The Story Behind Ski Anything – What Brought This Site and the Journey Behind It to Life?

by Adam on May 19, 2010

There comes a time in life when we question where we are going, what we are doing and begin to wonder if maybe there is more to life than the daily grind.  You’ve probably got a passion or two that you would love to dedicate more time to, maybe something you are really good at.  Maybe you wonder if you could turn it into a job or a business.  Maybe you’re simply yearning to get out of that cubicle and really live your life, get out and move your body, breathe some fresh air and soak up some sunlight all year round.

For me, that passion has always been skiing.  I’ll go Ski Anything (well almost anything) anywhere any time I can get a way.  After 5.5 years of Industrial Engineering @ the University of Pittsburgh, teaching skiing in my teens and twenties, bar tending along the way and finally spending the last 10 years or so in a cube starting at a computer screen away from the sunlight and the outdoors and getting exercise 99% of the time on a machine in a gym, it was time for a change.

For a number of those cubicle years, skiing was hardly even an activity at all.  Sunday nights, Blue Mountain up in the Poconos of Pennsylvania would have cheap lift tickets.  That was the extent of the season along with a trip out west to Summit County in Colorado, Lake Tahoe in (California/Nevada), Kalispell in Montana, and there was even a trip to Las Lenas Argentina and a European trip to Interlaken Switzerland.

Growing up, weekends were spent skiing and teaching skiing at 7 Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania where I would ski anything and everything they had (which wasn’t a whole lot compared to the western resorts).  Even with a modest mountain if you put your mind to it, you can become a damn good skier by skiing the crust, ice, crud, spring slush, and occasional powder day at the smallest of resorts.  The average day at 7 Springs would consist of up to 14 hours out on the slopes and include a mix of teaching beginner and intermediate group lessons, a private here and there and then stealing away off to the bumps on Stowe, Avalanche or other slopes where a few moguls had developed.

By 2007, most of those activities were becoming faded memories.  In 2007, the passion to ski anything returned with a ski house up at Elk Mountain and once again skiing every single weekend (or damn near it).  By late 2009, I was teetering on the edge of letting go of everything one “is supposed to do” to go ski anything and everything I could while time, finances, health and physical endurance permitted.

On Feb 17th, 2010, I left my cubicle job to go ski.  I had no immediate plan for another job (and maybe that is a good thing, since the economy doesn’t seem to be creating many of them!).  I didn’t even really have a plan and I wasn’t sure I was going to do it until I did it!  I was almost as shocked as the person I gave notice to that I was actually doing it!  Since I quit, I got no severance, no unemployment benefits, no health insurance subsidy.

I just got my life back and with it time to go ski anything I wanted to.  This site, Ski Anything is about that journey.  Taking a blind jump out of the corporate world at 36 years of age to go live life, to go have fun, to go push boundaries and to not look back and spend my life “wishing I had done it”.  It was time to kick off a journey that could lead around the world to new experiences, new horizons, new people and relationships. To cross some things off the bucket list and maybe fill it with a whole new set of to do and see experiences that could never have been conceived of without taking the first step.

Whether you want to learn to ski, learn to teach skiing, take a ski trip, create a long term ski adventure,  become a full time ski bum, or just live life a little more dangerously from your cubicle as you salivate at the freedom that awaits once you walk out that door and don’t return for a month or six or a year or a lifetime, this site will show you what it is like, the places you can go, the opportunities that await and the ups n’ downs of jumping off that ledge into the bumpy road that lies ahead!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

sthrendyle May 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Glad to see you living the dream, take care, stay safe, and don’t get injured. As someone who has lived his life with varying degrees of success within the ski industry, all I can say is that it is indeed a bumpy road. I came across your blog on a Google alert and while I’m not likely to become a regular visitor, I hope you enjoy the ride!

admin May 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Thanks for the comments, it’s been great so far! Possibly the best spring conditions at Snowbird in years have made for an amazing start and it looks like Mammoth may be even better! The more bumps the better, though there has been to much snow to get any so far!
–Adam

Susie Egyhazi August 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Hi Adam,
We met yesterday in the gift shop@the Wort Hotel in Jackson Wyoming. It was so enjoyable talking with you. Your story and my story are very similar. Only difference is, I waited 17 extra years to take the journey. I got the travel bug! It’s been an amazing 3 year adventure for me and plan on many more to come.

Be safe in your travels, experience new places and have a blast doing it. Be FREE!!!!!

Adam August 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Hey Susie –

Great to meet you and talk about travel and experiences yesterday. You sure picked a GREAT place to settle down for now! There is so much to see and do around here and lots of other parks close by, just might have to come back next year for more than a few days!

–Adam

Roberto Galli September 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Adam,
Great motivation, great story, great meeting you.
I have a similar story, work work and work again: but for what? does this make me happier here and today?

thanks for sharing with us your marvellous story and hope you’ll have a brilliant time in your trip,

Roberto

PS: I still think you should have more pictures of yourself!

Debbie October 14, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Finally got around to your site! You are having the time of your life, enjoy it to the fullest! I wish I had the nerve to be more like you when I was younger, but I have a new attitude now in the last couple years and I will no longer wait to have some adventure in my life.There is a big world out there to see and I can’t wait!!!!

Adam October 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

And here I thought you were reading it every day Deb! :) Sometimes the best or most important thing to know is what you don’t (know) and ya never know what’s out there till ya go explore. Who knows where this will all lead but there won’t be any regrets, that’s for sure! If you can dream it, you can usually figure out a way to do it one way or another!

Corey December 3, 2010 at 3:11 am

I randomly stumbled upon this blog but your story is very intriguing and I wish you the best of luck. I work in a cube and think about just giving it up every day and seeing what life brings so you are definitely an inspiration. I got ya book marked, hope the skiing is good this winter!

Adam December 3, 2010 at 3:28 am

Thanks for the warm wishes, Corey! SkiAnything v.2 kicks off in a week or two. About 40 National Parks from Shenandoah, VA to Big Bend, TX, Death Valley and then on to shred Heavenly Valley and Mammoth for the winter. Lots of cool sights coming up soon!

–Adam

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