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post #61 of 83
Well Said Gonz!!!! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #62 of 83
I have to put up a suggestion for my home turf. It is not really a "Ski Town" but Hood River, Oregon is an all season recreation mecca. Mount Hood Meadows is <30 minutes away, and the area stays fairly free of snow most of the year. Windsurfing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and fishing all branch out from Hood River.

Hood river is a full city with all the ammenties that come with one, including a Hospital. And, Portland is around an hour away. Hood river comes with the longest ski season in North America - October-September.

Check it out:
Ski areas: www.skihood.com www.timberlinelodge.com www.skibowl.com www.cooperspur.com

www.hoodriver.org - hoodriver chamber of commerce.
post #63 of 83
How do I know? Because, without being asked or prodded, THEY TOLD ME. I'm sure I'm not the first person who has received an unsolicited explanation of a devoutly religious person's beliefs.

The fact that they are Mormon does not make any difference to me. They were nice to me, and I was nice back. As mentioned above, I'm still in touch with these people, and plan on taking the Hertz lady and her husband out to dinner when I'm in SLC for the Bears Gathering.

Sorry to put a hole in your persecution theory.
post #64 of 83

My glass house doesn't fare well against stones either!!!!
post #65 of 83
Originally posted by BrownSki:
Also, I know Salt Lake City has been talked about a bit in respect to the LDS, but what is Park City like? I saw a few people that live in Park City, what is your take? Is it a 4 seasons town? Should I bump Park City up on the list? Is there still a skier’s town feel to the area after the Olympics came through? And how hard is it really to get a beer after a day on the slopes?
I don't think anyone from town has taken a crack at this so:

PC is 4 seasons, mtn biking/hiking/fishing/golfing etc. I don't know your list but PC is 35 miles from an International Airport, just 30 minutes from several major hospitals (my wife works at St. Marks) and I access the 'net via a super solid DSL line with other options abounding. As a skier's town being affected by the Olympics I'm not too sure what you mean, they're actually quite concerned about the lack of Olympic symbols and stuff around town right now! Lastly, I'm drinking a nice "Eddie McStiff's Rock Amber Ale" while I'm typing this - not an issue...

Seriously if you have any ?s give me a pm.
post #66 of 83
Interesting thread -- I face a variant of the same situation. I'm graduating from college in a year, and will have a chance to move wherever I'd like. I obviously don't have a career yet, and would like to keep my options open as much as possible, so moving to a small, isolated ski town really isn't in my plans. However, access to quality skiing and good outdoor recreation is a top priority, right behind business and career potential.

I'm currently leaning toward Seattle, which seems to have just about everything _but_ world class skiing within an hour's drive. The Seatleites I spoke to on the chair at Whistler didn't seem too up on Crystal Mountain or Snoqualmie, so it looks like maybe a 4 - 5 hour drive to a BC mountain might be the nearest really good skiing. Can anyone from Seattle comment on how the city rates for skiers?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

[ January 20, 2003, 02:26 AM: Message edited by: superplexity ]
post #67 of 83

You can get high speed internet access anywhere in the US. All you need is a satellite system. check starband.com and dishnetwork.com
post #68 of 83
looks like we have a "HAHVID"(harvard) boy among us..!
post #69 of 83
From Todays Suumit County daily Paper

January 21, 2003

High-speed Internet access to debut in May

Jane Reuter

SUMMIT COUNTY - High-speed Internet service will be available to about 90 percent of the county's residents and businesses by May, county information systems director Byron Rice told the county commissioners Monday. It's a goal the county has been working toward for more than three years.

"Dec. 31, we signed a contract," Rice said. "The vendor will start this month implementing this solution."

The contract is with Peak Speed Communications Inc. of Breckenridge.
post #70 of 83
Thread Starter 
High speed connection in Breck, now there is nothing to stop me. Come August, I live in Colorado!!!!
post #71 of 83
Thread Starter 
I would like to revive this tread if I could. I believe I have made my decision to move to Summit County, now the question is where? Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Dillon, or Frisco? Does anyone have any feedback on these places, pros and cons? Any local's take? Where should I move? I am looking to go this coming August. Thank you!
post #72 of 83

Seattle is a great ski city. It is true that the snow is not as good as Utah or Colorado, and that the sun doesn’t always shine. However, the mountains are great, and the terrain is steep and amazing. Crystal has excellent terrain, including some truly amazing hike-to stuff. Baker almost always gets more snow than any other area in the country, and the terrain is sick. Alpental (you can forget the other Snoqualmie areas) and Stevens are also good. All of these places are easy day trips from Seattle.

Plus, Whistler is an easy weekend trip, and the interior of BC isn’t that far either…

On top of the local areas, the backcountry terrain is mind-boggling, and with the deep snowpack you can find places to make turns well into the summer.

The downside is that every so often the Pacific Northwest has a crappy year (like this year) where snow levels are often high, and the ski areas get rain. The flip side of that is that most years the snow is deep, deep, deep. Mt. Baker has had years where over 1,000 inches of snow has fallen - you can see the record snow level marked on the lift towers. We were there over the holidays this year. Even though this is a bad year in the PNW, the skiing was awesome. On Christmas Day, Mt. Baker had 12 inches. The next day 29 inches. On Friday (the day we skied) there were at least 10 more, and it snowed all day. No, it wasn’t light and dry snow, but damn it was fun.

Compared to the skiing you get now in New England, the local Seattle areas rock (and I have skied extensively in both places).

Seattle is a good city, but you have to be able to handle the grey winters. People talk about the rain, but it isn’t the rain as much as it is the gloom. Yes, it rains frequently, but it is typically winter has just a constant drizzle (it rains more in Boston (44.2 in/yr) than Seattle (36.2 in/yr)). It is a temperate coastal climate - people still do things outside in the winter - they just wear gore-tex. However, it is grey all the time. If you like sunny days, winter in Seattle will be tough. The flip side is that summers (although short) are perfect. From July 4th through September Seattleites enjoy mid-70s and sunshine every day.

If you like Seattle on other fronts, don’t rule it out because of the skiing. Crystal, Baker, Alpental, and Stevens are all close to Seattle. These places have steep, interesting terrain, and are typically blessed by copious amounts of snow. The skiing really is great. Let me know if you have any other questions.

post #73 of 83
Steamboat has high speed net. SpringSips is the major local provider there, they have a reputation for good service.

They have good backcountry, you just need to know where to look.

Yes, its an easy mountain to ski, the place gets buried under powder all winter long - duh!

If you're looking for challenge, A-basin is only 1 1/2 hours away. The Gore Range is only 1 hour away (for real backcountry)

Great summers and an awesome winter sports club for yer kids.

- Paul

Hey, no one has mentioned Crusty Butt errr Crested Butte.

[ February 05, 2003, 08:14 PM: Message edited by: skierpaul ]
post #74 of 83
I second what Fredskier said. The terrain around Seattle is great IMHO. I have skied most resorts in Utah and CO, and while the mountains and snow here isn't as nice as those places, I would say its about 85% of the way there. And for the big weekends, I head to BC.

And skiing here is much cheaper than CO or UT. Baker it $28/day during the week, Crystal is $44 everyday.
post #75 of 83
post #76 of 83
Thread Starter 
Awesome! Thank you for the link.
We are pretty much decided on Summit County, of course I am heading to Bozeman, MT in March and I could fall in love with that place
post #77 of 83
Originally posted by oboe:
[QB Meanwhile, you get to meet Karl Malone in the supermarket and chat with him.

Well that settles it...I'm moving. The lure of intelligent discourse is too hard to resist.
post #78 of 83
How about these towns
Sandpoint Idaho, nice all year resort town, good ski area, Schweitzer Mtn

Wenatchee or Leavenworth WA on the sunny west side of the Cascades, between Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge ski areas. Two distinct types of snow conditions/weather

McCall Idaho, Brundage Mtn
post #79 of 83
Want to move to a 'ski town'? You and a million
other wannabe's. Stay where your at, come
visit, but that's all. Every ski town in the
West is being desrtoyed by outsiders and most
of us are sick or it!!
post #80 of 83
Thanks for the well thought out reply from such a hard core 5th generation ski town resident. I'm glad your not just some ski bum responding in the typical knee jerk fashion.
post #81 of 83
Nord, why is it everyone from the big
city thinks everyone living in a so
called ski town is a ski bum. To us
the lifts rising above our town is like
Seattle being surrounded by water, it's
just a feature of our home. But now our
little town has been invaded the past decade
because Madison Ave. said mountain living is
hip, and the tide of people has rolled up and
over our heads. All the small homes here
were thrown in the trash so some dirt pimp can
build a 15,000 ft spec home that some Texan will buy
to validate his ego. That home will sit empty all
year except for two or three weeks, when once a
family lived there all year round, a family
that added to the community. But that family
had to move because they couldn't afford to
live there anymore. Now the town I love is all
like that, a collection of trophy homes that sit
empty most of the year, while locals have been
forced to move away or down valley.
Everyone I know, ie.. natives, are sick of people
moving to 'ski towns', what's more we beleive
that the colorado 'ski town' is dead, except maybe one.
I could write for hours on this subject.
So Nord, it maybe a knee jerk reactions but what else
can a 'ski bum' do?
post #82 of 83
Pyramid writes his posts in ski-bum iambic pentameter.
post #83 of 83

I didn't assume you were a ski bum. I got that info from your profile.
Western ski town natives. Most people refer to them as Ranchers. Everybody else is an immigrant. Especially those who label themselves as ski bums.
How many of your friends are involved in construction, landscaping, property maintenance or real estate? These people directly benefit from your ski town sprawl. How about ski area marketing, travel, advertising, ski movies, ski/action sports photography etc. These are the people that pimp the concept of mountian sports/living to the masses. Blame Madison Avenue or blame your fellow ski town residents? Where do you live, Colorado ski town or is that Colorado resort town?

"So Nord, it maybe a knee jerk reactions but what else
can a 'ski bum' do?"

1) Buy property. If you been there for a decade and haven't bought property you have made a mistake. Scrape together a down payment and take in renters.
2) Run for or at least influence city/township board. For example: Whistler has a ordinance where only a limited amount of beds will be built. All new condos have to be available for rent, so they don't sit vacant.
3) Move from a Resort town to a real ski town.
4) Control your own destiny.

Profile for pyramid
Member Status: EpicSki

Member Number: 2718
Registered: April 16, 2002
Posts: 76
Location: Woody Creek
Occupation: ski bum
Interests: ski climb bike
Home Ski Mountain: Aspen, and Colorado backcountry
Favorite Ski Terrain: steep and deep
Ski Gear: yes
Avg. Number of Days Skiing per Year: 120
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