I love skiing, and live near Philadelphia.....I work in a warehouse and make a modest living, not college educated. I am in my upper 30's and live with my teen aged son who also loves to ski. In the winter its all we do and all summer we watch MSP films and talk about next season lol. We have little family around and all of my siblings have moved to other states. My father has passed and Mother is moving to live with a sibling this summer in another state. There really isn't a lot tying me to Philly except my job and health insurance. I was planning on using my savings to pay off my mortgage and started thinking that my free time would be much more enjoyed if I wasnt living in Philadelphia suburbs.
I drive an hour to work, and hour and a half to ski 1100' of vert in narrow, icy, trails. In the summer its an hour and 45 every weekend to go riding dirt bikes. I spend a lot of my life in my truck getting to where I want to enjoy my time, and really I love skiing the most of all my hobbies, yet in PA our best seasons start late december and end early march. Yes in the past we have has openings in late November of one 700' vert trail of crud, and closings in early april but all march was skiing ice and mud. As much as I love the night skiing on the frozen blown over east coast ice sheets the season is so short and every year I watch all the people out west skiing well after my skis have begun collecting dust.
So I started to think why not just try to find a home in Colorado within a hour or so of a nice ski area. I have been looking for awhile and there does seem to be some homes in my price range in towns like Hayden which seems close to steamboat or an hour south of breck but I dont know if the logistics of getting a new job out there once I got there would be like. What the towns in the mountains are like for traveling to and from work. FWIW I was looking to spend 200ish outright so I could live mortgage free and dont need to make a fortune to get by, reducing my bills to basic necessity things (food, electric, water, lift tickets, new skis)
I look at houses that are off the grid with solar power and lots of land which would be sweet for dirt bikes in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter but what about those solar panels being covered in snow lol. What about travel to the highways to get to work, town, w/e. Then I look at condos, its just me and my son after all, but HOA fees and people everywhere turn me off, plus no where to store toys? Altho there are some condos really close to skiing I also need to think about my sons last two years of high school coming up, and it seems some of the condos close to skiing also have better schools then the homes further out.
The other side of it is staying in PA where I can get away for one trip a year to ski out west, once a year to ski vermont, and every weekend in the Poconos for 10-14 week seasons. I don't know what to do, mostly because I have a stable job and that makes it difficult.
My mother told me, Ben you are gonna be 40 soon, and after that its all over, you only live once and you love to ski just move already.
So guess I am just spit balling here on what to do, where to move if I decide to bite the bullet late this summer and what the epic ski community thinks?