Having been to Bend for the first time this past November I liked the area.
I did not get the impression that realestate was cheap? I t would be an area worth investigating.
I like where i live and will never (NEVER LEAVE) but we have enough people here so look elsewhere.
Utah Salt lake area is a good bet for someone who needs city but wants to get to sking and outdoor recreation fast.
Look hard for a reason to not go to Utah. It may be the best bet.
I love the recreational opportunities here, but as a town to live in (general vibe and attitude) Bend is very yuppified and a bit stuck on itself. I think Portland is a much better city. Commuting by bicycle is safe and the norm there, and coffee (Stumptown) is much better, good restaurants are cheaper, and yet the mountains are still close, riding is great, and the people there actually ride, instead of bragging about how expensive their Colnago was. Great Cyclocross series in the fall and track racing during the summer! 3 ski areas within an hour and 15 minutes. Beautiful summers and fall, a bit grey winter and spring, but with nice sun breaks (not bad at all, IMO). Although Portland is no cheaper in terms of housing.
Ogden seems like a great place. If we were to relocate, and there were jobs, I would be there in a second. It is a bit of a run-down area, but housing is probably very affordable.