Mar 11, 2013

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In Praise of the Cheesy Ski Movie

In the classic South Park episode “Asspen”, Stan and his friends unwittingly stumble upon the tropes of a hallowed movie genre. They go for a weekend ski trip in Aspen, where unbeknownst to them a rich developer is trying to buy the area’s slopes and turn it into a swanky resort. Stan, from a humble background, becomes romantically entangled with a rich girl. There are practical jokes on skis. The orphanage needs to be saved. There will be an epic ski race to determine the fates of the characters and resolve any loose threads.

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Feb 8, 2013

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The Ski Town Hustle: How to Get Paid in a Ski Town Without a Job

The Ski Town Hustle:  How to Get Paid in a Ski Town Without a Job

There is a catch-22 to living in a ski town.  Pretty much everything that you want to do in winter costs money.  And very few people actually make money simply by skiing or snowboarding.  There usually is a catch if they do:  shuttling around whining kids and snow-plowing beginners.  

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Feb 5, 2013

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Movies That Have Hurt the Ski Bum Image

Movies That Have Hurt the Ski Bum Image

Living in a resort town, you see a lot of people who visit with certain expectations of the so-called “ski-bum” lifestyle.  Whether it is by the brand new wardrobe, the state of their credit limit, or a vernacular that implies good intentions, yet might as well be a tatoo on your head that says “tourist”. 

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Jan 14, 2013

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The Best and Worst Ski Resort Jobs

The Best and Worst Ski Resort Jobs

Ski resorts are known as a haven for the rich.  Just for the right to sit on a chairlift, you are likely spending $100 at anywhere decent.  Factor in hotel, restaurants, partying, and you are

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Jan 10, 2013

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How to Know if You’re Finally a “Local” Skier

How to Know if You’re Finally a “Local” Skier

Being local in a ski town is often a bit of a misconception.  Except for the minute percentage that actually was born and raised in the mountains, most people have another hometown from whence they

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Jan 9, 2013

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Worst Outdoor Trends of 2012

Worst Outdoor Trends of 2012

Let’s face it, in the outdoors, there are no bad years. There are rough times and spoiled plans but in the end, it’s usually our own fault when things don’t go as planned. As 2012

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