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post #31 of 42
Let us know what part of the area you will be working in. We may be able to help you avoid long commutes and make suggestions for good locations.
post #32 of 42
Thread Starter 
Thanks, LeRouge. My husband's job is in Aurora. I am applying to different teaching jobs in the Denver area. I'm trying to figure the commute to work and the commute to ski. I'm coming down this weekend to find a place. I've been searching the classifieds and Craig's list and I'm pretty flexible.
post #33 of 42
Aurora runs north/south along the far east side of the Denver area. The Summit county areas and Winter Park are about 80 miles from the north end (I-70 & I-225), and Vail another 25 miles. Commute times to skiing will vary depending on when you travel - if you leave at 6:00AM it will be 1.5 hours, if you leave later it could double. As you go further south the times will increase another 15- 30 minutes as you approach Parker on the south. If you lived on the west side, say near Golden, you could cut a half-hour, but the daily commute to Aurora would be in the 45-60 minute range.

Water based recreation, such as it is, is limited is mostly on the east side with Cherry Creek and Aurora Reservoir. Mountain based activities such as mountain biking and hiking are on the west side. If you are going to play everyday on the west side, the long work commute be worth it. Tough choice.

Some east Denver areas you might want to consider would be the Park Hill area, older, smaller homes in what was once a country club type setting. Just to the east of there is a new development at the old Stapleton Airport (I-70/Quebec)now closed), it is being done in an old-style neighborhood format. South of there is a re-develpment of an existing neighborhood and former air base called Lowry (Alameda and Quebec). Anything east of I-225 will be mostly suburban. The general area of Aurora/East and Southeast Denver has a great diversity of housing, styles, and neighborhoods. You should be able to find something that suits your needs. If you are renting, you only have to live there for 6 months to a year, if you are looking to buy you may want to rent for a few months to get the feel of the area. Note that Aurora has very strict watering restrictions, if you are into gardening, or think you will miss that New England green, Aurora might not be the place.

Commutes from Aurora can be bad along I-70 east and west bound, major west bound routes into downtown Denver, and routes into the Tech Center, which includes Parker Road Arapahoe Road and I-225. If you can travel against the rush, great!

School Districts in that area are Denver (poorly rated), Aurora, Arapahoe, Cherry Creek (highly rated), and a little futher south Douglas County (highly rated). Google for "CSAP tests" in Colorado for very detailed info on schools.

Hope this helps, feel free to PM me if you wish. Good luck and welcome to Colorado.
post #34 of 42
madbee, just saw all of this... Welcome to the neighborhood! Even though I'm not in Denver, I'm closer than LM...

Anyway, I expect that you'll come to truly love living in Colorado. The cultural mix is truly amazing, from Opera, Ballet, and theater to spectator sports to all of the attractions of Colorado outdoors including the weather. Honestly, it's difficult to beat (and I've lived on both coasts and the midwest).

We'll have to be sure to get some turns in locally this year in addition to the fun at the ESA...
post #35 of 42
Thread Starter 
You guys are really amazing!! I haven't even set foot in Colorado and I am getting so much help and encouragement from folks on this board, here and in private messages. I was telling a non-skiing friend about it today. "Who are these people?" she asked. Too hard to explain. Skiing and especially being part of this forum makes me feel like a member of a big family of snow struck people with lots of differences but more in common. Thanks.
post #36 of 42
Is your husband's job at the new medical school campus in Aurora? If so, I would especially look at Park Hill and Lowery, as they are relatively easy commutes to there (avoiding highways and Colfax Ave- the ugliest street in America), and have much of what you mentioned you wanted in an earlier post. The neighborhood just north of Hilltop (N of 6th Ave) is another possibility ( I think it is called Montclair), and much cheaper than Hilltop, which has become very expensive (starting prices abour $600k). Park Hill is much nicer than Lowery in my mind- older homes, more green and shaded, and much more character. Lowery is newly built from nothing over the past 5-7 years, and I personally think it is kind of new-development sterile, but everything is pretty much brand new.

Of course, if you are coming this weekend, don't forget to bring your AT skis . St Mary's Glacier was great fun yesterday.
post #37 of 42

Go to www.realtor.com and look for the rental listings. It's got everything in the MLS.

You're so lucky! I'm so jealous!
post #38 of 42
Thread Starter 
Well I found a really nice rental in Denver Friday and everything seems to be falling into place. I can't wait till August when we move...
post #39 of 42
Dumb question from flatlander for those of you who live at the 5000-6000' level around Denver/Boulder metro areas (this question could be for anyone in similar geographic situation) - do your bodies get acclimated to 9000-12000' elevations by going up to the ski areas only one day a week in winter? Or do you go through a noticeable altitude adjustment every time you go skiing for a day in the higher elevations of nearby mtns?
I don't notice elevation much in the East going from sea level to 4000' so maybe that answers my dumb question. Although 5000 to 12500' might be something to contend with. Thanks.
post #40 of 42
Jamesj, I live in Denver. I go to Keystone most weekends, base level about 9000 feet. Every Friday night I have trouble sleeping. By Saturday I am fine.
post #41 of 42
James- I think that it also varies with the individual, but even weekly ascents above 10,000ft, especially if you live in between at moderate altitude, accellerates acclimitazation. I live about a mile from Kima, and never have problems ascending on the weekend, so I may just have better innate physiology for altitude adaption. Living at 5400ft gives significant benefits to acclimitazation to moderate (9000-14000ft) altitude in anyone, but as Kima demonstrates, some people still need some additional time. There is also a phenomenon called "re-entry HAPE", which can happen to people who live at altitude , descend to sea level, and then return to altitude a week later. This is uncommon, but they can develop high altitude pulmonary edema upon re-ascent. The climbers adage of "climb high, sleep low" is true, and you see high altitude climbers taking a day climb to higher altitude then retreating to base camp to accellerate their acclimitazation.

Your question is certainly not dumb, because your ascents to 4000 ft from sea level are not enough elevation gain to see any effects. The real effects of ascent are only noticed once you get over about 7500 feet. Lower than that the difference in oxygen content in the air is not enough to make a huge difference (it makes a little difference, but not enough that most people could detect).
post #42 of 42
Thanks for feedback Kima and dp. Good to know the adjustment is not as severe as the first day or two for visitors from sea level.
This further comment by dp rang true, "The real effects of ascent are only noticed once you get over about 7500 feet." A couple years ago I took a one week ski trip to the Salzburg province of Austria. Stayed in Salzburg city (elev 1400') each night and took shuttle bus each day to a different ski area, none with summits over about 7500'. Never bothered by the effects of altitude during the week, except for some windedness atop a few of the highest summits. Salzburg area is a very beautiful part of what you'd call the Eastern Alps. Big 3000-4000' verticals at the ski areas amidst jagged Teton-like peaks, but with most of the skiing taking place between elevations of 2000-7500 feet above sea level. Easy on the lungs and, you might say, easy on the eyes.
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