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Anyone here live year-round near Big Sky?

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... because my wife was just sent something about a job in Bozeman (non ski), and I'm just wondering what it's like there as a year round place to live.  Non-ski economy.  Schools.  Taxes.  Education levels.  Resident vs. Resort tension.  Politics.  That sort of stuff. 

 

Thanks!

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If it matters at all, I have a couple of HS classmates in the area. I like both, and one is absolutely delightful. If you end up looking for real estate in the area, PM me. I've referred her to others and have yet to hear a bad word. She's just that type of person. Boseman, being a college town and not too far away, I'm sure is pretty liberal. I wouldn't expect the Yellowstone club residents to be as much so, but any place is what you make of it. I could manage to live around Big Sky pretty easily... I think.smile.gif
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Thanks for the info Mark.  From my own poking around I noted maybe a little bit of attitude from the MSU kids who complain that the cost of living is high for Montana and the locals are "snooty". I have actually never been there, even to ski, so its hard to put in context.

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The skiing is excellent!
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Remember, Big Sky is not that close to Bozeman, they are roughly an hour drive from each other. The local area is Bridger and it's municipal. The tension is going to be between students and residents, like any college town. And, of course, between "natives" and "newcomers".

One way to get a feel for an area is to start subscribing to the local newspaper. See what the letters to the editor are all about.
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Thanks for the info Mark.  From my own poking around I noted maybe a little bit of attitude from the MSU kids who complain that the cost of living is high for Montana and the locals are "snooty". I have actually never been there, even to ski, so its hard to put in context.

My daughter went to school there and a lot of the kids thought Whitefish was snooty. One of them ended up sharing an apartment with her the last two years, so I guess she wasn't too snooty. AND his brother moved here.

I think people have different impressions of places they really haven't spent much time in than they would after they are situated.

You've got to remember than Montana is a huge state, with a variety of demographics, including ranching, tourism, mining, Native American reservations, logging, etc. It's also not very diverse ethnically and most of the state is not regularly visited by tourists, so there's occasionally friction.
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I've only been to Bozeman for the 2013 Big Sky/Bridger Bowl Gathering and was impressed with both the skiing and the town. While I don't have any data but partly because of it's size, I would guess that Big Sky is the least crowded of any major US resort. Bridger Bowl has a lot of excellent skiing and is real handy to Bozeman.

 

Last summer I met the current QB for the Canadian Football League's B.C. Lions, Travis Lulay, who is a former star QB with Montana State. He said that he liked Bozeman so much that he continued to live there after graduation.

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