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post #121 of 127
for kids, it's about school, socially and academically.

No, Tahoe is not exactly country in terms of society, read mega-wealth sets the tone here, and the tourists are always partying, which is a strange atmosphere.
though the mountains makes it country athletically and geographically.
post #122 of 127
  The wealthy have contributed nicely around here with the waterfront property taxes, one of my customers pays $1000 a week property tax..our well funded school system has become a magnet for the nouveau riche..Its great for my business and makes it possible for me to live here year round. We dont have the one armed bandits or squaw though
post #123 of 127
There's no ski resort where our cabin is. We are 90 miles east of Steamboat and 25 miles north of WP. We pay taxes on our cabin, my parents (retired) are members of the local church. In my almost 40 years of routine trips to the area, I have watched the main road get paved, the size of the town get doubled, businesses come and go. I have had conversations with business owners were I tell them what was in their building before they moved in. I might not be a local but you'd be hard pressed to find many tourists that care about that area as much as we do.
My son's wants to do his Eagle scout project in that area, not Houston
post #124 of 127
New Hampshuh isn't odd??? LOL.
Originally Posted by polariso View Post

 Im not sure that would apply everywhere.. Id rather have my kids grow up in the country then in the city any day. Although Tahoe is an odd place.. not really a country town.

post #125 of 127
There are two aspects to 'local'.

Resident local skier: a local is one who lives year-round in an area and is willing to put up with their kids in sub-par schools and wacky politicians and lower salary options all for the love of the mountains.

Part-time local skier:: is in it for the skiing, just moved here or visits regularly, embraces the resort, and makes (or made) the money and educated the kids elsewhere.

Resident local non-skier: snowmobiles on the b/c trails and ATVs on anything but the trails.  And aims guns at XC skiers venturing on his property..
post #126 of 127
 I agree with some of these things.  Second homeowners can never be a local, regardless of whether you worked there 20 years ago when you were in college.  Also, just living there doesn't make you a local.  It takes a few years.  Here's some sure fire ways to know if you're a local:

1.  Directions like these make sense: "Go down the street past the old IGA, turn at Sam's place, and go up the road until loops back toward the ridge."

2.  Your friend's names are things like: Dumbfy, Pigger, Weeds, MJ, Coach, and The Green Midget.  You've known them for years, you're not entirely sure of their real names, nor have you ever really questioned it.

3.  You came out of the bar and your car is gone.  You're not worried because you know a friend either had your spare key or knew where to find yours.  He probably needed to get home more than you.

4.  There is a barter system and you understand it.  You know what can be bartered for and what can't. 

5.  The conversation you have the first year you live in town: "Man, I got these sick new sticks.  They're rockered and slice through the pow like butter.  I mounted the bindings chord forward to get a little more tip pressure."

6.  The conversation the second year you live in town: "We skied Alta Chutes all day.  It was good, but I think I need to get into the backcountry tomorrow."

7.  The conversation the third year you live in town: "This season is a bit rough, it's definitely not as good as a couple of years ago."

8.  The conversation the fourth year you live in town: "I sure wish Shamus' was still open.  That was a great bar.  Anyone seen Freddy lately?"

9.  The conversation the fifth year you live in town: "That's b*llsh*t they wouldn't give me a comp ticket.  Seriously, I even offered to trade him my old derailleur.  There's no way I'm paying for a ticket."

10.  The conversation the sixth year you live in town: "My homeowner association is thinking of raising dues again.  I can't believe it.  And they're plowing half as much as last year!  I heard a rumor their thinking of doing an assessment."

11.  The conversation the seventh year you live in town:  "Those idiots buying the second homes up in Snowy Peaks are just gonna screw us all over.  There's no way they're worth that much money."

12.  The conversation the tenth year you live in town: "Yeah, we're thinking of spending a few months with Ed and Sandy down in Page.  It's just so cold here in the winter we'd love to get away somewhere warm.  I'm so jealous they sold their place and bought that houseboat."

13.  The conversation the twentieth year you "live" in town:  "We drove up and went skiing this weekend.  We went to the old K Lift pub and Coach was still there.  Apparently Weeds moved to California with MJ.  Dumbfy lost his property management job.  Those morons at that company don't realize a good employee when they've got one."
post #127 of 127
You wake up at primary residence each morning before you head up to your home mountain and you return there each night, at least two or three days a week.  Maybe you live five minutes away or maybe you have a bit of a drive but the key thing is you are living out of your own home when you ski your home mountain and you ski your home mountain a lot. 

If one or two days every other weekend and you drive three hours to ski, you're not a local.

If you have a second home at the mountain your not a local.  There ought to be a name for people that aren't locals and aren't tourons but are serious adn dedicated skiers but "local" isn't really the right term.  Maybe if someone has a seasonal place they stay at all winter and they don't travel back to their primary residence during the week to work, then they'd be a local.  But weekend travelers still ain't locals.

I consider myself a local at Wa as I ski there two or three days a week from my own home.

If I had a condo at Sugarloaf and skied there every weekend, I would not consider myself a local.

If I had a condo at Sugarloaf and moved in in November and moved out in April, I'd consider myself a local after three or four years of that.

Edited by learn2turn - 3/8/10 at 3:08pm
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