Life in a Ski Town



Most people think ski towns are only good for allowing you to sit on mountain tops absorbing breath taking beauty. While ignoring dangers of the environment and just letting loose to float down a mountain in a ghostly smoke of white powder. While that may be true. The allure of a ski town that makes you a bit jealous for not living there is most likely the back drop beauty of high alpine peaks, pristine lakes and the infectious personality of locals. Through their passion for skiing they’ve created these magical iconic vacation destinations around the globe.


Where clocks seem to be broken, and fashion takes a backseat to function. There’s no rush hour traffic or 9-5 culture. Instead, there’s’ a community of passionate personalities that create towns with a soul. Instead of climbing corporate ladders for materialistic gain they climb mountains for recreational gain.

Life in a Ski Town

Life in a ski town marches to a different beat. Where skiing is more than just a sport. Its an entire culture, social outlet and hobby. A romantic lifestyle luring residents to the mountains away from the rat race of convention. Ski towns offer a pastime that significantly shape lives while providing the soul of community.


The attraction for life in a ski town starts as soon as you gaze upon the wooden boardwalks as strangers wave and locals smile. Inviting you in to their way of like only found in a ski town. Life in a ski town is a passionate pursuit of happiness you can find in the suburbs or the big cities. Life in a ski town is one a kind. Life in a ski town isn’t about mortgages, car payments or student loans. It’s about connecting with like-minded individuals while pursuing the passions of life. Days begin before sunrise to start off multi-day hiking adventures in the backcountry; chase down first tracks on a powder day, or even to capture the warm glow of the sun as it makes its way over the peaks onto the valley floor below. Not to start your morning commute to a dead end job you can’t stand.

It’s about knowing the history of your community. The name of the barista that serves you coffee every morning while eating oversized breakfast combos at a place named, Jeremiah’s. Celebrating your anniversary at a quaint, vintage-chic cottage restaurant with backyard seating called Spoons. Picking up camping supplies at a deli called Sweet Cheek Mikes. Meeting up with friends after a day on the slopes at the Drunken Onion, or taking friends out to the local night club called Chubbs. Life in a ski town is all about a way of life that’s built on a foundation of individual connections.

Life in a Ski Town

From the first time you set eyes upon the wooden boardwalks of main street to the captivating beauty of snow covered mountains a connection is made. A pace of life without all the hustle & bustle of a big city is revealed. Instead of feeling out of place you feel like you belong with waves from strangers and smiles from locals. You’ve been immediately invited in. It’s a wonderfully comfortable experience that only ski towns can provide.

Not your usual ski town. Ogden, Utah is more of a army brat suburb with a mountain problem, but if you know were to look you can find the passionate ski bums milling around while waiting for the snow to fly. Life in a ski town varies from mountain to mountain, and while I love the terrain of Powder Mountain I wasn't a huge fan of the character of Ogden. It was a fulls service town, but there was no passion. Life in a ski town is fueled by passion and the pursuit of happiness.

Life in a Ski Town

The magic of a ski town is generated from the revolving door of souls wandering in and out of town. From the weekend warriors to those that were born & raised. To the seasonal implants looking to sample this lifestyle — all contribute to the “magic” of a ski town. With roots from the early days of mining where struggle & hardship where on the forefront. Ski towns have evolved into a mecca of personal pursuit of happiness. Where the choices of things to do outweigh the battle of things to buy.

Life in a ski town rewrites the rules of society by rewarding quirky personalities who strengthen the bond of community. By introducing unique community engaged fun for the whole family activities like rubber ducky races on rivers in the spring. Sacrificial ski burnings for the snow gods in the fall. Full moon bike ride pub crawls, and minnow racing booths at free concerts in the park during the summers. Torch light parades on the slopes in the winter. Skijoring & tree lighting ceremonies on main street over the holidays.

Life in a ski town is an all-inclusive rewarding culture. A culture that effects each soul differently, but creates an allure stemmed from the roots of character. A culture that praises instead of ridicules which instills a bit of epidemic envy upon unsuspecting visitors. A culture that contributes to the personality and vibe of ski towns around the globe. A culture that provides overwhelming support because like I said before life in a ski town marches to a different beat.


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2 Comments

  • wow this is beautiful. I am not a cold weather kind of person but I would love to visit. Those alpines looks stunning. Seems like its a lot of fun to live there too.

    • Thanks for visiting my travel blog Jessica glad you enjoyed the read. If you ever get a chance to check out a “deeply” rooted ski town jump in head first. Ski towns are a breed all their own, and full of personality, character & spunk. Creating a very infectious atmosphere. My favorite so far has been Crystal Mountain in Washington.

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