It's not 6 degrees of separation, it's really about 1. Here's my deal: I live in Stamford, drive up to Sugarbush on weekends, am booked for the Goldminer's daughter in January, and get this: I think just about all the time about making a mountain life out west somewhere. Yeah, I'm really bitten by this stuff. I first skied Snowbird/Alta last year and was just in awe of the place. Am bringing 2 old buddies with me this year. As for chucking it all and moving to Colorado? I think it takes a lot of thought and research. At most resorts you meet aging ski bums, and can't say they strike me as so happy. Ideally, you want to first have some sort of career, then ski bum. The trick is not to wait too long, or to get too tied down with wives, kids, etc. Maybe a good choice at first is this: move to Denver, get a decent job and become an I-70 weekend warrior. See how it goes then adjust. I love Vermont, but nothing compares to the big boys out west. Hey, how is the GD anyway? I hear good things but don't really know.
I really don't want to be an aging ski bum. That is a pretty scary thought for me. I also don't want to regret not skiing in CO. So, how do I avoid that?? I don't know. I could get a real estate license, work in the town of aspen. Make my own schedule etc etc. Ski in the morning or afternoon. The trick is to be close enough to the mountain, so you don't waste time driving to and from. I would be happy just taking a couple runs and calling it a day if I had appointments in the afternoon. I could do most of my research etc at night.
The idea of Denver and commuting doesn't really make that much sense to me. I still would be driving a lot. And skiing and work would have to be seperated by this commute. Does any of this make sense??
Oh, forgot to mention. If I can find the right girl to make the move w/. I think it would help w/ the costs associated. Besides it would be much nicer to be w/ someone than to be alone. Already have someone in mind, just have to find a way to make it happen!
Chasing your dreams is a great idea. As for finding the right person - totally agree w/ you. It makes it more fun and you can share costs. The Denver area happens to be the top location for active singles in the US. The one thing you say I slightly wonder about is the idea of getting a RE license in Aspen. I'm really not trying to discourage you in any way, I just think if you're really going to rely upon that as a source of income, it's a tough road. Are you already in RE? Can you handle the difficulty of making no money til you close something? This could work if you're really good at that game, otherwise, I think you have to look more towards the usual job ideas. I know at Alta, the lodges there will employ you, feed you, house you and provide lift passes. I personally like Colorado better. Whatever you choose, be very proactive about it. I'm now in my 40's and fear turning into an aging office employee. I dream about the mountain life but can't quite make it happen yet. All the best to you.
I am well aware that I will not have any income from RE in Aspen right away. Could be a long time before anything closes!! It would only be a goal. I could continue doing what I do now in Aspen. Get some sort of job on the mountain. Or something entirely different. I am not encouraged by other people (my parents) to get my RE here in CT, b/c of reasons you stated. By the way I work in a veterinary hospital as a technician. Original goal was to attend vet school. Not going to happen anytime soon. I have a BS and would consider working in healthcare/pharmaceutical; if I stay on my current path.
In the meantime I can look forward to a nice long weekend in VT! And trying to get that nice young lady that wants to move to CO!