The Most Valuable Snowboard Tool

Last week I talked about the 3 lies snowboarders tell themselves – but there’s one really big lie that I didn’t mention.

I don’t get enough time to snowboard

I’ve heard this excuse from so many people:

I don’t have enough time to progress my snowboarding.

That’s bs. In fact, the one thing we’re all born with is time. We all have 24 hours in a day.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some of you who have kids or families and yes, that does complicate things and take up time, but a majority of you guys haven’t settled down yet. The site stats tells me that most of you are single and between 18-35.

You have time – you just haven’t taken advantage of it.

What are you doing with your time?

It’s really up to you what you do with your time.

7 years ago I was in Uni with only 2 days of snowboarding under my belt. Now I’m running a snowboard company and I get to travel the world and snowboard as much as I want.

I used my time to pursue the things I loved and in this case it was snowboarding and freedom.

I can talk to any number of people in Whistler and they’ll all tell me similar stories involving falling in love with snowboarding and moving to Whistler. They used their time to move themselves closer to the snow and take the risks necessary to do what they love.

If you don’t have time to snowboard, you probably just aren’t trying hard enough. And that’s fine, not everyone wants to snowboard 24/7, but there’s almost always a way to find the time and energy to get what you want, it just depends how much you want it.

What you do with your time is up to you, but I highly encourage you not to waste it. You can do amazing things with your time and it really is your most valuable asset.

Don’t waste it.

– Jed

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  1. I agree but you may also hear it often because many people just live not near a mountain where they can snowboard. They just can’t drive to a resort which is maybe 100 km every week…

    • I’d say to those people that if they love snowboarding they need to start planning, saving and figuring out how to move closer to the snow so they can snowboard more (especially if they’re young and mobile).

      • Well, you see… Some of us live in countries where there’s no snow or ski resorts. Nada. My only snowboarding is a week’s vacation in Europe, and with 51 weeks of doing nothing snow-related in between (no indoor or dry slopes either) you get pretty rusty and progressing is very hard. Moving to another country isn’t something easily done in these times. It’s not all excuses, y’know.

        • I lived in Malaysia where we had no ski resorts, no snow and it was 30 degrees celsius year round.

          Then I lived in Australia where everyone hangs on beaches not ski resorts.

          Then I made a plan, took action and moved halfway across the world just to snowboard and get 200+ days per year on the ski slopes.

          If you want something enough, you can make it happen. It just depends how important it is to you and how much you want it. Is it important enough for you to figure out how to relocate? That’s the question you have to ask and if you ask most ski bums, you’ll find many of them relocated because of their love for snow.

          For example, if I told you that if you didn’t ride 100 days next season, you would die, would you be able to ride 100 days next season? I’m sure you’d find a way.

          While obviously that’s an extreme example, all I’m saying is you can find ways to do what you want, it’s just a matter of do you want to put in the work, effort, time and go through the difficulty of getting what you want.

          I’m not saying relocate right now because not everyone wants to ride 100-200 days per year, for some 10-20 is enough, but you have to decide how much you want it and how much is right for you and make it happen without making excuses.

          • I had a feeling relocation would come up. Well, It wasn’t an option until a couple of months ago – I’ve served in the army for 6 years. Since I finished that I’ve been making an effort to find a (legal!) path somewhere more snowy but it’s a long, hard process with no guarantees. I’m a married man, who’s also the only son of two people close to retirement age who need me to take care of them. Despite my dreams and goals sometimes you’ve got to admit a man has some responsibility that’s above his own selfish ambitions. Life is a long list of compromises and excuses my friend.

        • I think in your case you aren’t making excuses at all. Family always comes first and having a wife and parents to take care of is important and I wouldn’t fault anyone for putting family first.

          I think the key though is you’re not sitting around (like many guys do) just twiddling your thumbs and wishing you could get more days on snow, you’re actually trying your best to figure out a way that will get you there within your situation and I think that’s the best you can do really when you have family that depends on you.

  2. heh, yay, I’m an outlier on the bell curve, 39 years old! 😛

    I’d love to snowboard more, but by the same degree, I’m happy with the interests I have in my life and the balance I’ve struck. While I don’t get a lot of time, I get enough and am happy with the status quo. There’s a lot of things I’d love to do more of, its just a case of finding that happy balance.

    heh, and as far as Jess’ comment goes – I travel 800km to board in country, and fly 9 hours to board in Japan. I could live closer, but choose not to.

    • I think you’ve found a good spot once you’ve found that balance.

      Even I like to take breaks away from snowboarding every year to travel and do other things, so I can totally understand where you’re coming from on that. Have to live balanced otherwise you end up burning out and miss out on other things.

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