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How to be a Ski Bum

Now that winter is upon us there’s an important question to be answered: How do you actually make the ski bum lifestyle happen? Here’s how to work as little as possible, ski every powder day, and still pay your bills. Most of the time.

If you are lucky and can sneak away from work to ski powder, why call in sick? Mobile devices have created the ability to bring the office to the slopes. However, my cardinal rule is to shut everything off when going downhill. The last thing you want is a cell phone ringing through your face shots and spoiling an epic run. The most ludicrous move I have made was to jump into Vail’s back with 18 inches of fresh powder just 15 minutes from a mandatory conference call. With no cell signal in the Bowls I jumped on the Tea Cup Express and raced into the lift shack joined the conference, muted the speaker, and ran out for another deep run. I got 3 laps and still got credit for being on the call.

Skip Work, Ski Powder

How to be a ski bum and keep your corporate job, including the five best cities for skiers and ten tips for power chasing.

Alpine Meadows New Year's Machine

Alpine Meadows Turns a Groomer into a Rolling Stage

Just in time for 2010, California's Alpine Meadows Ski Area is getting hammered with snow and is debuting a high-tech snow cat turned mobile entertainment system with a 210-square-foot stage. The machine will be unveiled at noon on December 31.

Snowbird Powder

How to Flow Powder

Rockered skis have fundamentally changed the way we ski powder. Find out how to step up your game in a step-by-step sequence from Skiing Interactive.