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The life of a working ski bum

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Who said ski bums don’t work?

We grabbed a few chairs and learned what it’s like to be a full-time ski bum with a job.

“We live here because we love to play outside,” says Valeria Van Kirk-Busch, senior lift operations manager at Purgatory Resort in southwestern Colorado. Van Kirk-Busch has worked on the mountain for 15 years. “I go through a pair of boots every year. A pair of gloves every year. We ruin all of our stuff and everyday I wake up and I’m like, ‘I cant wait to go to work.’ It’s a lifestyle.”

And when it keeps dumping it’s even better.

We make some turns with her and a few other locals during a nice Colorado storm cycle, and the snow just kept falling.

“I like it when it snows everyday,” she said. “Everybody’s happy.”

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