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post #121 of 255
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post

 

I'm not sure how much value that map has, as it lists only "Total Skiers/Boarders."  Skiers/Boarders per capita would be a better measurement, imo.

 

I'm not surprised by the 7% skier population in SLC, though.  

Hell, in Sandpoint, Schweitzer is adjacent to and clearly visible from town.  It surprises me how many people most apparently) don't ski here despite that immediate proximity...just 10 miles up the road.


   I know theres a big lake up there but what else do they do then its pretty remote im surprised theres not alot of skiing up there as well from what your saying.

post #122 of 255
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Originally Posted by VeganFreeskier View Post


Depends on what OP means by 'ski town'. If he means a small town where almost everyone skis that's right at the base of a ski resort, you're very right. But based on how the topic post is worded, I took it to mean a pretty big city that is fairly close to good ski areas, in which case SLC is a perfect match.

SLC has now been determined to be too polluted for babies.
post #123 of 255
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Do you patrol up there or work at the resort? 

 

Neither. My only relationship with the resort is that I ski there more days than not.

post #124 of 255
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Originally Posted by Girdwoodguy View Post

 

Neither. My only relationship with the resort is that I ski there more days than not.

just curious I know a patroller up there.   I am planning a trip up in May, hope they are still open.  

post #125 of 255
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Originally Posted by VeganFreeskier View Post


Depends on what OP means by 'ski town'. If he means a small town where almost everyone skis that's right at the base of a ski resort, you're very right. 

 Yep. That is a pretty accurate description of Girdwood. But we are a small town where everybody skis and can still drive into the city for a real job if they want one.

post #126 of 255
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Girdwood is a ski town, SLC is not.   Only 7% of the population of SLC even skis at all,  in a ski town,  it's the inverse.

Its funny, this reminds me of the year I spent in Boulder, almost 50 years ago now, very few people from Boulder or Denver skied. That was before the tunnel opened so everyone going beyond Loveland had to drive over the pass off course which could be grim.  As a freshman, I wasn't allowed to have a car so we had to hitch hike with our skis. Very few cars came along headed for ski country but we somehow managed to get to Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, A Basin nonetheless but I remember standing out there in front of A Basin as it was getting dark wondering if anyone would come along. Probably the dearth of cars and our obvious plight actually caused people to pick us up who wouldn't have otherwise. No public transportation to ski country, few skiers. It was pretty amazing for us who had come there partly for the famous skiing (we'd all watched those Warren Miller movies) to realize almost no one skied. Now I hear about the traffic jams on I 70 and all. I've often wondered if the growth of skiing there wasn't from people moving from elsewhere. SLC is similarly astonishing. Sitting right there next to some of the best skiing on earth you might expect that everyone would ski.

post #127 of 255
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Its funny, this reminds me of the year I spent in Boulder, almost 50 years ago now, very few people from Boulder or Denver skied. That was before the tunnel opened so everyone going beyond Loveland had to drive over the pass off course which could be grim.  As a freshman, I wasn't allowed to have a car so we had to hitch hike with our skis. Very few cars came along headed for ski country but we somehow managed to get to Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, A Basin nonetheless but I remember standing out there in front of A Basin as it was getting dark wondering if anyone would come along. Probably the dearth of cars and our obvious plight actually caused people to pick us up who wouldn't have otherwise. No public transportation to ski country, few skiers. It was pretty amazing for us who had come there partly for the famous skiing (we'd all watched those Warren Miller movies) to realize almost no one skied. Now I hear about the traffic jams on I 70 and all. I've often wondered if the growth of skiing there wasn't from people moving from elsewhere. SLC is similarly astonishing. Sitting right there next to some of the best skiing on earth you might expect that everyone would ski.

You would be surprised at how many people in southern california who never go in the ocean!    They go to the beach but won't enter the water.... 

post #128 of 255
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You would be surprised at how many people in southern california who never go in the ocean!    They go to the beach but won't enter the water.... 


 Same thing here in FL, i live 15min from the #1 rated beach in the USA this year on tripadvisor, alot of the people have never even been to it that live here.

post #129 of 255
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Girdwood is a ski town, SLC is not.   Only 7% of the population of SLC even skis at all,  in a ski town,  it's the inverse.

The idea that SLC is not a ski town in some form is silly. It's not a resort town, but given the number of accessible resorts, large ski culture and concentration of ski and related industry, it's most definitely a ski town. I also doubt that 7 percent figure. 

post #130 of 255

The 7% figure doesn't surprise me.  No one I work with skis, very few people I know that live in SLC ski.  For the SLC natives, a trip to Park City is a major outing. 

post #131 of 255

Three thumbs up for Coeur d'Alene/Sandpoint, ID!  5 ski mountains within an hour an a half, rivers and lakes galore, unlimited outdoor fun, CDA 40 minutes from the airport, and reasonable housing and cost of living.  I intend to stay here forever, the rest of you can stay away.

post #132 of 255
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Originally Posted by Quiver Queen View Post

Three thumbs up for Coeur d'Alene/Sandpoint, ID!  5 ski mountains within an hour an a half, rivers and lakes galore, unlimited outdoor fun, CDA 40 minutes from the airport, and reasonable housing and cost of living.  I intend to stay here forever, the rest of you can stay away.

Doesn't Couer d'Alene have a massive pollution problem? I seem to remember being told that  a number of years ago there were some very large tailings ponds full of heavy metals from the mining days that let go and polluted the water supply and the lake.  Tell me it isn't so.

post #133 of 255

Ok i dont understand how these western cities like slc etc which dont seem to have a huge population have these pollution smog issues ?
 

post #134 of 255
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Ok i dont understand how these western cities like slc etc which dont seem to have a huge population have these pollution smog issues ?
 

 

It has to do with temperature layers and geographical placement at the bottom of a valley. When the conditions set up for it, smog will get trapped in the layer of air on the ground.

post #135 of 255
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Originally Posted by Quiver Queen View Post

Three thumbs up for Coeur d'Alene/Sandpoint, ID!  5 ski mountains within an hour an a half, rivers and lakes galore, unlimited outdoor fun, CDA 40 minutes from the airport, and reasonable housing and cost of living.  I intend to stay here forever, the rest of you can stay away.


Is there an award for getting people to move to this area or are the people that live there just lonely?

post #136 of 255
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Originally Posted by Quiver Queen View Post

Three thumbs up for Coeur d'Alene/Sandpoint, ID!  5 ski mountains within an hour an a half, rivers and lakes galore, unlimited outdoor fun, CDA 40 minutes from the airport, and reasonable housing and cost of living.  I intend to stay here forever, the rest of you can stay away.


Is there an award for getting people to move to this area or are the people that live there just lonely?
Probably just have more to brag about.. My personal preference is to tell people we have a lot of fog...
post #137 of 255
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Probably just have more to brag about.. My personal preference is to tell people we have a lot of fog...


"I hear them trains a coming......"  It took ten minutes for you to respond outta the fog!

post #138 of 255
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Probably just have more to brag about.. My personal preference is to tell people we have a lot of fog...


"I hear them trains a coming......"  It took ten minutes for you to respond outta the fog!
Missing your point.. I don't live there. I just understand her enthusiasm, but try to control my urge to infect others with mine. Personally would prefer people moved to Standpoint. By the way, they have more snow than we do this year..
post #139 of 255
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Originally Posted by oisin View Post

Doesn't Couer d'Alene have a massive pollution problem? I seem to remember being told that  a number of years ago there were some very large tailings ponds full of heavy metals from the mining days that let go and polluted the water supply and the lake.  Tell me it isn't so.

Silver Valley produced more silver than the Comstock in California.  Anywhere with gold/silver/copper/and the like will have some heavy metal in the ground and water.  If you were to stir up the entire bottom of the lake, which you can not do, you would have problems.  Gravity is good, but we all knew that.  

 

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Missing your point.. I don't live there. I just understand her enthusiasm, but try to control my urge to infect others with mine. Personally would prefer people moved to Standpoint. By the way, they have more snow than we do this year..

The only really good places for people to move to is somewhere else.  Denver and Salt Lake City are the best!

post #140 of 255

Definitely interested in any thoughts on the best place to ski within 2.5 hours drive from Boston biggrin.gif

post #141 of 255
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Definitely interested in any thoughts on the best place to ski within 2.5 hours drive from Boston biggrin.gif

http://boston.about.com/od/history/a/Skiing-And-Riding-Within-Two-Hours-Of-Boston.htm

 

 

tada!! 

post #142 of 255
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Originally Posted by NayBreak View Post


SLC has now been determined to be too polluted for babies.


The air quality there has taken it off our list of potential places to retire from the military and start our second career. How sad. Reminds me of what SoCal was like 25-30 years ago.

post #143 of 255
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Originally Posted by stevez33 View Post

Ok i dont understand how these western cities like slc etc which dont seem to have a huge population have these pollution smog issues ?
 

The mountains trap the air/pollution particularly when there is an air inversion.

post #144 of 255
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Originally Posted by contesstant View Post


The air quality there has taken it off our list of potential places to retire from the military and start our second career. How sad. Reminds me of what SoCal was like 25-30 years ago.

Yep, SLC air quality during winter inversions is being compared to LA on a bad day (a 'study' was released saying it is bad enough to be unhealthy for vulnerable populations). Now if you can get up in elevation above the inversion layer in terms of living closer to or in the mountains, then you'll just feel like you are sucking an exhaust pipe when you go down into the city and air quality is poor.

The problem with saying 'SLC' or 'Denver' and inferring a single condition, be it traffic or air quality or whatever is that these are sizeable metro areas with significant altitude differences, inversion geographies, etc. I agree totally that this level of pollution is a deal breaker, question typically is whether or not you can spend your way out of it, e.g. Park City.
post #145 of 255

I thought brown air was good? 

post #146 of 255
Maybe pollution doesn't add to the MDQ (Medicated Disease Quiver) in Eden.
post #147 of 255

I have considered looking to live above the inversion because I think we could afford it, but would our daughter still go to school below it. That's the most important issue.

 

As I sit here today with a wicked sinus infection in part due to the particulate matter that hangs out in L.A.

post #148 of 255
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Originally Posted by contesstant View Post

I have considered looking to live above the inversion because I think we could afford it, but would our daughter still go to school below it. That's the most important issue.

 

As I sit here today with a wicked sinus infection in part due to the particulate matter that hangs out in L.A.

Why would nshe have to go to school nin SLC, or are you talking college?

post #149 of 255

We would most likely live in the Ogden area, but in the zone above the inversion. Not sure if there are any schools up out of the inversion in that area or not. No college yet--she's only 6.

post #150 of 255

Where in the Ogden were you planning on living? I can't think of anywhere that would put you above the inversion. 

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