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post #31 of 43
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To better answer your question I'd need to know how much riding you want to do, your rental budget, how flexible your work schedule is, and how long you plan to be out there (the season or a year).  Your preferences may be different, but my focus would be on maximizing my riding, minimizing the amount of inconvenience (driving) to get to it, and avoiding crowds.

 

For instance, if you don't have much of a work schedule (e.g., you just need to complete certain assignments each day), and you want to do a huge amount of riding (say, ride for a couple hours every weekday, taking most weekends off to avoid the crowds -- which would also get you into great shape), then I think you'd want to live as close as possible to the lifts (ideally ski in/ski out or, if not that, then just a 5 minute drive away).  I know one fellow who just booked a long-term rental at Mammoth (w/ a 5 min. drive from the closest lift) for ~$2K/month; it would be less if you were to lease for the entire year.   Plus Mammoth has a very long season -- you could ride from Nov-May.   Mammoth is also beautiful during the off-season, with great hiking.  If you want to spend even less money, and have access to potentially more night life, there's Tahoe.  

 

OTOH, if you plan to just ride on the weekends, you'd want a place that is not particularly crowded on weekends, i.e., a destination resort that is too inaccessible to be easily drivable for day or weekend trips, and that has enough lift/trail capacity that it can't be saturated by just the locals.  The former requirement would tend to rule out Tahoe, Mammoth, and Summit County, and I'd guess SLC as well.  Steamboat may be good in that respect, but someone else would need to advise you on that.  

 

A third possibility is if you could configure your schedule to work the weekends and take two weekdays off, in which case I'd think Summit County or SLC would be excellent choices.

Hey guys

thank you all so much for your answer.

 

I drove to Breck, Vail and Steamboat.

 

Vail is definitely a no, there's no real town there.

 

I loved Breck, i really did but finding a nice house there is getting pretty hard. I am only meeting with young people in their early 20 and all they want to do is party.

 

I am currently in Steamboat...i like the town, not as much as Breck but there are definitely enough restaurants or bars to keep me busy. Here i found a great roommate to share a great apartment a mile away from the lifts and we also have the bus right in front of the apartment.

 

I am still conflicted just because i keep thinking that i will not have any other options around here to snowboard but i have to make a decision within the next day.

 

To answer some of your questions, my budget will be $1000/month, my job is pretty flexible meaning that one day i could work 10 hours and the next day nothing to do but is not predictable, every morning things might change and i would like to spend a year so i will enjoy the snow and the summer too.

post #32 of 43
That's your rental budget or your everything budget?
post #33 of 43
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sorry, $1000/month would be my budget for a room.

post #34 of 43
Too bad you're fixated on Colorado. That's a pretty nice budget here.

Easy walk to the bars or the Snow Bus, complete with fireplace :

Studio • 1.0 ba • 400 sqft $800
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/78148683_zpid/

Slightly less convenient, close to a nano-brewery but somewhat further from a Snow Bus stop and downtown:
2 bds • 1.0 ba • 900 sqft $925 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2097874360_zpid/
Edited by sibhusky - 8/29/16 at 10:46pm
post #35 of 43

$1K/mo is a bit low for something at Mammoth unless you're willing to share.

Here's a basic small 1 br for $800/mo, 1-yr. lease required:

http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_rent/Mammoth-Lakes-CA-93546/house,condo,apartment_duplex,mobile,townhouse_type/2097449973_zpid/97326_rid/featured_sort/40.248087,-118.210145,36.388123,-122.494813_rect/7_zm/?3col=true

 

OTOH, here's a nice 2br/2ba townhouse you could share, for $2200/mo. w/ 1 yr. lease; according to Google Maps it's a 7 min walk (.4 mi.) from the nearest lift (Eagle):

http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_rent/Mammoth-Lakes-CA-93546/house,condo,apartment_duplex,mobile,townhouse_type/95743384_zpid/97326_rid/featured_sort/40.248087,-118.210145,36.388123,-122.494813_rect/7_zm/?3col=true

 

You could probably find something less around Tahoe, but I don't know Tahoe so others would need to advise you on where to look.

 

Never been to Steamboat but it sounds like you've found a nice setup there.  One nice advantage of Steamboat over Breck for livability is that it's 3000 feet lower (6700' vs 9600').   [And Whitefish, where sibhusky lives, is only 3000 feet and thus even better in this respect.]    Until you've spent time living at altitude you don't know how your body will respond.  I don't mean the basic acclimation, which goes pretty quickly.  I mean the long-term effects.I spent a nearly three months living at 8000' Mammoth, and my body never quite got used to the altitude.  I had no problem exerting myself on the mountain at 10k-11k; rather the problem was how I felt when I wasn't exercising -- e.g.,  my resting heart rate never went down to what it was at sea level in LA (instead of high 40's it stayed in the high 50's).  It was as if my body wasn't able to fully rest.    Plus there's the constant cracking of the skin on the fingers in winter.  While I loved being at Mammoth, I felt a real sense of my body being able to relax when I returned to LA.  I suspect a lot of that was the altitude.    Maybe with more time things would have changed, or maybe I'd increasingly feel like I needed to return to sea level to give my body a break.  I dunno.

 

OTOH, if you want to lose weight, live at Breck :)

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/food-matters/into-thin-air-weight-loss-at-high-altitudes/


Edited by chemist - 8/30/16 at 7:49am
post #36 of 43
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I loved Breck, i really did but finding a nice house there is getting pretty hard. I am only meeting with young people in their early 20 and all they want to do is party.

 

 

 

Breck is a great town but it definitely has a fairly heavy party orientation for the transient people there. Did you by chance look at Frisco? It's not quite as convenient for skiing but it's cheaper, less about the party and an easy bus ride for when you want to go to Breck and party it up.

post #37 of 43

And Frisco is closer to Copper and Loveland, just as close to A Basin and Keystone.   :) 

post #38 of 43

How important are women?

post #39 of 43
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Hey guys!

 

I ended up in Breckeneridge.

 

I found 2 roommates and we ended up getting a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home 1 mile away from main street for $1000/month each utilities included.

 

I immediately had a great feeling about the town, i will have plenty of ski options, the roommates are great and the house too.

 

If someone here is from Breckenridge i would love to meet some locals :)

 

Thank you all again.

 

Luca

post #40 of 43
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Originally Posted by Giacops View Post
 

Hey guys!

 

I ended up in Breckeneridge.

 

I found 2 roommates and we ended up getting a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home 1 mile away from main street for $1000/month each utilities included.

 

I immediately had a great feeling about the town, i will have plenty of ski options, the roommates are great and the house too.

 

If someone here is from Breckenridge i would love to meet some locals :)

 

Thank you all again.

 

Luca

Buy your Epic Pass of choice IMMEDEATELY if you haven't already. Prices are about to rise. Be careful about which flavor you choose. I would guess that the Epic Local would be your best choice.

 

I weekend in Breck. There are several others who hang out here too. PM me if you'd like.

 

Welcome to Breck!

post #41 of 43
^ good advice. Seen the commercial on tv twice tonight. It's going up this coming Tue. the 6th. smile.gif
post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by Giacops View Post
 

Hey guys!

 

I ended up in Breckeneridge.

 

I found 2 roommates and we ended up getting a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home 1 mile away from main street for $1000/month each utilities included.

 

I immediately had a great feeling about the town, i will have plenty of ski options, the roommates are great and the house too.

 

If someone here is from Breckenridge i would love to meet some locals :)

 

Thank you all again.

 

Luca

Mi casa and the Gold Dredge have the best happy hours in Breck. Kenosha used to have a really awesome buffet on Sundays during football season.

 

The dive bar is a pretty good place for drinks, Salt Creek is a good place as well but a bit of a club. Gold Pan and Motherlode are good places to hang out as well. Motherlode has weekly open mike nights  

post #43 of 43
Congrats!

Hoping to be moving up to Summit County full time in the next few months as well.
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