You can have a successful career and ski your brains out, too. SKI Magazine is living proof. Four years ago, SKI announced its plans to leave New York City, the publishing capital of the universe, and relocate to Boulder, Colo., best known at the time as the home base of Mork and Mindy. Stuffy New York editor types-those folks who worship the famous New Yorker poster in which the world ends at the Hudson River-were aghast. You can't publish a quality national magazine in such a cultural backwater! Where will you find the creative talent?
The energy? All the black clothing?Only half the staff decided to make the move west, but we've had no problem finding high-quality editors and art directors who are not only good at what they do, but also live and breathe their jobs. When they aren't in the office, they're in the mountains, testing new gear and clothing, checking out resorts, talking to skiers and basically doing their jobs-something not geographically possible in New York. And we've had three record years to show for it.
I dearly miss the energy, creativity and variety of New York City life, and I can understand how many of my good friends are hooked on Manhattan. I don't miss the four-hour commute, the traffic, the high cost of living, the incessant noise...and Yankees fans. And SKI staffers do get to return to the Big Apple on magazine business, a break that allows them the chance to catch a Broadway play, to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art-or to accept a coveted award for SKI as the best Sports & Leisure magazine in the country, an event that has occurred twice since we relocated to the alleged hinterlands.
There is a middle ground, and there are places where you can enjoy big-city living and still ski after work. In this special "Live Well, Play Hard" issue of SKI, we write about five big cities that embrace skiing as a critical thread in their fabric-and offer high-paying jobs, culture and a strong sense of community. Seattle, Vancouver, Salt Lake City, Denver (a short drive from Boulder, it's home to half of SKI's staff) and Boston are packed full of successful career people who still manage 30, 40, 50 and even more ski days a year.
And you can even take it a step further. In the second part of our package, we look at five people who made the move to true ski country. Some are there temporarily as ski bums, while others have managed to carve out a career and a family life in the mountains. Having spent 12 years editing newspapers and magazines in Breckenridge, Colo., Aspen, Colo., and Sugarbush, Vt., I know firsthand that you can have your cake and eat it, too.
Perhaps you should ask yourself this question: Would you be doing the job you're now doing, living where you're living, if money were not an issue? If the answer is "no," go immediately to "Live Well, Play Hard."