|Female Ski Bum-in-Training|
The Summit Lodge, Killington, Vermont
Being a ski bum is NOT easy. You try balancing your budget when you can't work days while the mountain is open for skiing. Sometimes I struggle to pay my heating bill, but that's why I have a -20 degree down sleeping bag. I work nights as a waitress and bartender at the Birch Ridge Inn because the owners and the chef understand why I am here. In fact, five years ago I went to my interview straight from the mountain with my snow pants on. Winter weekends are spent coaching the Killington Hopefuls, so that I can ski while most locals are blacked out. In fact, I have been told that when I don't get to ski, I am a real bitch. I can't spend my money on late nights in the bar, expensive vacations or a closet full of clothes. After paying my mortgage, my first priority is to make sure that I have all the necessary gear for the upcoming season. Life is not about holding down some 40 hour a week job so that you can make your retirement dreams come true.
Skiing is Life, and you just work around it :)