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Best place to write and ski?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Long-time lurker, first-time poster...

After too many years of east coast metropolitan living, my girlfriend and I have developed delusions of escaping to the mountains next winter and writing the Next Great American _______ (she: Novel; me: Movie. Neither will happen, of course, but it's fun to pretend.) We're thinking of renting a cabin somewhere out west for the winter, and we're trying to find the perfect place. We're looking for isolation*, cheapness, natural beauty, lots of snow, and the right mountain. She's new to skiing. I'm adequate, at least for someone who can only escape New York a few times a year: I don't ski backcountry, but I can ski pretty much anything in-bounds on Whistler or Snowbird, where I usually ski.

Where's our perfect mountain?

*The one exception to the isolation requirement is that we need an internet connection. This ruins the romantic Hemingway-esque solitude of it all, but whatever.
post #2 of 11
Well... you should consider backcountry! Or at least consider learning a bit of slackcountry skiing. I am thinking of the Nelson, BC area - Red and Whitewater offer some good skiing without crowds and Nelson is a small community that has a cultural vibe that you might like. Not so much a true beginner's area, but all ski hills have learning terrain. Perhaps others more familiar with Red could chime in.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I know I should start looking to the backcountry, but somewhere along the way I developed a deep fear of ducking ropes. Also, since we'd presumably be alone wherever we went, and she wouldn't be able to do backcountry/sidecountry, I probably wouldn't feel comfortable exploring it by myself...

Also, I'd certainly rather she be challenged by a difficult mountain than I be bored by an unchallenging one

Appreciate the tip--I'll do some research into Nelson.
post #4 of 11
No - nothing illegal - there is a ton of backcountry and sidecountry in BC - you just need to be properly trained and adequately prepared (definitely a learning opportunity in BC). Truthfully, this journey is going to have as much fun in the planning as it will in the doing. Enjoy!
post #5 of 11
Research the Driggs, Idaho/Alta Wyoming area. Ski Targhee and Jackson.

Tons of snow, small town living and more natural beauty than you can shake a stick at in the Teton Valley.
post #6 of 11
Join the rest of the commune in Sandpoint skiing and more.
post #7 of 11
Montana attracts lots with your same dreams.

Do you want to be in an area with lots of similar types looking to write screenplays, novels, magazine pieces, etc.? Try Bozeman, Missoula, or Livingston....a lot of artists/writers even are moving to Butte (?!?!?), though you'll drive a bit to the skiing. Great in-bounds skiing within an hour from each. (That's a short drive by Montana standards.)

Do you want to be a writer in a town that isn't really a writer's/artist's colony, but with good skiing not terribly far? Try Dillon, Ennis, or Anaconda.

Do you want to commit to backcountry skiing (it's not what you think)? Try Gardiner or West Yellowstone.

Do you want a mix of funky artsiness, small Western town, in-bounds skiing, and four-season backcountry? Bozeman, Whitefish, and Red Lodge. Well, Bozeman ain't as "small" as it used to be, so I guess Belgrade or Gallatin Gateway.
post #8 of 11
Wow! Just found this! After spending most of my life in the urban hell-holes of New York and Boston, I moved to Summit County. Within the three years that I've lived here, I've, written, and had published two fitness books, four career guide ebooks and one ski novel that is currently under contract. Any mountain destination will enhance your creativity. Good luck pursuing your dream!
post #9 of 11
I met a guy in the base lodge at Stratton Vt. writing a book on neurobiology. He said he writes all his books there, somehow the noise level and view were just right.
post #10 of 11
I know the perfect spot, room #206, Sun Valley Lodge. Only problem is you're 60 yrs too late for cheap isolation :

In addition to the other suggestions, how about Weber Valley, UT? Pop over to Park City for novel and movie ideas during Sundance week, get peace and quiet the rest of the time.
post #11 of 11
Sixt, at the end of the Vallee du Giffre, France.

The picturesque valley terminates in a sheer vertical wall of rock. If you can climb it, it saves the round trip to Switzerland. They store cheeses in caves, drink genepy by log fires and leave cereal out for the chamois at night. You might even be lucky enough to be isolated from the outside world for months.

Actually, I'm packing in my life tonight and doing it myself. See you there!
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