she wants to and I’ll support her no matter what. I want her to have more opportunity than I’ve had so I do my best to give her confidence. I guess we are what we are and unfortunately money doesn’t drive me in any way and that makes life difficult. That whole 9 to 5 day in day out stuff scares the crap out of me.  I hope she isn’t the same.
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Ski every day, bartend at night, meet all the rich, sell real estate.
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raisingarizona wrote
It’s pretty easy to tell someone else’s kid to follow their heart but when it’s your own, well we want what we think is best for them.
This is very true. What I would want for my kid is different then things I would do differently if I did it over again myself.
"You want your skis? Go get 'em!" -W. Miller
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Why are the skilled trades Electrician Pipe fitter Welder ...  given  not given more exposure to offer as a career choice option to earn a descent middle class living . Work construction jobs shutdowns fast track jobs in the summer earn that money working OT. Collect 580 bucks unemployment  a week ,hit the slopes for three Winter months. That why I voted other. I have a business degree but make way more bread as a Union Electrician.
Want to spend special time with your children, teach them to ski or snowboard. The reward will be endless!
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Brownski wrote
raisingarizona wrote
It’s pretty easy to tell someone else’s kid to follow their heart but when it’s your own, well we want what we think is best for them.
This is very true. What I would want for my kid is different then things I would do differently if I did it over again myself.
It would be fun to answer the question 3 times, then:
1. What would you do if you were the 18 year old kid?
2. What advice would you give your kid?
3. What advice would you give an acquaintance (cousin's kid who loves snowboarding, coworker's son who is really into skiing, etc.)?
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Gunny J wrote
Why are the skilled trades Electrician Pipe fitter Welder ...  given  not given more exposure to offer as a career choice option to earn a descent middle class living . Work construction jobs shutdowns fast track jobs in the summer earn that money working OT. Collect 580 bucks unemployment  a week ,hit the slopes for three Winter months. That why I voted other. I have a business degree but make way more bread as a Union Electrician.
This is a good option that I should have added:

• Work all summer making as much as you can while living as cheaply as possible, get a ski town job (or not) & housing around October/November, stay till April, repeat indefinitely.
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