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Old 10-14-2017, 04:24 PM
 
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I am 22 and I'm a safety guy for a construction company in Dallas. My life goal is to find a good job in or near a ski town and essentially be a ski bum on the weekends. First off, is that something that is even feasible? If so, what towns in the Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota region would this be possible for?

Thanks!
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Old 10-14-2017, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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With the states you've mentioned, you might also consider northern Utah. Salt Lake City and all the smaller towns around it are within easy reach of three of the best ski resorts in the world, and there's a lot of employment (population) in that small area. I've skied Alta and Snowbird and found the skiing super. Got into the best powder I've ever seen in Alta. Nice!!!! But if you want to avoid big cities and all that comes with them, forget it. I went through SLC a couple times in August, and the traffic was crazy all the way from west of town until past Park City going east. It's like Denver... or Dallas! I hate it.

I'm afraid I don't know what size and type of construction companies or other industries hire "safety guy(s)." Are we talking road and bridge construction? Mine or oil field construction? Windmills? High rise construction? Homes? How about counties and cities? Do they hire your type? The only safety guys I've personally known were in coal mining, and I think the few I knew transferred into safety from other fields within their companies.

I don't know why your plan wouldn't be feasible if you can find the right job. Good luck with it!
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:13 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I am 22 and I'm a safety guy for a construction company in Dallas. My life goal is to find a good job in or near a ski town and essentially be a ski bum on the weekends. First off, is that something that is even feasible? If so, what towns in the Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota region would this be possible for?

Thanks!
Jackson is about the only place in Wyoming where you could do that and the cost of living is ridiculous. In Montana you have Big Sky (great if you have a few hundred thousand), Bozeman, Red Lodge, and Whitefish. I don't know as much about Red Lodge but Bozeman and Whitefish are expensive as well. I'm not sure about Idaho and South Dakota. Just do your homework before you go anywhere (which you've already started doing I see).
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Old 10-14-2017, 10:13 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback! I'll have to look into Utah. As far as jobs are concerned, it doesn't necessarily have to be safety related. Any decent job in general for someone like me who has a bachelors degree. I have a safety degree but am not necessarily dead set on working in safety.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:45 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Thanks for the feedback! I'll have to look into Utah. As far as jobs are concerned, it doesn't necessarily have to be safety related. Any decent job in general for someone like me who has a bachelors degree. I have a safety degree but am not necessarily dead set on working in safety.
I'm not sure what religion you are, but be aware that the majority religion in Utah is LDS and Utah is the closest to a theocracy you'll see in the USA. I'm not saying anything against followers of the religion but it could be a shock. Sorry if I'm being a total naysayer here.
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Old 10-15-2017, 06:26 AM
 
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Just as a FWIW from a former ski bum (Bozeman, MT the early 1990s), you'll find a *LOT* more opportunity to work weekends and buy the cheaper weekday tickets. There's always demand for people to work when everyone else is playing, but it also puts a kink into any sort of social life. Depending on the job, it could be a Major kink, I worked overnight audit in hotels from 11pm~7am (and then went skiing till noon~1 with my weekday season pass.

Other options from the hard-core ski bums are to work high pay, lots of hours, high risk jobs through the summer (fishing/hunting guides in Alaska, oil-patch work, etc...) and then take the winter off to be a ski bum. Some of the guys I hung with had it down to an art.. and sent back some Awesome summer treats (smoked salmon and jerky).
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I'm not sure what religion you are, but be aware that the majority religion in Utah is LDS and Utah is the closest to a theocracy you'll see in the USA. I'm not saying anything against followers of the religion but it could be a shock. Sorry if I'm being a total naysayer here.
Salt Lake City itself is actually fairly liberal. The city hasn't had a Republican mayor since the mid-1980s. Today's mayor is a lesbian woman who is married to her partner. The rest of Utah (with a few pockets of exceptions) is much more conservative and much more heavily LDS.
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:50 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Salt Lake City itself is actually fairly liberal. The city hasn't had a Republican mayor since the mid-1980s. Today's mayor is a lesbian woman who is married to her partner. The rest of Utah (with a few pockets of exceptions) is much more conservative and much more heavily LDS.
Interesting. I always got a super religious vibe from Salt Lake when I visited but I didn't know that about it.
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Old 10-15-2017, 02:45 PM
 
Location: WY
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In Wyoming, if you are looking for a true ski town/ski resort town, all you have is Jackson.
There are 3 ski areas in the Jackson area: Snow King-in town, Teton Village (Jackson Hole),
and Grand Targhee, which is on the backside of the Tetons-via Idaho and Alta, Wyoming.
It's the only place in Wyoming to get the full slope goat experience if that's what you want.

I'm not a skier-but I'll try to think of the rest of the ski hills: After Jackson, all we have are
what might be known as local ski areas. Basically lifts and a lodge with nachos and hot dogs.

White Pine-oldest in WY. Pinedale. Pinedale is kinda resort like, but not a really a ski town.
Pine Creek-is northeast of Cokeville in SW WY. Cokeville gets snow, but isn't a resort town.
Sleeping Giant-west of Cody. Cody is a summer resort and mostly snowmobiles in winter.
Antelope Butte-reopening this Dec. Up on the Bighorns between Sheridan and Greybull.
Meadowlark-also up on the Bighorn Mtns, but on Hwy 16 between Buffalo and Ten Sleep.
Hogadon-on Casper Mtn, above the city of Casper. Short drive, but Casper's not a ski town.
Snowy Range-west of Laramie. Laramie is a college town-also not too far to Steamboat Sps.

Jackson is a tuff nut to crack. Avg. home price is 1.2 million. Lots of multi-millionaires, so
a good job there is lawyer or real estate. There are some construction outfits in Jackson.
Most young guys like you are living with a couple roomies in a stack-a-shack, so they can
afford the rent. Affordable housing for sale in town is deed-restricted, so you aren't able to
gain appreciation on it-the reasoning is that if you could, well, it wouldn't stay affordable.
Jackson Hole is the common image of Wyoming, but isn't typical of Wyoming. Celebrities,
rich aesthetes, cappuccino cowboys, angry socialist eco warriors, and los escondidos-the
Mexican people who make beds, wash dishes, and run the fast food grills or lawn mowers.
It makes an interesting mix. The natural amenities are spectacular, but I often sense an
under-the-surface irritability that probably stems from it being difficult just to make ends.
I've seen this just walking around town. Tourist driver that pauses at an intersection to
decide which way to go gets yelled at....denigrating tourists virtue-signals your coolness.
Oh, and nothing says, Hey, I'm local! like a bossy "Slow Down Wildlife On Road" bumper
sticker on your 15 year old Subaru Outback. Anyway, if you really liked the Jackson area,
you might live in Etna/Thayne or Victor/Driggs and commute into town. That's what lots
of people wind up doing. You might want to check it out when you get vacation time.
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:45 AM
 
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few "ski bums" do much more than work their butts off in ski season jobs to make ends meet to be able to enjoy the skiing that they want to do in ski resort areas. Typically, they give up a lot of other aspects of their lives to be able to stay in/around the ski slopes.

Shared housing and living pay-day to pay-day is pretty common. The "ski bums" who get to spend most of their time on the slopes are the ones with jobs that center around the skiing ... such as ski instructors or ski patrol workers.

IMO, and having seen a lot of folks whose lives centered around skiing each year over the last 5 decades ... is get the best paying job you can get in your regular work so that you can afford your skiing habit. You'll get to do a lot more skiing this way than being a "ski bum", working in a ski resort only on weekends ... and competing with the full timers who are in the area to make their living.

You may also want to consider finding employment that gives you your "weekend" during the week rather than on weekends. You'll generally have fewer skiers on the slopes mid-week than on weekends ... which can mean lesser traffic to/from the slopes, lodging deals, and other promotions lowering your skiing days cost while enjoying fewer skiers on the slopes/lift lines.

SLC to the nearby ski slopes is but one good option. Lots of construction going on in the Salt Lake area right now, it's in a housing boom and demand is exceeding supply right now. New rental housing is being rented/occupied as fast as it is built these days. Denver, too, is in boom times right now and access to numerous ski resorts during the week isn't the zoo that weekend traffic presents. Both locales, however, do have a lot of big city traffic to deal with these days. You may want to check out the Idaho ski resort towns. In Wyoming, you're pretty much limited to Jackson ... finding employment that will allow you to live nearby and afford to ski may be problematic.
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