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Thoughts of Moving West

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I have been lucky enough to go on at least one ski trip a year out west with my family since I was very young and every year I love it more and more.  Now, I am a college student and am highly considering moving to the mountains after school.  I plan on packing up and trying to find a job at a resort either in Colorado, Wyoming, or Utah this summer to see if it would be right for me in all seasons.  Not sure if I can give up fishing down here and I plan to spend a lot of time learning how to fly fish for trout while working this summer, so I want to go to a town with good fishing.  I will also be turning 21 this summer and would love a town with a cool bar scene preferably a place with awesome craft beer and microbreweries? I have been doing my research and think that Jackson Hole, Aspen, Steamboat, and Telluride would be places where I would like to go.

 

If any of you guys have recommendations for places to go, websites to look at, or have any advice on finding jobs out there I would greatly appreciate your feedback.  This will be my last summer I have before the real stuff starts so help me make my summer awesome. Thanks and  Go Noles!

 

Charlie Moore

post #2 of 16

I have never seen as many microbreweries in one place as I have seen in Bend.  Plenty of fishing and skiing too.

post #3 of 16
It's a little bit of a drive to the skiing but the beer, fishing and economy (jobs!) in Fort Collins is pretty good. At the very least it's worth spending a day here checking out the breweries on your way to other places.
post #4 of 16
Fishing, microbreweries, skiing. All found in Whitefish.
post #5 of 16

Way different spot but everything you are asking for and one other bennie, WOMEN.  You do realize that most ski towns have really bad male to female ratios don't you?

 

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  Silver Mountain and Schweitzer are very good ski areas with quality snow and short lift lines.  A couple of Blue Ribbon trout streams within minutes of town.  Good beer, good bars in a quality 4 season resort town.  Jobs to be found, not nearly as expensive to live in as most of the famous mountain towns and there is a seriously nice lake there.  The NIC Beach Club is not South Beach but you should appreciate the view.  

 

Google it.  It is a great place.

post #6 of 16
Missoula?
post #7 of 16
You notice everyone is suggesting a region of the country not on your list.
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I have been doing my research and think that Jackson Hole, Aspen, Steamboat, and Telluride would be places where I would like to go.

I suggest you research rent in those areas. Focus less on the skiing and more on the practicalities of living. Rent, local pay scales, availability of employment, cost of living. Cost of lift tickets should you not get a resort job. Gas prices. Distance from living area to job so you know the impact of those gas prices. Even your ability to network. If you know people already there, it helps get you employment and housing. Is the area dead in the off season or still a thriving community? Is there employment in the off season? All these practical considerations will go a long way towards a successful move, way ahead of fish, bars, and ski terrain. The girl issue may be a legit issue. On the other hand, speaking as the mother of a daughter in a ski town, the odds for the girls aren't as good as the numbers might imply. Guys are either married or are not marriage material by any stretch of the imagination. Ski towns attract guys who never want to grow up. The ones who do are snatched up quickly.
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 

My goal was to look for a larger resort like Aspen, Telluride, or Jackson Hole and work in the resort and hopefully get employee housing.  This job would be for the summer, I am still in school and won't be done for a year after this summer.  This would just give me an idea of if I would like to try and make my career out west and not stay in Florida.  I am just looking for a fun place to work this summer and change up the scenery a bit.  But thank you all for the help I will look at the places recommended.

post #9 of 16

Jackson Hole, the town and surrounding area is busier in the summer than winter so that may be a good place to find work.

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

You notice everyone is suggesting a region of the country not on your list.
I suggest you research rent in those areas. Focus less on the skiing and more on the practicalities of living. Rent, local pay scales, availability of employment, cost of living. Cost of lift tickets should you not get a resort job. Gas prices. Distance from living area to job so you know the impact of those gas prices. Even your ability to network. If you know people already there, it helps get you employment and housing. Is the area dead in the off season or still a thriving community? Is there employment in the off season? All these practical considerations will go a long way towards a successful move, way ahead of fish, bars, and ski terrain. The girl issue may be a legit issue. On the other hand, speaking as the mother of a daughter in a ski town, the odds for the girls aren't as good as the numbers might imply. Guys are either married or are not marriage material by any stretch of the imagination. Ski towns attract guys who never want to grow up. The ones who do are snatched up quickly.

As someone who worked in a ski town in my early 20-s and now lives in another ski town permanently, this is well described.

post #11 of 16

Charlie:

 

Just pack your car and go, you'll find a spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take your time growing up, it's overrated.

post #12 of 16

A while a go there was a post on someone moving from eastern Canada to whistler. I though that was pretty neat and inspiring.

 

 

 

 

Ah there it is! not entirely related to your querries but it does make you dream a bit:

 

http://epicski.onthesnow.com/t/96185/quit-job-sold-house-moving-to-ski-town-bad-idea

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

You notice everyone is suggesting a region of the country not on your list.
I suggest you research rent in those areas. Focus less on the skiing and more on the practicalities of living. Rent, local pay scales, availability of employment, cost of living. Cost of lift tickets should you not get a resort job. Gas prices. Distance from living area to job so you know the impact of those gas prices. Even your ability to network. If you know people already there, it helps get you employment and housing. Is the area dead in the off season or still a thriving community? Is there employment in the off season? All these practical considerations will go a long way towards a successful move, way ahead of fish, bars, and ski terrain. The girl issue may be a legit issue. On the other hand, speaking as the mother of a daughter in a ski town, the odds for the girls aren't as good as the numbers might imply. Guys are either married or are not marriage material by any stretch of the imagination. Ski towns attract guys who never want to grow up. The ones who do are snatched up quickly.

Consider sibhusky's comments carefully. The dream is not so dreamy if you can't afford housing, skiing and beer.

 

You said you want to work for the resort. You will have lots of competition, and many resort jobs do not pay well. Sometimes, even "real" jobs don't pay well because employers seem to think you should be willing to work for less in order to live there.

 

What is your skill set? Your degree? Your experience? What can you offer a resort employer? Remember, they don't really care about you. They want to know what you can do for them that somebody else can't. Until you bring something compelling to the table, you're just another in a long line of college kids or recent graduates who thinks living in a resort sounds fun. Remember, too, that resorts have just as much, or even more, low paid grunt work to be done as anywhere else, and it's not fun, which is why nobody wants to do it.

 

In other words, it often takes a lot more work to work in a resort town, and it's not necessarily a living.

 

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On the other hand, speaking as the mother of a daughter in a ski town, the odds for the girls aren't as good as the numbers might imply. Guys are either married or are not marriage material by any stretch of the imagination.

The odds are good, but the goods are odd.   :D

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Moorefun20 View Post
 

My goal was to look for a larger resort like Aspen, Telluride, or Jackson Hole and work in the resort and hopefully get employee housing.  This job would be for the summer, I am still in school and won't be done for a year after this summer.  This would just give me an idea of if I would like to try and make my career out west and not stay in Florida.  I am just looking for a fun place to work this summer and change up the scenery a bit.  But thank you all for the help I will look at the places recommended.

 

I worked for The Grand Teton Lodge Company at a cafe for two summers during my college years and it was one of the best things I ever did.  The company was sort of "meh" and the money wasn't great but they did provide dorm housing and had an employee cafeteria.  The days off were stupendous though, and I hiked, climbed, rafted, and made some great friends.  It was such a good way to get to know the area, and I still love going back there and knowing my way around.

post #15 of 16

With regard to the men/women ratio in ski towns, one lady said:

 

"The odds are good, but the goods are odd."

post #16 of 16
I used to work for these guys. Perhaps the perfect summer job for a fisherman if you want to tour the inland northwest. http://www.fs.fed.us/biology/fishecology/emp/employment/employment.html
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