Ski Moms Fun Podcast

Ski Mom Ann Garcia Demystifies College Costs and Helps Us Budget for Skiing and Sports

December 15, 2023 The Ski Moms
Ski Moms Fun Podcast
Ski Mom Ann Garcia Demystifies College Costs and Helps Us Budget for Skiing and Sports
Premiun Subscription (AD FREE + Bonus content)
Support the show & get subscriber-only content.
Starting at $3/month Subscribe
Show Notes

Become a Premium Subscriber here.

In this episode we talk with Ann Garcia, ski mom, Certified Financial Planner and author.  Ann is known in the financial industry as “The College Financial Lady”, helping families plan for their children’s education. 

Ann learned to ski at age 3 in Lake Tahoe, and after a harrowing first ski trip, her family became ski hippies, packing up their VW bus and heading out to different destinations from Wyoming to Utah.  Ann loved skiing from the start and later taught her twins to ski. She reflects on some of the special times she’s shared with her children at Cooper Spur (Mt. Hood, Oregon).

Ann walks us through her career path and tells us about her blog that later became a book, How to Pay for College.  Ann has twins, a boy and a girl, they have both recently graduated from college and have started their careers. Ann tells us about navigating the college path with two very different children.

We get some great tips about talking to our kids about the cost of education, college loans and other financial topics. It’s important for a family to be on the same page with their priorities as they start the college exploration path.  Ann recommends we check out the net price calculator tool that is available on all college websites. 

We get some great insights into the broader college scholarship landscape and athletic scholarships.  There are a lot less athletic scholarships, so if you have to pick between a private coach or a private tutor, Ann says go with the tutor!  

And bringing it back to skiing, Ann gives us some tips on how to save money for family ski trips, while also saving for college and retirement. It all starts with a budget, without a budget we can’t make the right financial decisions. 


Cooper Spur Mountain

Ann’s Book:

Save 20% off your Skida orders

Skida is committed to local production, limited edition products, and a fresh perspective.

Each season Skida delights old and new brand fans with whimsical prints for everyone in the family (including dogs!). Practical and pretty, layering on Skida pieces for your winter adventures feels like bringing along a friend. 

Hearty, yummy and perfect for wintery nights in. This digital cookbook brings the very best easy and delicious recipes for you and your family. All recipes were developed by ski moms. 36 tried and true ski mom recipes.

Shop the Ski Moms Cookbook here.

Support the show

Keep up with the Latest from the Ski Moms!
Ski Moms Discount Page:
Ski Moms Ski Rental Homes
Join the 10,000+
Ski Moms Facebook Group

Send us an email and let us know what guests and topics you’d like to hear next!