Hello. Thanks in advance for any and all help you can give.
I can't decide where to move to live and ski (or is it the other way around?) other than it'll be in MT, UT, WY, or ID. I'm 31 years old, male and single. What I'm looking for is pretty simple. I'm really blessed. I'm free to go anywhere. The only things I care too much about are:
1a) Large mountain with varied terrain and lots of fresh, sweet powder
1b) Be able to walk to the lift or a bus to the lift
2) Not crowded
3) Good ski/snowboard culture beyond tourism. I want to transition into the industry so it would be great if it were a place I could do that in.
Another thing that is that this is sort of a last minute move. I want to do this in the next week or two but don't have anything set up yet. I've been wanting to do this for awhile and have been working overseas and saving money. I was gonna do this next season but after 2 summers in a row (northern then southern hemisphere) with no winter, I decided I had enough money and it was time. So even if I don't find the perfect place for me right now, I can always just go to a place where it's easy and cheaper to get set up and then make another move over the summer if necessary to a place that is exactly what I'm looking for. Luckily, I'm a cook and have marketing and hospitality experience so finding a job should be pretty easy in ski towns.
Big Sky MT is the place that just seems to jump off the map to me. Pics and video of the mountain and terrain just look amazing and it's supposed to be really uncrowded. I guess there's a bus in town that goes to the mountain.
I'm also considering Utah though. While it's sort of a fantasy of mine to wake up in the morning, walk to the lift and get some first tracks in (instead of having to wake up at 5 in the morning, scrape the ice of the frozen car and drive an hour up some curvy, treacherous mountain pass) the thought of having so many different mountains in close proximity like Utah has is really tempting. Could be worth getting in the habit of getting up at 5 am to check the ski report and decide where I'm headed that morning. SLC is the big hub, but it seems like Park City, Alta etc. are too crowded and I don't want to live in a big city. I'd prefer a smaller town like Ogden or even a bit smaller but those seem to be the places. I guess a bunch of ski companies are moving to Ogden recently so that could be a good place to go to get into the industry possibly.
So where should I go?
(Sorry for the long post but I'm a bit analytical if you couldn't tell ;)