Originally Posted by marznc
I was thinking more Adirondacks than Catskills. Especially for the summer season. The Albany/Troy area might be worth looking into. Perhaps even Southwest flies out of Albany, so getting out west would be relatively straightforward. Certainly a lot easier to negotiate the Albany airport than any of the airports in NYC. Look around Saratoga Springs or Johnstown. Or Warrensburg to be really close to Gore.
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The Adirondacks have a lot of appeal for a variety of reasons. I'd probably tend away from the Albany area but that still leaves some very interesting places. I've done some preliminary research and there is what appears to be affordable real estate in Essex Cty but what I don't know is how zoning and building codes are affected by proximity to the Park and APA regulations.
Originally Posted by crank
Adirondacks are better for lakes and VT is better for snow. Look into local property taxes. I know they can be high in VT's ski towns and less so in non resorty areas. I have no Idea what they are like in upstate NY.
You can pick up real estate super cheap near the defunct Ascutney ski area in southeastern VT. It is a very nice region with a state park and the town is purchasing the old ski area land to preserve as open space with hiking and biking trails.
Taxes can be a big factor and I suspect that NY is better than much of VT in that regard - though probably not as good as NH. Have to really do some research. Hadn't thought about the Ascutney area and will investigate. Thanks for the tip.
Originally Posted by x10003q
There is a ton of what you want all around Gore (North Creek, North River, Olmstedville, Minerva, Indian Lake, Chestertown). If you want more civilization you can look at Warrensburg (16 miles south of Gore) and if you want even more civilization you can look at Glens Falls/Queensbury (30-45 minutes from Gore). Property taxes can be reasonable. The nice thing about Gore is the mountain is never crowded and it is 20 minutes off the Northway (I-87). Whiteface is about 80 minutes from North Creek.
PM me if you have more questions.
Access from the Interstate is a big plus for the Adirondack region and particularly Gore as you point out. Thanks for the invitation for more info via PM - I'm sure I'll be taking you up on it.
Originally Posted by Max Capacity
I'd say look in Rutland or Burlington VT area. I'm thinking about the same basic issue.
We're normally in Rutland a few times a month for shopping or diner and a movie this time of year.
Haven't looked at the Rutland area but a preliminary perusal of land near Burlington seems to indicate pretty high prices. The Rutland location would be nice and certainly bears more investigation,
Originally Posted by St Bear
What kind of amenities are you looking for? In NH, I'd give Conway, Lincoln, and Littleton a look.
Depending how strict you are with the 1,500 vert requirement, just north of Concord, NH might work as well (Franklin, Tilton, Andover). Ragged is 1,400 vert, but they're looking to expand. Would be a little pricier than most of the other places listed, but you'd be closer to a lot more services.
The 1,500 vf parameter is flexible, to an extent anyway. While I'm pretty familiar with VT (lived for a while in Burlington and skied most places in the state) and the Adirondack region (mostly from summer hiking and fishing), I'm pretty clueless about NY. I've hiked and camped Franconia Notch but that's pretty much it. Have quite a bit of homework to do on this one.
Thanks to all for the suggestions. I'll post more as I get info since it seems that a few folks are thinking along the same lines as me. By the way, the timeframe I'm looking at is about 3 years, so not too far but not immediate either.