Originally Posted by jbuhl
Living here in Boulder is cool but I have made several attempts to get my wife to move to the Pacific Northwest but no go. If you can, go there.
But skiing out of this town can be decent.
You mentioned clean air. Well the air around here is getting better and with the western winds you get some really nice crisp days for a metro city of this size but there are also bad air days. The cycling can not be beat. cycle all year and paths everywhere. For about 2 years I had the pleasure of working in town and I literally did not get in my car all week. When the weekend came I was fired up and ready for a road trip.
Jobs in Boulder area are picking up. Even if you have to commute to Denver. there is an express bus that goes directly to Denver and the buses carry bikes. The buses also travel in HOV lanes now and avoid many of the traffic hassles. I have a friend who commutes on his bike utilizing the bus system and he says it works out well.
You have to be creative to get to ski area's besides Eldora. I have some friends who live in summit county now and that helps a bunch having a floor to bivy on. Once you establish yourself here you make contacts you would be suprised how many days you can log trouble free. YOu just can't expect to get in a car on Saturday morning and no suffer. YOu can cut out of work and still make it to Loveland for a few hours of skiing midweek.
Being able to take a weekend and head down to Taos when they have good snow is worth it's weight in gold.
Housing is bummer here in Boulder. Althought it's a buyers market it can be a discouraging experience. You just have to get used to living in smaller accomdations.
The public school system here I think is really good and there are a bunch of charter and alternative schools here as well.
If you are at all into water sports (besides kayaking) then forget Colorado.
jbuhl: This is good info. I've logged it.
I live in the PNW, but I don't like the skiing here (grass is always greener). Whistler is awesome, but it's a a trek, and pricey beyond belief. No overnight lodging is available on weekends (3-day min.).
The interior of BC can be great, but most of the drivable resorts don't get a lot of snow (maybe 180 inches, maybe less), and getting there is tougher than Summit County.
Mt. Baker isn't my cup to tea, but I hear Crystal and Steven's Pass are nice (too far south).
Everyone's searching for skiing Shangrila.
Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the Nelson area of British Columbia get a lot of dry snow. But, those areas tend to be rural, and magnets mostly for vacationers, or ski bums.