Every fall, thousands of kids just like you move to a mountain town and ride until their legs can’t take it anymore, everyday. Don’t you think you owe it to yourself to do the same? I mean, those knees aren’t getting any fresher, but those colleges will still be there for decades. Here’s our foolproof guide to help you get settled in a mountain town next year.
First off, you need a destination. Remember, this is going to be your home mountain for the next season, so you need to pick a place that suits your own needs. In the name of looking out for number one, consider whether or not the park at this resort keeps up on maintenance and rebuilding when needed. If you’re all about the forest, then make sure that there is a variety of natural terrain, both within and above your current ability level. This part is crucial, picking a mountain that offers terrain, both in the park and outside, that is outside of your current ability allows you to grow into it as the season progresses. Trust us, you’re gonna get a lot better just by riding all day, every day, and this way you’ll have some features to look forward to.
Now that you know where you’re going, you can start looking for the ever-so-important job. Here’s some knowledge, the job you find in your mountain town is going to suck. You’re gonna have to deal with whiny kids and their “pissed off because back in my day this was a sport everyone could afford” dads. If you can visit the town you’ve picked before you move there, start looking for night jobs over the summer, they provide the most riding time, therefore they get grabbed up first. If you can’t get to town early, check the mountain’s website. Every single resort lists their seasonal jobs online, but you need to apply for that stuff several months before you make your move. Then you can use that job to get started, and try to find yourself a night job. You’ll thank yourself once you’re getting fresh tracks on that first bluebird pow day. Another little bonus fact…if you haven’t rode powder west of the Mississippi, you haven’t rode powder.
Finally, you’ve made it to the last step, you have to tell your parents. This depends on two variables; your parents hopes and dreams for your future, and your presentation of the idea to them. We can only guide you so far in this quest, but it will definitely benefit you to have a solid plan of where you’re going and where you’ll be working. If mom and dad (or Tom and Brad, we don’t discriminate) are really determined send you towards the halls of higher academia, look into some online classes. Not only are there hundreds of online universities, there are also many accredited schools that offer online classes near mountain towns. That way everyone wins!