Originally Posted by okolepuka
Does anyone know about any ski towns that would be similar to Park City back in the 80's?
A town with a laid back mellow vibe, cool people living the mountain lifestyle, still affordable property.
I read an article about Nelson, BC that made the town sound great, weed and all, anyone been to Nelson?
I live in Nelson. I am an American; I've owned property in Winter Park, CO and Fort Collins, CO, among other places.
Nelson has its good side and its not-so-good side.
Excellent local ski area, with plenty of snowfall most years, steep terrain both in bounds and out of bounds, friendly family atmosphere, and some very hardcore skiers.
Many epic powder days this season (2005-2006).
30 minutes from my driveway to the Whitewater parking lot.
Several local cat ski operations. You can go standby for relatively cheap.
Two ski shops that know anything.
Several very large local lakes offer additional recreational opportunities.
Very nice beach right in town.
Excellent hiking, mountain biking, etc.
Excellent backcountry access.
Several very nice provincial parks close by.
"Laid back" local vibe. Many, many coffee shops.
Some very nice heritage houses.
Real estate between Nelson and Salmo tends to be very reasonable.
The mountains are covered with trees. It makes Fernie look like a desert.
Not so good:
Rain in January.
Rapidly rising real estate prices - my assessment went up 15% this year.
Nelson is crammed on a hillside next to the West Arm of Kootenay Lake - in town doesn't offer a lot of breathing room.
"Heritage" can also be code for "money pit."
Only two ski shops that know anything. No real bootfitting services.
Employment can be difficult - but then, a significant portion of the local population (many of whom are not skiers or otherwise involved in backcountry activity, except in the harvest of the local, um, "crop") doesn't really want to work.
Heard at a local coffee shop: "I don't really want a job right now, because if I got one, I'd have to get time off right away so I could hang out."
Very high percentage of smokers of all ages, most of whom seem to think someone else should pick up their butts. The sidewalk on Baker Street is always littered with them.
City water is heavily chlorinated.
To clarify the "don't want to work" business: Although I myself would prefer to work as little as possible and ski as much as possible, I don't have the opinion that I am entitled to the support of others while I play.