geez. moving to ski areas has been the theme of my life for the past quarter-century or more.
i love tahoe, jobs are plentiful, housing's scarce.
utah is suffers from a mass megalomania, likely the result of the proximity of it's fine pistes to brigham's kids.
mother theresa will feel like david lee roth by comparison to a mormon.
rock on, powderhounds.
vermont can be horribly cliquee, although stowe somehow, as the east's only world-class resort, seems, somehow, above the 'dig-me' mindset.
stratton is best avoided at all costs.
maine rocks, rent's cheap, food's cheap, skiing's killer, same can be said for NH.
i've never skied pennsylvania, but i've heard wonderful things about the quality of the hills in relation to their proximity to major urban centers. seems like a nice tradeoff.
whiteface is, i hear, a great place to live and work,esp.l if one frequents plattsburgh and burlington. saranac can even be a drunkard's wet-dream.
avoid huntah....avoid...with extreme prejudice.
france has the best skiing i've ever experienced, anywher, but living there is tough and rather 'stranger in a strange land'... (and i speak french).
slovenia's cheap, it's got incredible alps, an olympic village, absolutely "dusk-to-dawn-and-beyond" nightlife, cheap employee housing at many resorts, and beautiful ladies...everywhere.
it's likely the best-kept secret in 21st century skiing....unreal.
switzerland's expensive, you really need a 'hook' to get in at a school (don't expect any outpourings oof respect for your psia creds, either), but the skiing, food and atmosphere kick ass. the farther east you go, im schweiz, the cooler the overall attitude becomes. the engadin is the one tru glowing exception to the expensive/snobby/tough to find work statement
austria's more warm, hospitable, more story-book gingerbread feeling, bizarre abdundance of knockout gorgeous ladies, unsinkable nightlife, and tru love for getting in as many runs as possible before hitting the discos
puts it on my personal podium with a gold or silver. it's also a bit easier to find work and housingh, there. many of my czech staff migrate down there in lean snow seasons for the tatry/krknose.
poland has some really difficult hills and great skiers, amazing nightlife (as does romania) and cheaper housing, with plentiful jobs for english-speaking instructors. the pay will keep you drinking enough cheap beer to slur constantly, and maybe enough to afford a small meal a day.
the czech republic has good mountains, kickass people, unparalleled nightlife, good pay, sometimes-affordable housing, and the most beautiful ladies you'll ever see anywhere in the known universe, most of them addicted to skiing and 'boarding.
same can be said for slovakia, buut with the advantage of much better, bigger mountains.
bavaria's cool, but expensive, and they're still reeling from having GIs peeing in their shrubs late at night for the past 50 years. not terribly enthusiastic about us yanks hanging around.
italy's swell, really friendly, excellent terrain, not sure about the work situation therein.
welll...time to get suited up.
: ) beckons.......