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post #31 of 40
Originally Posted by okolepuka View Post
You should talk your mom and dad into moving out west. I know some people here in PC who have moved their parents out from California and the east coast just so they can keep an eye on them.
Get them to come out and visit, I'm from the NE and so is my entire family. Parents came out to Salt Lake this year to visit and decided this is where they want to retire. Will I still be here ?

Who knows but part of life at least for me is the adventure. Remember that time you bushwacked through the trees for like two hours to hit some rotten snow on 20 degree hill, not alot of fun. But if I didn't go I would have to sit there still wondering what it was like.
post #32 of 40
I have two buddies that packed it all up after college and moved to Truckee, CA about three years ago after college and are "living the dream" as they say.
they're both dirt poor, working at ski resorts, living with roomates and are both getting burned out on it.
mostly they say that they're tired of being poor! haha
but they're both in great shape and the lucky bastards get to snowboard all the damn time.
but one thing you have to remember about those little mountain towns- no girls! one of my friends in san diego described the scene up there as "something out of Deliverance" haha
go into any bar on a friday night and basically any girl who walks in gets drooled over by the guys like a pack of starving dogs looking at a t-bone steak! the ratio out there has to be something like 10:1.
so yeah... living the dream has its ups and downs I'd say.
post #33 of 40
Originally Posted by Spanish Armada View Post
Parents came out to Salt Lake this year to visit and decided this is where they want to retire. Will I still be here ? ....
Same with BOTH my parents and my wife's. They absolutely love it here, but I don't know how much longer we will live here. Getting too crowded. Alta, WY & Bozeman, MT may be on the short list.

post #34 of 40
Xtremity, obviously making thousands of powder turns a year isn't that important to you. I'm glad, if all the Joey's move out West then where will I have to move next?
I think family is important, but I spent 22 years making my family happy, now I'm out on my own making myself happy. But you know what happenned along the way, I formed a new family and now my old family comes to visit us because there are way more healthy things for families to do together in the mountains than in a big city (hiking, skiing, fishing, boating, hunting etc...).
And as far as the girls are concerned, if you can find a genuine Rocky Mountain girl who was actually raised out here then you might just find one of the sweetest, coolest, most unpretentious, non-materialistic women on the planet, I did.
post #35 of 40
As somebody who has lived in San Francisco for going on a decade, there is something pretty damn alluring about the mountain lifestyle.

I just got back from a few days in Telluride. I was lucky enough to be staying in a slopside condo with 3 Denverites and a born and bred Montrosian. To top it off we got the locals treatment thanks to a couple of Telluride friends (a housekeeper/skier and a lawyer/skier). There was something really great about going into the bars and restaurants and having everybody know the people who were our "guides." It was like Cheers in the mountains.

The only thing I did wonder was what all these locals did for jobs and how they made ends meet to pay for the rent in T-Ride, which I hear is atrocious (I was told that many of the laborers and kids working at the resort are bused in from Montrose where housing is way cheaper).

The lawyer we were hanging with seemed to know everybody in town. I met some of the firemen and folks who worked as bartenders and waitresses. Everybody seemed to love tying a serious one on (then again it was Friday and Saturday...I'd have to hang out mid-week to see what that's like). The appeal of skiing and getting drunk with friends 7 days a week is still there, though not as strong as it might have been in my immediate post-collegiate days. But I hear ya on the "culture" angle. While I don't go to the opera or symphony or theater that much, it's nice to have it nearby. If you were to live in T-Ride, you'd be 6 hours drive from Denver.

On the other hand, it was kind of nice to get away from the tabloid fascinated, reality TV infatuated, hustle and bustle of the city for a few days and just take in the cold air, crusty slopes, and suck down a few suds with some friends. Dunno if I could do it 24/7, but it's damn inticing.

Anyway, my feelings on the subject boil down to this: if you have to ask, then it prolly ain't for you!

And I think it would be WAY easier to do solo than with a family (wife and kids) in tow. If you're solo you can find roommates, live on the cheap, and pack up and move with ease if you decide you don't like it. If you've got a family, that's a whole other ballgame chappie!
post #36 of 40
I love reading about this debate as this is a constant thought of mine. I grew up in central New York (Syracuse) and moved to Chapel Hill, NC about 12 yrs ago. My wife, who I met here, is from Maryland originally. My family is still all in the North East, where as my wife's parents have moved to about 40 minutes from us. We both have good jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, but are not currently allowed to work remotely on a regular basis.

I always thought that after college, I would take a couple of years and move out west to ski. Unfortunately, I was not able to do this and had to get a job. I was lucky enough a few years ago to winter in Jackson Hole and ski every day for about two months. During this time, my wife and I bought a piece of property over in Driggs, ID very close to Targee and not too far from JH along with Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs.

I don't know when (if ever) we will build on the land. I can't really afford to have a second home right now. I'd love to have a place to visit each year for a few weeks of skiing. Right now, we get in a week or two a year when we are lucky.

For us, the bottom line comes down to family. Even though my family is 700 miles away, I can still drive there in a day if I need to. It's just not as easy to get on a plane and go at a moments notice esp. with the $ it takes to fly. Maybe some day, I'll be able to build in Driggs and visit whenever I want, but for now, I'm here in Chapel Hill.
post #37 of 40
Interesting thread. Everyone is different.


I have always held the philosophy that where you live is one of the most important factors in life. Where you live determines so many things. So I have always picked places to live and then sought employment in the area. It may surprise some to see how steeping out in faith in this way always seems to work out.

I should note that my wife and I dislike cities and our choices have always been areas with towns under 15,000. At least since college. I am a San Francisco native and she is from Chicago land.

My wife and I are living the dream in that we moved to the Sierras five years ago. Something that we had been thinking about for five years previous.

I left a comfy analyst job in Mendocino County, (North of SF) and she had a decent law practice. I saw an ad for a Social Worker position in the part of the Sierras we were considering. Got the Job and we moved. A year later my wife landed a position with a local law firm.

Now as to the main concerns people have about moving to a new area to follow a dream. Well for us our income is higher and the price of houses is two thirds of what it was in Mendocino. Socially, it is better also. People are real friendly and that includes the long time locals. We live a mile from the national forest and 40 minutes from a ski resort. Hike and bike paradise.

Oh, yea, I should mention that I took up skiing as a result of our move. Hello season number four!

So follow the dream and take the chance. You only have one life, so live it.
post #38 of 40
If you don't do it this year, you will be one year older when you do...

A mantra of evey skier.

For the most part WHEN Lola and I decide to move..we will eb leavign very little behind. I am not close with my family which is about 2 hours away. Lola's family which we are much closer to are in Vermont, San Fran and Alaska. As far as friends, You will always keep your good friends and I have met many here that I would to spend more time with too. You have to make yourself happy before you can make anyone else happy.
post #39 of 40
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
If you don't do it this year, you will be one year older when you do...

A mantra of evey skier.

As far as friends, You will always keep your good friends and I have met many here that I would to spend more time with too. .
So true about the friends.

Sadly tho, 95% of people who "don't do it this year" end up never doing it. It's always "this year". Even after 20.
post #40 of 40
I agree. I made the move to the mountains (well, Bozeman is actually in a valley...) and really enjoy the ski seasons.

A caveat to those prone to idealizing the ski-town life: most of the year is the off-season. That's what drives many people crazy. You have to get serious about mtb-ing or fly fishing or something like that. Many aren't drawn to the summer activities that the mountains offer, and they get stir crazy.

Mountain towns, except the big ones in CO, are also hard to leave. Typically, two people can fly into a mountain town and back to a coast for what it costs one person who lives in the mountains to do the same in reverse. And people in Chicago could fly to Europe for less than it would cost me to fly to Chicago. (I understand the economics of "why." It's just a reality of living in the mountains that few factor in until they're here for a few years.) Multiply that over a family of five or more and it adds up.

And if you've lived in/near a big city, you'll always know that the museums/cultural pursuits are never the same.

I have a lot of friends who've moved here because they believe it's a great place to raise kids. I've also known a lot of people who move back to a coastal city (mostly Portland or Seattle) because they want their kids to experience more diversity and culture. (Living in a mountain town can be like living inside a loaf of Wonder bread--the blandest form of whiteness.)

But, if you don't delude yourself about the whole enchilada (just try getting a good enchilada!) and you're up for it, you'll love it.

In sum, the grass is indeed always greener.
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