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!