When I first quit my day job (the first rule of being a ski-bum), I was told that to be an ‘official ski-bum’ I had to ski 100-days a season. Over the last 10 or so years, I have come pretty close to that or exceeded it, but my dedication to the cause is clearly not as hardcore as these guys.
98 people who have skied or ridden their snowboards for at least 100 days for each of the past 10 seasons have been awarded special 1,000-day ski pins from Aspen Skiing Co.
“We realized at the beginning of the year that this was the 10th year of giving out the 100-day pins,” said Xanthe Demas, Skico assistant public relations manager.
About 70 members of the elite club are Skico employees, according to Jeff Hanle, Skico vice president of communication. However, many of them hit the slopes even when they weren’t on duty, so Skico felt they deserved the recognition. Hanle said he was aware of one ski instructor who was at Aspen Mountain just about every day for first tracks, regardless of whether he had clients lined up that day.