Originally Posted by Gpaul
Would I move to Summit Co again? No. There's a lot better places.
Vinn, could you elaborate pls? Where and why? Same conditions:
Why? It's demoralizing, at least for me. Sure - you can get a good 5 years out of the place. But there's some things that suck about it, including:
10 months of winter. Okay, maybe 9. But really you have 2 seasons - summer and winter with almost no spring and fall. It's a REALLY cold place to live. I moved recently and people warned me about how cold it would be here. HAH! This place is like moving to Hawaii compared to Summit Co. When you're wearing a winter jacket in June or scraping frost off your windows in late August you really have to question whether you like the snow that
much. Personally I'd rather have winter last from late October to the beginning of April. Then I'd like to have spring last from April through May followed by a nice summer of June/July/August. Then have fall go September through October. I'd like winter temps to be mild - not much more than freezing and summer temps to reach into the 90's, but very rarely over 100. I'd also like it to not get dark at 8:30 in middle of summer.
Second, tourists suck. Sorry, I know they're the lifeblood of the ski industry and we need to thank them for our jobs. That level of customer service does get beat into your head in Summit Co. and I think it's a good thing. However, being surrounded by tourists all day and all night sucks. And don't even get me going about seasonal dirtbags that come into town every year (sure, 95% are great.. it's the rest that piss you off.) After I've kissed someone's ass during the day, the last thing I really want to do is stand in line behind you at the restaurant I want to eat at. I know it takes about 20 minutes to drive from Copper to Breck on the best of days. When I'm trailing an endless stream of taillights and it takes over 45, then I start looking in the backseat for a bazooka. I'd much rather be at the resort during the day and then go home to a quiet little town at the end of it. It makes me much more pleasant to be around.
Third, losing friends sucks. It takes a while to get to know the locals - the folks who've been there for more than six months and actually stay during the summer. But the worst part is, 5 years from now you'll only know half of them. It gets kind of old constantly losing your best friends when they move across the country back to the 'real' world.
"But wait", you say. "All resort towns are like that." Nope. Sorry. They're not.
Here's my situation, it might not be ideal for you, but it's pure heaven for me. I live in a town with about a 1000 people. I do wish it was a bit bigger, but it's ok. No Wal-Mart; the closest is an hour away. We've got a Subway and Dairy Queen, but no other fast food. I work for the resort and my drive is 25 miles. On average, I usually don't follow anyone on the road to work and only pass about 5 - 6 other cars. I just bought a house in town - 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, $160,000. No, it doesn't have wheels. No one in town has ski racks on their cars and when you go the bar, you rarely
have a conversation about skiing. In fact, it's so infrequent that you actually enjoy it when you do.
Is Summit Co a good place? Sure. Is it the best place you could move? In my opinion, no.