I was a ski bum in Denver

Our goal was to find the cheapest ski lodge we could find and hit the slopes.

  • At the time – some 20 years ago at this point – Ed and I had very little money.

We did have skis, and gear, and enough gas money to get the best slopes in this part of Colorado. Halfway up the mountain our car stalled out, and then skidded off the road into an embankment. The car was old and problematic anyway, so instead of calling for a wrecker Ed and I decided to pack up our gear and keep walking up the mountain. We were just outside of Denver, with no way to get back home, but our top priority was to ski! 24 hours later we were hoofing it back into town carrying our ski gear because we no longer had a ride. Thankfully Denver takes care of its visitors, and we found a local hostel with a room we could afford. The next morning Ed went out to explore the area in Denver, and try to score some cannabis for us. At this time cannabis was not yet legal in Denver, but it still wasn’t hard to find. In fact, Ed scored some extra cannabis on spec, so we could sell it around Denver and make a little extra money. Ed and I became Denver ski bums, living day by day, and hustling to make enough money to hit the slopes again. Ed and I lived in Denver for roughly six months, and to this day I consider it the most fun I’ve ever had.

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