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post #151 of 230
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the main thing Voodoo Doughnuts has going for them is the off-the-wall "flavors". 

Well, you can get married there, which is pretty cool. If you do, please invite me. I love the wedding menu options. Non-legal is cheaper than legal.

http://voodoodoughnut.com/weddings.html

post #152 of 230
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

Actually pretty irrelevant, know what's there and go check them out.  That's the fun of it.  All the Crystalites with their "small mountain" complex, trying to convince themselves that every place else was just awful.  Just posting the stats provided by the resorts themselves lead to a flurry of "We're number one anyway" chants.
 

And Vickieh asked about all kinds of things, not just skiing which lead to a whole bunch of anti-immigrant stuff, telling an Easterner "don't be an obnoxious Easterner" was rude, followed by attack on Portlanders as "smug hipsters" and then don't be a bike commuter or someone will steal it when PDX leads the nation in bike commuting with most commuters riding high end commuter bikes and not having problems with theft because employers and businesses and public transit provide lot of secure bike storage...but noooooo....a whole bunch of people from WA and Montana, suffering from not knowing and being jealous of PDX...chimed in...natering nabobs of negativity.

So I guess you don't ski. Why do you post here again? 

post #153 of 230
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

For real food, St. Honore French Bakery is great.

 

I will give credit where due, you finally managed to get a good suggestion out there.  For the benefit of vickieh if she's still around, this is indeed a great spot.

 

But man, tone down the attitude a little, would you?  You really think that the reason you get into an argument with everyone in every single thread you post in is because of everybody else?

post #154 of 230
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

Actually pretty irrelevant, know what's there and go check them out.  That's the fun of it.  All the Crystalites with their "small mountain" complex, trying to convince themselves that every place else was just awful.  Just posting the stats provided by the resorts themselves lead to a flurry of "We're number one anyway" chants.
 

And Vickieh asked about all kinds of things, not just skiing which lead to a whole bunch of anti-immigrant stuff, telling an Easterner "don't be an obnoxious Easterner" was rude, followed by attack on Portlanders as "smug hipsters" and then don't be a bike commuter or someone will steal it when PDX leads the nation in bike commuting with most commuters riding high end commuter bikes and not having problems with theft because employers and businesses and public transit provide lot of secure bike storage...but noooooo....a whole bunch of people from WA and Montana, suffering from not knowing and being jealous of PDX...chimed in...natering nabobs of negativity.


I see instead of deflecting my comments, you just choose to pretend they didn't happen. It's sad that you are unable to back off a stance even when you have been proven wrong. Serious character flaw there bud.

post #155 of 230
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 Why do you post here again? 


Because someone was moving to PDX and asked for info and thought it would be nice if she got real info from actual PDX'er vs all these PDX wannabes posting from Seattle and Montana hating on "obnoxious Eastern transplants" (the poster), "smug PDX hipsters" (whatever that means to them) and going on jihads putting down PDX ski areas in favor of WA and MT...sheesh...get a life.  Try and talk her into moving to Seattle or Bozeman but dissing the city and people of the spot she picked was, as one of the Montana based PDXperts noted,  a bit obnoxious.

 

Real question why did so many people who have only second hand PDX info, heard from the "cousins in Seattle". post all the hearsay stuff?

 

But it would make for a funny Portlandia episode...all those Seattle posters in black on their beater bikes...in the whirlwind threatening to get anyone traveling to PDOZ and their little dogs.

post #156 of 230
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But man, tone down the attitude a little, would you?  You really think that the reason you get into an argument with everyone in every single thread you post in is because of everybody else?

 

This will never, ever be responded to because it's too obviously accurate.

post #157 of 230
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I see instead of deflecting my comments, you just choose to pretend they didn't happen. It's sad that you are unable to back off a stance even when you have been proven wrong. Serious character flaw there bud.


Sorry...thought you were making a statement...didn't see any question marks.  The top part of the ride up to OHSU is an 8% grade for a over a mile...that's pretty gruesome on a single speed beater and the road has no shoulder and lots of traffic...doubly brutal. Someone said they were commuting that every day on a beater one speed...I'm doubting it.

post #158 of 230
No, she didn't. She said she was commuting it on a two hundred dollar bike. The one speed comment was in regard to other travels. You're the one who read it as she only owned one bike. And, in fact, she's already told you that.
post #159 of 230
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

 

This will never, ever be responded to because it's too obviously accurate.


And if I did I would be accused of having "attitude"...chuckle.

post #160 of 230
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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

 

I will give credit where due, you finally managed to get a good suggestion out there. 

I thought skiing Hood, Bachelor and Crystal were good suggestions.

 

Rent vs. buy and check out all the neighborhoods was a good suggestion.

 

Snow tire vs. AWD was a good suggestion

 

Ignoring the twits who said "Don't be an obnoxious Eastern transplant" was a good suggestion.

 

Watch out for sea lions stealing the salmon off your line was a good suggestion.

 

Think about biking to work was a good suggestion.

 

St. Honore was just one of many good suggestions and answers to questions.

 

And you contributed no suggestions, answered none of the questions...but hey you did get huffy late in the game with those who did...that's something...that's attitude.

post #161 of 230
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

Actually pretty irrelevant, know what's there and go check them out.  That's the fun of it.  All the Crystalites with their "small mountain" complex, trying to convince themselves that every place else was just awful.  Just posting the stats provided by the resorts themselves lead to a flurry of "We're number one anyway" chants.

 

 

Well pdx, I've been very fortunate over my lifetime to have been able to live and ski in some interesting places. My 'favorite' area is a few thousand miles southeast of here. It's small, but fabulously uncrowded and loads of fresh snow with good angle to help on the way down. I'm sure you haven't heard of it. In the PNW, while living in Vancouver BC, I considered WB my home area for 3 - 4 years . If one wants to live close to skiing in a relatively major metropolitan area (though some will argue Van is pretty, but not interesting), there isn't a better place in North America IMHO. (That's 'In my humble opinion'... you're free to differ without being offended or offensive.) Night skiing at the local hills, Whistler, Baker, and more BC options than one can even think about in a lifetime yet alone do.

 

The areas in the general Seattle area (Stevens, the Pass, and Crystal... I live in the area now) are all nice, but very local places. That's OK by me! They are not major destination resorts. I ski Crystal because it's the easiest for me to get there, and when it's raining at the Pass, it'll be snowing  there. I've grown to like it, but have certainly skied other places that are qualitatively and quantitatively better, just not locally. Again, that's just for me and the skiing I like to do. No need for universal application.  I like the touring around Stevens better than the area itself, but if it were closest, I'd be happy to call it home. If I lived in Portland, I'd be a Meadows regular. It's relatively flat, but there's some nice bits of terrain around as well as night skiing and XC skiing. Now if you could meld Meadows and Crystal, you'd have a great place that addresses what the other lacks. Yes, I'm not a Bachelor fan, but that's small beers. If it were the closest area, I'd be happy to call it home as it certainly beats anything in the midwest to a pulp... IMHO... that's where I grew up. The OP is an intermediate. If she chose to do Bachelor, she'd have access to lot's of nice cruising terrain and an excellent ski school. If it were my home hill, I'd buy a pair of SG skis for my non-new snow entertainment days.

 

Like others have said, you have to wonder why it is that you argue with everyone in every thread you post in. Bottom line is, I'd like to think that I could PM folks here on the site if I were heading their direction, enjoy a day of skiing together, and a have couple of beers after the lifts stop spinning.... even in the midwest! Do you feel the same way, or have you burned all your bridges before you've even put your material together? That's for you to answer, not me, nor anyone here in the peanut gallery. Peace. Enjoy Portland and life. It's much to short to care if people claim to commute the Alp du Luez on a 49 x 14 fixy, or on a multi-10k state of the art road machine.... or a 200 Euro beater. It just doesn't matter. And if you ripped up 70 degree slopes at WB, more power to you. Just let the folks who wrote the area guidebook know so they can update it. smile.gif

 

And for fun, a pict of my favorite hill of all I've had the pleasure to call home:

 

 

 

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The goods... yes, that's in transition. It was pretty overhead that day. And yes, that's me:

 

 

 

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My first home hill and the slope where it all started... thanks Mom!!!

 

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Edited by markojp - 4/27/13 at 10:06pm
post #162 of 230
I would like to bring a different perspective of Mt Bachelor. I was having a fun day skiing the trees all around the west side of the mountain. On one ride up I was talking with a guy about the mountain. I have kind of an apologetic way of saying I like Mt Bachelor, fun trees and natural features but except for the cirque not much steeps. So this guy says he moved here a few months from Crested Butte. He said there's serious steeps there and it was kind of nice to be skiing somewhere where your not scared all of the time. And I thought hmm that's a different way to look at things.
post #163 of 230
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

I do see a pattern from the same small group who seem to get in a snit if someone posts a view they disagree with...such as views on PDX by a PDX'er who made the same move Vickieh is planning to make.

I know that you've included me in that small group.  You've called me names and inflated what I've said to make it work for you so you can be insulting.  You're a very good troll.  It's too bad that so many of us have wasted so much time on you.

post #164 of 230
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

How wonderful for you but does your biopic have ANYTHING to do with the thread which was someone's request for info on moving to PDX?

 

I do think it was hilarious to see the same rowdy crowd get totally pawned over on the "Best Ski Area in North America" thread. I went for Whistler and, as I did here, posted some data from the ski resorts with no comment and got a huge blowback from the exact same folks here...hmmm...who just got planted by their own local expert who ranked Whistler No. 2 behind two combined areas in UT, Alta and Snowbird.

 

They just got buried on this thread also as the same called upon expert ranked Bachelor over Crystal...the horror.

 

I do see a pattern from the same small group who seem to get in a snit if someone posts a view they disagree with...such as views on PDX by a PDX'er who made the same move Vickieh is planning to make.

 

 

It's always everyone else. The "How wonderful for you but..." drips with rancor and sarcasm. It's old. I posted for you as I assume I'm one of your Crystal Mtn apologists/cheerleaders, hence the little FYI. Vicki originally sent me a PM asking about Portland in detail. I made no claims about anything to do about PDX, but did suggest epicskiers that she might ask, and even start her own general forum topic thread. That's my connection. Nothing more, nothing less.I did go to my best friend's wedding there, but I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express. The only thing odd about your WB postings was your willingness to go to the mat for 10" of statistical snowfall. I've skied both. I generally like WB better, but they're both spectacular places. IMHO, the two best in NA... haven't been to Silverton yet though. smile.gif Oh, and do re-read the last paragraph of my previous post. Take it to heart.

post #165 of 230
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I would like to bring a different perspective of Mt Bachelor. I was having a fun day skiing the trees all around the west side of the mountain. On one ride up I was talking with a guy about the mountain. I have kind of an apologetic way of saying I like Mt Bachelor, fun trees and natural features but except for the cirque not much steeps. So this guy says he moved here a few months from Crested Butte. He said there's serious steeps there and it was kind of nice to be skiing somewhere where your not scared all of the time. And I thought hmm that's a different way to look at things.

 

It was interesting to see Bachelor rated as top 10 in US on the EpicSki list   I've never skied the backside of Bachelor which, if  you look at the trail map, is all Advanced/Expert.  I thought some of the runs on the Northwest chair were challenging at the top.  When folks from Park City skied Bachelor during Junior Olympics, they liked it a lot and the kids enjoyed it, kids in this case being some of the best skiers in the world.  So I think you can find challenging runs if you want them.

 

Mt. Hood is going to be the majority ski spot for most PDX'ers vs. doing a weekend stay over at Bachelor though I have done Bachelor in a day, it's a long day with 8 hours of driving and 4 hours of skiing.  I only do Bachelor or Crystal on overnighters.

 

On Hood at Meadows (never skied Timberline) skiing the top of Heather Canyon has some steep entries and runs down to the runout.

 

Don't think Vickieh was looking for steeps so much as good skiing access, that's Hood and local potential, Bachelor and Crystal.

 

Nice part of moving to PDX from DC is you can get in a lot of skiing and really improve your game which makes skiing easier and opens up more of the mountain.

post #166 of 230
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

 

It was interesting to see Bachelor rated as top 10 in US on the EpicSki list   I've never skied the backside of Bachelor which, if  you look at the trail map, is all Advanced/Expert.  I thought some of the runs on the Northwest chair were challenging at the top.  When folks from Park City skied Bachelor during Junior Olympics, they liked it a lot and the kids enjoyed it, kids in this case being some of the best skiers in the world.  So I think you can find challenging runs if you want them.

 

That's the thing about Bachelor, it can be a really fun mountain if you let yourself enjoy it. If you get hung up on needing steepness to have fun then there are other mountains that might be better you, but Bachelor has an incredible amount of natural terrain that gets sculpted into interesting shapes from the wind. Just off to the west of the NW Express lift you can find bowl after bowl of natural half pipes with wind lips off which to send it, and rollers of all sizes in the trees. You just start pointing downhill and pick a line free-form. Off to the east face past the Rainbow chair you can find more rolling hills with hidden stashes that stay fresh for hours after a powder dump. These zones are for the advanced to expert but an intermediate can learn in many of the frontside treed areas.

 

One big difference I always notice when I go to ski in other places out of state is that the majority of skiing is on a marked run, with fewer skiable treed areas. At Bachelor 2/3 or more of the mountain is open terrain where you just pick your own line through the widely spaced trees. I like being able to fly through the trees where it's not so steep that I'm on the brakes the whole time. If you spiral off the backside down to the base of the NW lift you can turn it into a 20 minute run.


Edited by Toecutter - 4/28/13 at 6:03am
post #167 of 230
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vickieh, are you even interested in commuting by bike?

 

I will probably be wearing suits to work, unless the standard dress at the office is much more casual than that.  So I don't expect to commute to work via bike.

 

I do own a bike (hybrid ... and apparently embarassingly cheap) and a bike lock, so I plan to ride a bit.  For me, bike riding has been exercise and time to unfocus ("oh, look, there's a rabbit."  "hmmm, I wonder if that homeowner knows he has some shingles missing."), so I prefer car-less bike trails.  If there are plenty of those, I may stick with that.  But in a bike-friendly environment, I will try bike-as-transportation and see if my preference changes.

 

When I visited Hawaii, I had a "you have to earn it to eat it" rule.  With Portland being a foodie town, I may well bike places in order to earn some calories.  But wherever I ride, I'll be on my embarassingly cheap hybrid, no matter what others are riding.

post #168 of 230
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post


I do see a pattern from the same small group who seem to get in a snit if someone posts a view they disagree with...such as views on PDX by a PDX'er who made the same move Vickieh is planning to make.

Boy howdy, Eagles, do we wish you'd stayed wherever it is that you came from. It's pretty clear from the erroneous details you report about Portland and your insistence on arguing with actual Portland natives, that you may live in Portland's city limits but that alone does not make you a "PDX'r". Vickieh on the other hand - I'm happy she's chosen PDX as her new home.

Vickieh - VooDoo doughnuts are fun but nothing earth shattering. It's worth at least one visit and the Sandy location is easiest logistically. They may blow out your pancreas, though, so do beware.

Obligatory ski content - I've skied and worked at two of the three Hood resorts since 1980 and never once did I ever hear anyone say they skied Crystal or were going to ski Crystal unless they were a Seattle transplant. I can't comment on how good it is because I've never skied it, but there you go. Maybe things have changed in the last 12 months. I know driving to that area to ski, for me, wouldn't be worth the traffic and hassle just to ski similar Cascade concrete.
post #169 of 230
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"Flying monkeys threatening my little dog" leads me to ... kennels for times that I'm travelling -- any recommendations?

 

My "Toto" is a 13-year-old beagle (gimme an "awwww").  Energy and attitude, he's more like an 8-year-old.  He's shy with people, but loves other dogs.  Kennels with concrete walls where each dog is in solitary confinement -- not his style.  He would prefer a commune with lots of sofas and blankets.  Our compromise has been kennels with individual indoor/outdoor runs.  He did well in a home-based doggie day care when my (his) house was on the market.

 

Any suggestions?  (Any kennel by the name "Flying Monkeys" is automatically a no-go.)  I hope to not need a kennel any time soon, but the way this move is being coordinated, I won't be surprised if I have to fly back here to be present when my stuff is loaded onto the truck.

 

And please -- not that it would happen here, but -- if you want to discuss how irresponsible it is to kennel a dog and how people should only go to places where their dogs can also go or they shouldn't have a dog at all, please start a separate thread.

post #170 of 230
+1. Also add that there are smaller friendly ski areas that make for a great weekend trip: Willamette Pass, Hoodoo and White Pass. These are typically uncrowded on weekends and have a nice variety of terrain for all levels of skiers.
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Obligatory ski content - I've skied and worked at two of the three Hood resorts since 1980 and never once did I ever hear anyone say they skied Crystal or were going to ski Crystal unless they were a Seattle transplant. I can't comment on how good it is because I've never skied it, but there you go. Maybe things have changed in the last 12 months. I know driving to that area to ski, for me, wouldn't be worth the traffic and hassle just to ski similar Cascade concrete.
post #171 of 230
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"Flying monkeys threatening my little dog" leads me to ... kennels for times that I'm travelling -- any recommendations?

 

My "Toto" is a 13-year-old beagle (gimme an "awwww").  Energy and attitude, he's more like an 8-year-old.  He's shy with people, but loves other dogs.  Kennels with concrete walls where each dog is in solitary confinement -- not his style.  He would prefer a commune with lots of sofas and blankets.  Our compromise has been kennels with individual indoor/outdoor runs.  He did well in a home-based doggie day care when my (his) house was on the market.

 

Any suggestions?  (Any kennel by the name "Flying Monkeys" is automatically a no-go.)  I hope to not need a kennel any time soon, but the way this move is being coordinated, I won't be surprised if I have to fly back here to be present when my stuff is loaded onto the truck.

 

And please -- not that it would happen here, but -- if you want to discuss how irresponsible it is to kennel a dog and how people should only go to places where their dogs can also go or they shouldn't have a dog at all, please start a separate thread.

Awwwww....

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post #172 of 230
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Originally Posted by vickieh View Post

 

I will probably be wearing suits to work, unless the standard dress at the office is much more casual than that.  So I don't expect to commute to work via bike.

 

I do own a bike (hybrid ... and apparently embarassingly cheap) and a bike lock, so I plan to ride a bit.  For me, bike riding has been exercise and time to unfocus ("oh, look, there's a rabbit."  "hmmm, I wonder if that homeowner knows he has some shingles missing."), so I prefer car-less bike trails.  If there are plenty of those, I may stick with that.  But in a bike-friendly environment, I will try bike-as-transportation and see if my preference changes.

 

When I visited Hawaii, I had a "you have to earn it to eat it" rule.  With Portland being a foodie town, I may well bike places in order to earn some calories.  But wherever I ride, I'll be on my embarassingly cheap hybrid, no matter what others are riding.

 

A suit!   Lawyers and undertakers are the only folks where business suit is still office dress. PDX is very casual to the point of sloppy (T-shirts, shorts and sandals for your finest restaurant type thing).

 

No casual biking in the bike lanes...these folks are on a mission for god...cranking in the bike lane at least during rush hours.  Your idea of bike to eat is a great one though...good way to explore the town, pick a place to eat and bike over to it....as long as you don't go into a carbo coma on the ride home...in which case the buses and street cars have bike racks.

 

The Screendoor for breakfast. It's the place that inspired the breakfast line episode of Portlandia with Tim Robbins.

post #173 of 230
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Originally Posted by vickieh View Post

"Flying monkeys threatening my little dog" leads me to ... kennels for times that I'm travelling -- any recommendations?

 

My "Toto" is a 13-year-old beagle (gimme an "awwww").  Energy and attitude, he's more like an 8-year-old.  He's shy with people, but loves other dogs.  Kennels with concrete walls where each dog is in solitary confinement -- not his style.  He would prefer a commune with lots of sofas and blankets.  Our compromise has been kennels with individual indoor/outdoor runs.  He did well in a home-based doggie day care when my (his) house was on the market.

 

Any suggestions?  (Any kennel by the name "Flying Monkeys" is automatically a no-go.)  I hope to not need a kennel any time soon, but the way this move is being coordinated, I won't be surprised if I have to fly back here to be present when my stuff is loaded onto the truck.

 

And please -- not that it would happen here, but -- if you want to discuss how irresponsible it is to kennel a dog and how people should only go to places where their dogs can also go or they shouldn't have a dog at all, please start a separate thread.

 

Can't help on the kennels but PDX is overly pet friendly for me...getting my salmon gear yesterday and someone's got their Great Dane in the sporting goods store. Dude! Is that necessary? Tie him up to the bike rack.  Somehow they get them in the grocery store. There's this service dog clause so everybody's dog is a "service dog"...getting as bad as Paris.

 

Most folks seem to ship the dog to friends (favor for favor deal) or have someone house sit (semi or full) to take car of the critters.

 

Lots of pets and lots of vets so likely lots of boarding at the vet's.

post #174 of 230
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

Nice part of moving to PDX from DC is you can get in a lot of skiing and really improve your game which makes skiing easier and opens up more of the mountain.

We're also moving from DC and just spent 2  1/2  weeks last fall checking out Oregon: PDX, Eugene & Corvallis.  We especially liked Corvallis but were head scratching

about rain during fall winter & spring.

 

Then drove south to Ashland (nice but not near an airport).  We stopped in Healdsburg & Santa Rosa/Petaluma area. Roads crowded & pricy houses on small lots. Not

near skiing.

Finally we looked at Grass Valley & Nevada City -up toward Tahoe.  Think we'll up here!  Brother lives here and it's close to 2 of my better half's friends.

 

The rental car for 5 weeks was the deal of the decade! $69 a week rented in PDX & dropped in SMF w/no drop charge!  Same car in either town alone was 4X the price

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Then drove south to Ashland (nice but not near an airport).  We stopped in Healdsburg & Santa Rosa/Petaluma area. Roads crowded & pricy houses on small lots. Not

near skiing.

I wouldn't move to PDX for the skiing.  Reno or Salt Lake City would be better choices if one was looking to move to be near the most, best skiing.  Nothing really beats Salt Lake for that.

 

I believe Vickieh had decided she wanted to move to PDX and was asking for info about it including the skiing.

post #176 of 230
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...and going on jihads putting down PDX ski areas in favor of WA and MT...sheesh...get a life....

 

When did anybody from MT put down PDX ski areas? If anything, I spoke highly about them.

 

From an earlier post: "Since so much good info has already been said, all I have to contribute is Mount Hood Ski Bowl. It is absolutely surreal skiing that sort of terrain late at night. Definitely one of my most memorable ski experiences. Cheap too! I would be all over a season pass if I lived there for getting in some turns after work. A season pass for nights is only $129!"

 

 

Was that derogatory in the slightest? And getting offended about people talking about hipsters would be as silly as someone getting offended if you said there were cowboys in Montana, wierdos in San Fransisco, fat people in San Antonio, you get the point. These things are nothing to get offended about. They just are what they are. Time to relax. Your high-strung attitude is SO the antithesis of what PDX is all about. Most people I've met there were super cool and way chill. Don't know where you went wrong. You must be one of those uptight east-coast transplants. wink.gif

post #177 of 230

Welcome to Portland.

 

  • rent an apartment before buying a house to become familiar with the area first
  • the skiing is quite good even though the resorts on Mt. Hood aren't the biggest
  • if you plan to ski a lot, get a pass to Mt. Hood Meadows (around $440 if before the Fall deadline)
  • you don't need AWD but it is helpful. Otherwise you'll have to chain up on the heavy snow days
  • it doesn't rain like it does on the East coast but it does drizzle a lot. Hence the jackets but no umbrella comments. Winters can be long and gray and can affect your mood. If you can afford it, taking a vacation to a sunny destination during the winter is helpful. Hawaii and Mexico are popular. (But all that precipitation means fresh snow on the mountain.)
  • summers are glorious. Great hiking and biking near to town.  Windsurfing and kiteboarding in the Gorge are world-class too.
  • the pace of life is a lot slower than the East coast.
post #178 of 230
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Welcome to Portland.

 

  • rent an apartment before buying a house to become familiar with the area first. Check.
  • the skiing is quite good even though the resorts on Mt. Hood aren't the biggest. Check
  • if you plan to ski a lot, get a pass to Mt. Hood Meadows (around $440 if before the Fall deadline) Check.
  • you don't need AWD but it is helpful. Otherwise you'll have to chain up on the heavy snow days Warning! Warning! Warning Will Robinson!  No need for chains.  Good Michelin Xi3s.  No chains needed.
  • it doesn't rain like it does on the East coast but it does drizzle a lot. Hence the jackets but no umbrella comments. Warning Will Robinson.  It rains frick'in buckets and Gore-Tex gear is good.  Winters can be long and gray and can affect your mood. Not if you ski a lot in which case gray=white on the mountain. And often Hood is above the clouds.

 

  • If you can afford it, taking a vacation to a sunny destination during the winter is helpful. Utah is sunny in the winter. 
  • summers are glorious. But summer doesn't start until late August September.  You will wear a jacket for July 4 fireworks.
  • the pace of life is a lot slower than the East coast. That's a myth.  In fact you have to scrabble a bit harder in PDX as people want to live here and move here with no jobs so there's more competition for fewer jobs. Intel mindset sets tone and the Intel motto is "Only the paranoid survive."

 

 

 

post #179 of 230
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Nothing useful that wasn't in the original post. 

 

For a guy that is so quick to quibble with minor points, you don't seem to hold yourself to the same standards of accuracy. 

 

UT isn't particularly sunny in the winter - its inversion is a well-noted problem, and it tends to be overcast and/or stormy for much of the winter. A horrible suggestion for a vacation destination to escape the grey gloom of Portland. Summer yes, winter no. 
 

 

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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

UT isn't particularly sunny in the winter - its inversion is a well-noted problem

Salt Lake gets the inversions, the mountains get a sweet sunny day.  UT resorts do advertise they get most sunny days during ski season.

 

PDX Hood gets inversions also, not as frequent as SLC. 

 

Cool thing about skiing Hood is driving up in rain and then suddenly above the clouds, in the cold, in the sun, with a night's worth of fresh snow see pic above.  Going for 50' to 6,000 feet makes for an interesting drive. The slush zone is the worst part of the drive.  You never know until you start that last part of the drive up the mountain.

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