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post #61 of 70
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Originally Posted by HippieFlippinNM View Post

...  Your descriptions of the cultural nuances of the area are accurate, but the emphasis on violence and crime are a bit over the top (this isn't Espanola)...

...People that are spending 6 months there skiing typically will not be exposed to the darker side of things (this happens most often when people decide to get involved in the local drug scene, which exists in every city across the nation whether you are aware of it or not). 

Sorry, but I'm going to disagree with you on those two points above. Taos isn't Española, and doesn't have as big a heroin problem, but the property and violent crime figures are way above average. And I assume it's about more than just skiing for the the OP - there's a family, and children going to pre-school and unless you isolate yourself up in the ski valley, you're likely to encounter at least some of the unfriendliness I mentioned. You can isolate yourself from that stuff, especially if you have money (Roberts/Rumsfeld), but that doesn't mean it's not there.

And the people I know that have been hurt by the darker side of things there were not involved with the drug scene. And please, I'm aware of 'the local drug scene' in other cities. rolleyes.gif But Taos' issues are much greater than the drug scene. I don't want to go into stories about new residents homes being burned, or physical threats and worse, or cultural frictions and harassment but those things are real and some have happened to people I know...and they aren't involved in the drug scene.
post #62 of 70

^ Like I said, it either excepts you with open arms or it chews you up and spits you out.  I guess I've been incredibly lucky.  :)

 

 

Packing heat doesn't seem to hurt either.....

post #63 of 70
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Originally Posted by HippieFlippinNM View Post

...Packing heat doesn't seem to hurt either.....

Okay, that was funny. The beer's on me sometime this winter. beercheer.gif
post #64 of 70
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I wonder if you'll find a place that has the access requirements that you want and is within your budget. There are lots of places that are within 20 minutes or less of a mountain that would be amazingly good, but when you add a ski area in town prices skyrocket.  Now you're competing with the rich.

+1  Salt Lake City will give you the reasonable lodging, town/city amenities, and I have to believe that daycare will be readily available for a decent price.  Having 7 excellent ski areas barely half an hour away is surely as good as having one ski area next door I would think

post #65 of 70

You guys are just trying to scare away the tourist 'cause the new Kachina lift and rumors of a great snow season are gonna lure folks south.

 

Actually, you both have presented accurate pictures of the cultural friction and the ability to surmount it. Since this family has lived in Latin America for a while, I suspect they can navigate the issues with a little humility and awareness.

 

Other options, getting back to the original question, could be Crested Butte or Telluride. Both are beautiful and would provide more of the "ski town" experience. Both are extremely easy access to the slopes from town, both of which are very cool and both have mountains that would easily keep them busy for six months.

post #66 of 70
Liftopia picks three "most livable" ski towns. Although I'm mystified by the reference to paddling the calm waters of Whitehead. I'm assuming it's a typo and they mean Whitefish Lake.
post #67 of 70
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 Having 7 excellent ski areas barely half an hour away is surely as good as having one ski area next door I would think

Except that they were planning on making 2 trips a day. That's 2+ hours in the car each day. 

post #68 of 70
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post


Okay, that was funny. The beer's on me sometime this winter. beercheer.gif

 

:beercheer:

post #69 of 70
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Liftopia picks three "most livable" ski towns. Although I'm mystified by the reference to paddling the calm waters of Whitehead. I'm assuming it's a typo and they mean Whitefish Lake.


Hey look, Durango is on that list.

post #70 of 70
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We currently live in Guatemala.  It doesn't sound like there is anything is Toas that would shock us.  

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