So, you have decided that you really like snowboarding. You have ridden at your local promenade / hill at every opportunity and you want to take it to the next level. You may have just finished school or are busy, but in any case, you have taken a winter break and want to snowboard every day. Here’s how to do it.
Where to go?
One of the most important decisions you need to make right away is where to go if you do not already live in the mountains. This article assumes that you are moving on a ski hill because there are several other options for snowboarding every day, but that is another matter for another time.
First you need to decide if you are traveling to another country or not. If you are in a place like Australia, which hosts many snowboarders, you will probably travel. This does not mean that there is no ski slope in Australia. Here is a list of some of the most popular snowboarding countries and what they offer.
Undoubtedly the best snowboard in the world. The cold temperatures of Canada and the usually humid climate have made it a wonderland. The peaks of western Canada have some of the deepest powders on earth, and you can choose from many resorts, all of which receive more than 12 meters of snow annually. The mountain communities of Canada are accustomed to foreign travelers coming home from work and play, so it makes it easy for you to make friends and meet other snowboarders. If you plan to go somewhere, you may choose to live and work in a place like Whistler or Big White. However, if you like things a little calmer, where the powder stays a little fresher, you may want to try Whitewater or Kicking Horse. If you want to travel to Canada, be sure to pack up because it can get cold at first, but when you get used to the cold, you crave it, which means the snow conditions are better!
The United States has many large resorts similar to Canada because they exist in the same mountainous areas (some mountain ranges pass through both countries). Because it is slightly to the south, the climate is warmer, although at comparable altitudes. There are large mountains in the western United States that also receive annual snowfall within 12 meters. Some of the resorts here have a lot of activities due to the tourists and the large local population. Jackson Hole is a great place to ride with annual snowfall and plenty of nightlife. This resort usually sees more than half a million skiers a year! Alta Ski Resort in Wyoming is a high-altitude ski resort that receives a lot of snow and is one of the oldest resorts in the United States! If you choose to ride there, there are many great resorts to choose from in the United States.
If you want to snowboard all winter, you can go to many other countries, but we will not cover them in this article, just do a quick Google search for the area you are interested in.
Okay, so you have chosen the accommodation you want to live in, let’s talk about other choices you have to make.
How much money will you need?
Ski slopes are expensive places to live, they are recreational places, so they have to pay for everything so that they can get as much money as possible from all the tourists and families who visit there every year. This does not mean that you can not be a smart snowboarder and live on a budget that allows you to ride more fresh powder than people think. The lifestyle you choose ultimately determines how much you ride. Let’s look at some essentials.
This is the whole reason for your departure. If you want to ride a lot, you need a season passport, you have two options. Depending on the resort you choose and ride to the satisfaction of your heart, you can buy it for between $ 750 and $ 2200. Your other option is to work for accommodation. Most places give you season permits and gradually get paid for it during the season. It’s kind of like a payment plan for people who can’t deliver cash and want to work there. The only problem with this option is that if it snows 30 cm and you call the patient to go slash pow, your passport will be suspended for a day and your friends will be stuck at home while they are living. do.
Season Pass = $ 1000 (smaller regular pass price)
Most likely you will rent a room in a large cottage or mountain house with a number of other rented snowboarders. This is the only way most people can afford to spend a full time staying at a resort, as renting your own space can cost several thousand a month. The average rent for a room in one of these shared homes is about $ 500 a month. In some places you will pay another $ 50 for utilities, so let’s call it $ 550. Assuming you stay a full season, you will probably show up in mid-November and stay until mid-April.
5 months x $ 550 per month = $ 2750
Another annoying point that is essential for human survival. Mountain foods are just as expensive as other foods. There are usually small grocery stores, but they charge almost twice as much as you pay for a product in town. If you go to a town near your mountain, you can buy food cheaper, but you usually pay for food accommodation, and if you eat a lot, you can say goodbye to your capital quickly. If you live with instant noodles, you can save a lot of money, but suppose you want to have a balanced diet while ruining your body and snowboarding every day. Food for one person usually costs you about $ 75 a week.
20 weeks x $ 75 per week = $ 1,500
It may not seem like it, but it will probably be your biggest expense. You live in a promenade, people are there for parties, not to mention, everyone is transient, so people are more inclined to get out of their comfort zones. You will live in a house full of new friends and there is always something going on. You will have to choose your nights wisely because this is a factor that can determine how much effort you are gaining instead of losing new strength. If you drink at home before drinking and do not move too much, a typical night will cost you about $ 100. Some weeks you may have two weeks of these nights, one week. Let’s calculate it on average and go out 1.5 nights a week.
30 nights out $ 100 per night = $ 3,000
These are just some of the goal setting shareware that you can use.
Total for season 5 = $ 8250
Now that we know the numbers, we need to talk about two of the most obvious lifestyle choices, because they will be the biggest factor influencing your season. Although not available to everyone, the most enjoyable job is to save $ 10,000 so you can cover all your expenses and have all your free time to do the things you want to do. . This means that when you want to ride, go out whenever you want and most of all, never miss a beat! When you live in the mountains, it’s all about the dusty days. Everything can be tracked quickly and when it snows it is really funny and you have to go to work. Watching friends and all the other random people have their time in life, while you can not participate in it, gives you a burning sensation.
This brings us to your other option, the option that most people choose for your shoes. Get a temporary job at your place of residence. It has its benefits, such as meeting people, earning money, and perhaps learning new skills. Not all jobs in the recreation area will be part of the resort itself. However, if you are going to work at a resort, do not worry about buying a passport anymore, because this residence will give you a passport. Typically this is in a payment plan that automatically deducts you from your salary. Just remember, if you get a “free” license through your job, they will be completely under control. Every day you decide to contact the patient, your passport is suspended for the day you can not ride anyway.
Many of you can not save this amount of money and if you want to do something like this you will have to work. In this case, the job you choose also plays an important role in your ride rate. Night jobs are great because if you can wake up you can ride during the day. You can take a cheap course and become a ski / snowboard instructor. Then you get paid to stay in the snow. Only, you do not do what you want to do and do not hit the points you want to hit, you mostly teach the basics to beginners all day. Just make sure you choose wisely, some of the best jobs are the least sought after.
Many people live and work in the hills for a large part or even their whole life. This is just a short guide and the culmination of this lifestyle, there is more to write about. If you do, you will not regret it, even for a season. This is something you will remember for the rest of your life. You will meet thousands of amazing people and make wonderful friends, you will party like a rock and snowboard star every day. If this’s one of your dreams come true, then what are you waiting for?