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Moving to Aspen

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

I have the chance to move from Portland to Aspen. I could work for a tourism company there. My wages are higher in Portland but I do get a place to live there. At the end it stays almost the same. I love outdoor sports activities and especially skiing what would be perfect there. I'm a bit afraid of the off-season there. Does anybody have experience how the drive in Aspen is besides the winter?

 

Who would recommend me to go there?

post #2 of 22
Go!
post #3 of 22
What are the advantages of staying in Portland?
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

I work for my Portland company since 5 years and I'm very satisfied with them. They treat me very respectful and give me the feeling that I'm precious to them. You never know where you end up! 

 

Aspen is a great place in the winter. But is it also a great place in the off-season?

post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

Great, you are located in Snowmass. How is the drive there in the off-season? 

post #6 of 22
Summer is great. Lots of biking, kayaking, hiking and cultural things.

Not sure what you mean about the drive.
post #7 of 22

Aspen is an incredible town, the only things missing for me is surf and I wish they got more snow.   Unless you are really into surfing, or don't like living in the mountains, I can't think of a reason to not live in Aspen.  Everything you need is within a 5 block walk if you live in town and for a town of only 5000 in the off season, and 20,000 in, it has the culture of a very large city with only traffic as a common problem, and if you live in town you really don't need a car.  I have lived in both Aspen and Portland, I would choose Aspen if I didn't like kite surfing so much.

post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks :-) I mean the spirit! 

 

Is it also really damn hot in the summer?

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by jmelton94 View Post
 

Aspen is an incredible town, the only things missing for me is surf and I wish they got more snow.   Unless you are really into surfing, or don't like living in the mountains, I can't think of a reason to not live in Aspen.  Everything you need is within a 5 block walk if you live in town and for a town of only 5000 in the off season, and 20,000 in, it has the culture of a very large city with only traffic as a common problem, and if you live in town you really don't need a car.  I have lived in both Aspen and Portland, I would choose Aspen if I didn't like kite surfing so much.

 

I wish they got more snow

 

Why that?

post #10 of 22

Aspen gets about 300 inches a year on average, not enough for me, but I really, really like skiing a foot plus of fresh powder, I have been there when they got a lot more, I would have never left Aspen if it continued to be over average season after season, 14 bottomless powder days one season.

post #11 of 22
Aspen's really nice year round. Most places don't have AC, since it doesn't get over 80 that often.
Town's booming and housing is tight right now. If you already have a place, go!

Aspen consistently has very good advanced skiing.
post #12 of 22
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Sounds really great! I have heard a summer activity is searching for gold nuggets in the nearby rivers?

post #13 of 22
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Sounds really great! I have heard a summer activity is searching for gold nuggets in the nearby rivers?


Don't know where you got that.  Summer activities range from culture to outdoors related.  Aspen summer music festival, Anderson Ranch art workshops, incredible hiking, spectacular biking (road and mountain), world class fishing.  If you get bored in Aspen you are a special person.

 

Mike

post #14 of 22
I'm envious. I'd go in a heartbeat if given a family sustainable option.
post #15 of 22

You will never run out of Summer recreation in the Aspen area.  There is world class kayaking/rafting on the Roaring Fork and in Glenwood Canyon. There is great road and mountain bike opportunities- there is a bike path running 40 miles to Glenwood, and another 20 from there up Glenwood Canyon.

 

When you get "bored" of the Roaring Fork, you can spend another few years exploring the Crystal River valley right next door- my vote for the prettiest river in the state. 

 

Be sure to join one of the pilgrimages to Crested Butte- in the Summer folks walk the ridgeline from Aspen Highlands. It is about a 20 mile hike. By paved road it is 100+.

 

I don't know why you think it would be terribly hot. It is just under 8000 feet. 90* temps are rare.  As noted, few houses have AC. We live at 8200 feet and couldn't turn the furnaces off until Memorial Day weekend this year.

 

Downsides to living in Aspen?

 

1. Everything gets the Aspen tax and is more expensive. Gas prices suck upvalley.

2. For groceries, you have the City Market in Aspen and a tiny grocery in Snowmass Village. Both are small, have limited supplies, and are pretty dear.  There is a larger City Market and a fabled Whole Foods in Basalt.

3. Aspen is made up of two groups of people.  The generally good-natured and generous,  immature and totally broke ski bum- hang out with this guy and you will see that high school drama never leaves some people. And the other group is the super wealthy types that fly out to "live" in their giant homes surrounding the town for 2 weeks out of the year. The ski bums and other year-round residents really set the tone of the town much more than the 1% of 1%ers.

post #16 of 22
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Sounds really great! I have heard a summer activity is searching for gold nuggets in the nearby rivers?

 

Aspen was actually a silver town.

Most of the gold diggers hang out in the bars.

post #17 of 22
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Aspen was actually a silver town.

 

 

Yes and no. Like many other "Silver" towns like Leadville, Silverton, and Aspen, Silver was the primary economic driver, but the same geologic factors that caused silver to be found there also resulted in many other heavy metals.  The prodigious amounts of materials like copper and lead, as well as all kind of other industrial metals kept mines in these town running in volume through WWII  These towns had gold production ranging from anywhere from amazing to decent.  Independence, CO saw a pretty decent amount of gold come up, for one.

 

The silver crash of 1893 decimated the market and caused many more marginal towns to go ghost, but Aspen kept humming at a reasonable pace- two railroads serviced the town until 1921, and the last rails were pulled up in the mid 1980's.

 

I sincerely doubt one can pan much of value in the Roaring Fork. I don't think any of the area gold or silver was in placer deposits but rather locked up in ore that needs to be processed to extract the precious metals. None of the Aspen area rivers saw much placer activity as opposed to the heavy placer activity in Clear Creek and Breck.

post #18 of 22

I would move to Aspen - certainly. I live in Denver and go as often as I can to Aspen. Enjoy your move if you go!

post #19 of 22

IMO the biggest negative for living in Aspen is the lack of and high cost of housing, so if the OP has that covered, then it is a no brainer.

 

With 4 mountains and a too long day drive for most Denver skiers, Aspen is one of the least crowded major resorts in North America. I skied ankle to boot top powder on a Saturday and Sunday in late Feb. last year with the only line up of any consequence being at the lift first thing in the morning and even that crowd wasn't real big AND it was the first fresh snow in a few weeks.

 

If I had the money and US citizenship, Aspen/Roaring Fork River valley would be my first choice of a ski town to move to with Jackson Hole my second.choice.

post #20 of 22

For visitors like me it's possible to deal with the traffic. Know when you go and you are fine. But I agree the traffic there, especially at peak times, is crazy. 

post #21 of 22

The offseason is pretty quiet.  Alot of folks travel, but there are always a few locals kicking about.  Actually my favorite time of the year is going to the locals free shows, cause its all the REAL people that live here and none of that 1%er bullshit.

 

 

If you are easy, free, and in your 20's Id say its a no brainer.  If you are hitting 30 and ready to settle down, Id be looking into a more robust nest egg before you come out (i.e. all these retirees).

 

 


Best of luck wherever you go. Lets get a beer if you do, infact, show up.

 

 

B

post #22 of 22

Crystal River valley is a great place to go and I agree it takes years to explore the Aspen area. You don't get bored there.

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