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post #1 of 12
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OK, I am thinking of making a move for next winter. My wife wants to get a degree in Psychology, my kid will start school and I am getting sick of living in the south east.

I would like to move out west, close to good skiing of course, but I need to be close to a decent college and school district for my kid. I am an IT guy now, but considering a career change.

The housing market needs to be realistic, (i.e. 4BR house in the 200K - 300K range).

Bozeman comes to mind, but research hasn't really begun yet. Any help to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 12
Salt Lake?
post #3 of 12
There are two major universities in Montana, Montana State U. in Bozeman & the University of Montana in Missoula, which split some of the degrees between them. Your wife might not be able to get her degree at MSU or vice versa. Both Missoula and Bozeman fit your criteria but finding a job that pays enough to support a family and pay for a house can be tough. Sadly, the main careers in both places that pays enough are real estate sales and development.

Bozeman has great schools which can't be said for many towns in Montana due to the pathetically salaries. There are 3 IT shops in Bozeman: Bridger Systems which is owned by ChoicePoint, Rightnow Technoloties and Zoot Enterprises. Bridger Systems main does C++ development on Microsoft platforms. RightNow (where I work) does C, C++, Java, PHP, C# & .net development on a mix of LINUX, SunOS and Microsoft. It also has system administrator, DBA and other support jobs since most of our customers applications are hosted by us. I'm not sure what Zoot is using.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
I will be in Salt Lake next month, and its definately going to be considered
post #5 of 12
Thanks to the large amount of 2nd Homes paying large amounts of property tax, Park City has the best school system in the state of Utah. Those same homes help keep Park City area property taxes low on locals. You would be about a 30 min drive to Uof U A New campus just opened for Utah Valley State Collage in Heber that is about 15 min drive from Park City. It is a vary easy commute to Salt Lake City from here. On the down side of a flat real Estate market, Park City is once again going into a Real Estate boom. Those $200-300K homes are getting hard to find and sell vary vary fast.
post #6 of 12
You might add Boise to your list. We don't have the same local access to skiing as Bozeman or Salt Lake City, but you would have better career opportunities than in Bozeman and a smaller city than Salt Lake. Lots of IT work here with a number of large companies in residence including HP and Micron and the spinoffs they have created.

Skiing at Bogus Basin, the local hill, is actually quite good. Only about 1800' vertical but lots of acreage. The relatively low elevation (7,500' summit) and prevailing weather patterns keep us from getting the impressive snow totals you find in Utah but we get enough for a reasonable season and good conditions most years. Bogus was the originator of the discounted season passes which run $229 a piece this year. Depending on where you are in town, the drive up is 30-40 minutes.

Boise State offers a range of degrees in the social sciences including Psychology. At just over 18,000 students, it the largest higher ed institution in the state with the full complement of resources and activities one would expect including NCAA Division l athletics.

Our two kids have been through the elementary and secondary school system and we have no complaints. The facilities and teachers are both good.
post #7 of 12
While it's not the rockies kind of snow, skiing can be very good in the Cascades. I live in Bellingham, half way between Seattle and Vancouver. There are lots of IT types around here and a very fine school; Western Washington University. The public schools are good and the property values are within your budget. The closest skiing is at Mt. Baker, then Stevens Pass and several "urban" areas near Vancouver (Grouse Mountain, Mt. Seymore, etc.), and you're only 3 hours from Whistler.

There are lots of other recreational activities around here while we wait for the snow to return. Kyaking, both salt water and river, sailing (we are almost in the San Juan Islands), hiking, biking, etc. It is actually possible in the spring to ski until early afternoon and get back to town in time to go out on the water for a few hours. Seattle is about 1 1/2 hours away and Vancouver is an hour if you have no problems with the border and traffic.
post #8 of 12
Questa, NM
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by lifer
Skiing at Bogus Basin, the local hill, is actually quite good. Only about 1800' vertical but lots of acreage. The relatively low elevation (7,500' summit) .
Only a 1800 foot Vert? You Westerners have it made!
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Originally Posted by PA Ridge Racer
Only a 1800 foot Vert? You Westerners have it made!
Yeah we know that vert number is pathetic.
post #11 of 12
Yeah, we cry ourselves to sleep quite often.
post #12 of 12
Its tough living in the Rockies. If it snows we have to go skiing because the snows so light; if we don't get it packed down the wind will carry it away.
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