32. Ski-Bum for a winter

On our 2010 Life List: ski-bum for a winter.

Sep 1, 2010
Outside Magazine

Telluride    Photo: Don Beresini

To find out how, we went to the source, 20-year-veteran ski bum George Kuckly, of Telluride, Colorado, who said: "The big misperception is that working as a liftie is the ultimate ski-bum job. It's not. That just guarantees that you'll be working on every single powder day. What you want is a night job. I worked as a dishwasher for my first eight years. Bartending, waiting tables—that's another unrealistic situation. Those jobs are locked down by the locals. I drove the transportation bus at night. And don't think you're going to find a nice room for $300 a month. Try $1,000. I live in a three-bedroom, the last ski-bum house in town. It's basically nice winter camping. If you're fortunate, you can ski-bum in a lot of luxury. But at the end of the day, whether you have six zeroes at the end of your bank account or two, we're all on the mountain to get after the same thing. In Telluride, that makes us one big happy family."