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Info Grand Junction, CO

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Not quite "resort" specific, but looking for general info on Grand Junction, CO. Looking for quality of life info, housing prices, good areas to live, recreation, etc. Also how far is it too ski areas. Thanks!

Mike
post #2 of 8
Housing prices are reasonable. The area is growing rapidly and there are lots of new houses and development. Lots of good mountain biking in nearby Fruita and some nice road biking around GJ. There are several wineries in Palisade. There is a small ski resort about 1/2 hour from GJ called Powderhorn. I have never been there so I don't know anything about it. GJ is about 3 hours from Summit County, 2 hours from Vail and approximately 2 hours from Aspen. I am not sure of the drive from Telluride.
post #3 of 8
I have a student coming in for a Pilates Instructor training from that area. She said the drive to Frisco {Summit County} is about 2 and a half hours. She's married with a new baby. Let me know if you need more info, {schools, etc.} and I'll ask. Many Summit County folks seem to be moving there, so it must have something going for it.
post #4 of 8
Never been, but the little I know off top of head: It scores pretty well in Best Places to Retire books, believe climate is slightly milder than one might expect for the latitude and early settlers found area surprisingly supportive of a fruit growing agriculture. There is a college in the town (mesa state?). Powderhorn is supposed to be a nice smaller ski area, Aspen is within reach for day ski trips. Good local biking scene, Grand Mesa nearby for hiking/camping.
post #5 of 8
How close is crested butte to Grand Juntion? I am Not sure but it has to be closer then Apen and or Vail
post #6 of 8
My home office is in Grand Junction, so I spend a fair amount of time there. It is one of the few smaller cities that I would consider living in. Housing is quite reasonable and was actually a depressed market for some time (now doing a nice rebound). There are several older areas of town you might want to avoid buying a home in, but 95% of the area is great! It does get HOT in the summer (100+ is not unusual, but with real low humidity). It is a good spot to live for an outdoor lifestyle with lots of biking, 4x4s, camping and fishing. Powderhorn is a cool, smaller ski area that can get some big dumps (12" + are somewhat common). Tree skiing is tough, due to the thick underbrush and spacing of the trees. The next closest ski area is probably Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs. You are also not to far from Durango and Telluride.

Actually, Aspen is closer to Crested Butte than Grand Junction. Mainly because nothing is close to Crested Butte.
post #7 of 8
I'll second the thought that Powderhorn is a great little ski area. It's very friendly, often gets excellent snow (it's well named!), and has some very good terrain as well. It's probably 45 minutes from downtown GJ.

Grand Junction is in the far western part of Colorado, not far from Utah. There are no major ski resorts in the immediate vicinity, but Aspen, Telluride, Beaver Creek and Crested Butte are all within 150 miles, and Vail is just over 150 miles. If you have to go through Montrose and Gunnison to get to Crested Butte, it's more like 170 miles.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone who responded! The info is much appreciated.

Mike
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