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Mountain Culture

Who You Calling a Bum?

Who are you calling a ski bum? (Illustration: Matt Wood)
Who are you calling a ski bum? (Illustration: Matt Wood)
Ski towns are changing. So are the skiers who live in them.

I don’t care what my friend Andrew says, he’s a ski bum.

He’ll remind you that he works at least 50 hours per week as an executive chef and pulls in enough to cover a mortgage in tony North Lake Tahoe. He’ll say he hasn’t scored the $10 dinner/drink deal at the Hacienda in years and hasn’t called in “sick” on a powder day in even longer.

Soul Mates

Dating, Skiing, Love
Does he have to be able to ski? (Illustration: Matt Wood)
If I live to ski, does he have to?

I once got into a heated debate with some patroller guy friends who said they preferred to date women who didn’t ski so that they could ride with their buddies instead. “That’s ridiculous,” I told them. “I would never date someone who wasn’t a skier.”

Until I did. The first time Nick and I skied together he borrowed gear from
a ski-rep friend named Zach, and when Zach adjusted his binding and asked what his DIN was, Nick’s face went empty. The silence stretched on until
 I jumped in. “Ten,” I told Zach. “Wait, no, maybe eight.”

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