VIDEO: Living Off the Grid with Mike Basich

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 30, 2015 4:42 pm

Living Off the Grid. It’s a fantasy that almost every nature lover has entertained at some time. To build or commission a home in the city of Nowhere, population You.

However, the real world has a nasty habit of jarring us awake from this daydream. The prospect of halting ones career, sacrificing a steady income, and potentially being completely alone out in nature can be a daunting prospect to even the most seasoned adventurers. Not to mention the fact that if it doesn’t pan out, you’re stuck with a bare bones home on a property that even birds would hesitate to commute to.

That being said, it’s a dream that is far from impossible with the right planning and resources. Proof of this concept can be seen readily in this unique video produced by Seeker Stories.

Take pro-snowboarder Mike Basich. Conditioned from youth to be the best, he traveled the world attending and winning competitions. His income was respectable, his investments prudent, and his future was secure. He was the proud owner of a respectable home and a high-end car. To most, he had already achieved the American dream. To the rest, it was only a matter of time before the dream was realized.

However, the mind is a fickle mistress. There is almost always a stark divide between what we think we want and what we really want, and Mike was no exception. Over time, he realized that his love of the sport was slowly being suffocated by the corporate nature of sponsorship and competitions. He had to deal with sponsors with no affiliation with the snow, middlemen who thought only in terms of profit margin. 15 years ago, Mike quit the pro circuit and never looked back.

At this point, money was no longer a huge concern for him. All he needed was his board, a shelter, and a place to perfect his art. He spent 5 years building what is now his off the grid home in Soda Springs, CA, complete with hot tub and personal ski lift. He wakes up to a view that can be described only as breathtaking, and he spends his days photographing, shredding, and generally following the whims of his heart. The 40 acres he owns is his playground, the home that he built his shrine.

And like most shrines, his may seem minuscule at 225 square feet. To compensate, the interior is decorated and arranged carefully to maximize space and livability. He sleeps on a lofted platform above his hexagonal floor, with two of the walls made entirely of glass. He has no bathroom or shower, but he does have 40 acres of privacy and a hot tub, so we’ll let you figure out creative ways to circumnavigate the problem.

Let this be a reminder to all of us that such a lifestyle is more than possible. It will require time, money and dedication. It will be a jarring change to your lifestyle, and you would sacrifice many comforts you have grown accustomed to. It will seem impossible, foolhardy, and rash, but the return it can bring has the potential to outshine any investment.  Let us never forget the classic saying, as trite as it may be, ‘When there is a will, there is a way.’