Nathan Doneen

Life as a Lifty

For a single winter, I worked at one of North America's most visited ski resorts. The experience was incredible. Not just because the availability of snow or the view out of my front door, but because of the cultural insights.

Along with the constant clash between tourist and local, the culture was to balance the constant conflict between pleasure-seeking and responsibility. In both cases, the clash didn't undo those polar opposites' need for one another. No locals? No ski resort for the tourists' vacation. No way to pay the bills? No way to board the mountain.

I worked hard, but played hard. I did what I had always done, but I tried new things. It was a wild time, so of course, I'm compelled to write about it. Stay tuned for the upcoming book.

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