Good posts!! I am looking to move soon.. i wish i could ski everyday for a whole season but i've been living off the G.I. Bill for the last couple of years since i got out of the Navy, i just received a degree in Rhetorical Communications, now i'm just about broke and need a job. If i don't move by the end of this month i fear i might have to work here for awhile, gain experience, and then move.
Here's a breakdown of my reasoning so far: (i'm 27yrs old btw)
I took a trip to Utah, mainly because i wanted to know if i could live there. Went to Alta and Solitude, had a great time, but the whole state seems consumed by this "naive innocence" that i do not think i could adapt to.
Jackson Hole would be awesome, i saw a link JHRefugee had, and checked out their local papers, i have an uncle that lives in Idaho falls... but to live there year after year, i'm saying i think it might be a little remote. I've been living in Long Beach, Ca most of my life (I do prefer less crowded resorts though for sure)
I worked up at the Timberline Lodge last summer, it was awesome, got to ski all summer long on the glacier, went home 4,000 feet below and had nice summer weather. Got together after work with friends, had fires down by the river, parited, had fun.. Portland was at the top of my list, maybe to even move to after i establish myself for a few years after eventually one day buying a place in Tahoe or Colorado... but for now, yeah it seems like not too many people (at least near Mt Hood) were not making any decent money, and i hear that they never really get any Powder days.. and that was coming from Timberline's long time night auditor.
I thought about Whistler, but it seems like it might be a hassle with citizenship, and i have no idea how the real estate issue would work out up there.
I've been to Tahoe many times, so it feels like a safer choice, but i do want to experience the Rockies... Vail, snowmass, breck, keystone, steamboat, copper, telluride.. the list goes on. I doubt Colorado has Oregons stellar forests, AND even though as a mountain i rate Heavenly just decent, you can't beat those views anywhere. Tahoe has spectacular views and has a high concentration of quality resorts. So i'm kinda torn.
As far as jobs go, i have a Comm degree, have my 4 yrs of experience in the Navy, but do not feel like i'm qualified for a number of good jobs. Right now i'm looking at a Workers comp job with Heavenly Valley... Harrah's casino is hiring, i've been looking in all the online newspaper classified ads, and countless other websites. Throughout Tahoe or Colorado i can probably apply for a job in Human Resources or Front Desk/Room service (tips) at a hotel.
Real estate assistant might work, Sales and Marketing would be okay, i like to talk alot, but am not sure that i have that killer instinct to be annoying and close the sale.
It looks like Tahoe and Breckenridge/Frisco have reasonable rental rates, but actually buying something will be a different issue. i took some R.E. classes and want to get to the point where i can buy a place, wait two years, escape the capital gains tax, cash out the equity for a down payment on another place (single family or apartment units) rent out the first place, and keep on gong till i'm set.
I'd also down the road like to take out a loan and learn to fly helo's, maybe make that my job one day... i know i'm kind of all over the place... but i'm at a pivotal time in my life and have a lot to think about/decide.
Thanks for your insight/wisdom