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post #91 of 204
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Originally Posted by Max_501 View Post
What mountain would you choose as your home base? Why?
I can, and choose Snowbird.
post #92 of 204
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
Jackson Hole.

Simple: Steep and Deep!

Tried Utah. The snow and terrain is amazing (Snowbird rules). But, you can't easily live in BCC or LCC. That means living in SLC burbs with the Mormon thing. Didn't work for us.
But you don't *NEED* to live *IN* the LCC. I can get to Snowbird in 15 minutes ( when the road is clear and there aren't tourons driving 20 MPH up the canyon in rental cars ) but I don't live IN the canyon. And as far as the Mormon comment... all religions have their own issues. Don't *try* to offend people.
post #93 of 204
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
If its about the skiing and the other factors don't matter... Utah is the place.
Nice picture, but that doesn't even look like a good day ( other than the clear skies ).
post #94 of 204
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
SLC and Denver aren't even in the same league as many of the European cities such as Zurich, Geneva, Grenoble or Vianna. Efficient and affordable public transport makes the entire Alps easily accessible from almost all big cities in France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland! Totally un-matched in the US.
You can get from the airport to snowbird on public transportation in about an hour. Personally, I'm grateful for it not being "in the same league" as other cities you mention. SLC is what it is, and I love it how it is.
post #95 of 204
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Originally Posted by volklskier1 View Post
Max that's easy, MAmmoth or Squaw
when I used to work at KW, my roommate's girlfriend was from OZ. I asked her why she decided to come to tahoe/kw. She said; "Because I read somewhere that it has more sunny days than anywhere else in the world."

Her boyfriend and I looked at each other, smirked, "We chose this place because it gets more snow than anywhere else."

post #96 of 204
Jackson Hole has long been my favorite ski area. In addition it is central to an amazing area that includes great lakes, wildlife, numerous wilderness areas, great and varied scenery. Unfortunately it also now has a great many people. This latter fact is somewhat antithetical to the nature of its appeal, in my opinion. While I envy Bob Peters and others who manage to live there, I am left with the suspicion that this, and similar places should be visited and not moved-to. Actually I wonder why so many people do flock to such places since flocks tend to be more at home in other types of places. Anyway, when I do discover a better place, I'm not talking!
post #97 of 204
Oisin, other New Hampies,
I recently drove by Littleton, NH. In March it sure looked like a little piece of New England-style heaven and far enough north to be a little off the beaten path even tho I93 skirts town. What can you tell me about it besides nice proximity to Cannon, BW, Burke, etc? What are some of the other pros and cons of that area?
post #98 of 204
That's easy, exactly where I have lived the last 27 years.....first Jackson then the MRV in Vermont.
post #99 of 204
If I could live without going to a pro baseball game, i'd go with Tahoe. Yes, Tahoe doesn't a lot of choice of modern life(restaurants, shopping, entertainment) compared to an SLC or denver; but i dont think most skiers live for that stuff.

Since i cannot live without pro baseball, i choose breckenridge. maybe not the best mountain, but a great skitown and vail's a short drive and the rockies park is about the best around IMHO.
post #100 of 204
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Tahoe doesn't a lot of choice of modern life(restaurants, shopping, entertainment) compared to an SLC or denver; but i dont think most skiers live for that stuff.
"Most skiers" don't live for pro-baseball either.

"Most skiers" are actually very much like you. We all want a balance of skiing and non-skiiing life, being it restuarant or pro-baseball. That's what makes this "if you could live ANYWHERE" interesting.
post #101 of 204
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Originally Posted by skicougar View Post
If I could live without going to a pro baseball game, i'd go with Tahoe. Yes, Tahoe doesn't a lot of choice of modern life(restaurants, shopping, entertainment) compared to an SLC or denver; but i dont think most skiers live for that stuff.
Actually, most skiers care a lot more about that stuff than skiing. Not most skiers here on this forum I realize, but look around, and don't that forget most Bears are not very representative of the skiing public.

Personally, for this point in my life, if I could live anywhere, I'd probably stay right here in Seattle. I'm living in a very fun city, close to the water and the mountains, and have a good balance of skiing and the rest of my life. I love to ski, but it's not all I love to do. If you could park LCC and BCC (and their snow) right outside Seattle instead of SLC, I'd be in heaven, but this'll do for now.
post #102 of 204
as a Red Sox fan living in Tahoe... i do make a point of going to a few games a year... including Game 4 of the World Series in Denver .

i love living in Tahoe, and like the mountain lifestyle. it was more difficult for my wife who is a city gal at heart. but for overall lifestyle... it works for us. some "city" things just take a little more effort and now that ski season is wrapping up for us.... our calendar is filling up with trips to SF Bay Area, Mammoth, Boston, Maine, Maui, Yosemite, etc. fun times!!!
post #103 of 204
Exactly!

The city folks come to the mountain for a week or two of skiing in the winter. The (affluent) ski-bums go to the city for a couple of weeks of shopping and entertainment in the summer.
post #104 of 204
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
Exactly!

The city folks come to the mountain for a week or two of skiing in the winter. The (affluent) ski-bums go to the city for a couple of weeks of shopping and entertainment in the summer.
Did you just say AFFLUENT... SKI-BUMS?! :
post #105 of 204
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
Did you just say AFFLUENT... SKI-BUMS?! :
Do you mean to tell me that there isn't a significant population of trustafarian ski bums in Telluride?

I know we've got our share here in Jackson Hole. On THAT side of the fence, anyway, I did a really lousy job of choosing my parents.
post #106 of 204
while i am not a "ski bum".... it has definitely taken me several years of careful planning to put together the lifestyle that i have for myself and my family. some decisions i figured out early in my career (like having skills that are in demand and portable). unfortunately for me, this did mean several years away from my roots in the mountains. but all good things come around and i still found away to ski/coach 60+ days this season while starting a new company....

RE: trust funders. i wish... my room mate in college was one... came into his inheritance at 21. that was fun time, and then we graduated and i realized i had to get a job. . but those were definitely good times....
post #107 of 204
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
Oisin, other New Hampies,
I recently drove by Littleton, NH. In March it sure looked like a little piece of New England-style heaven and far enough north to be a little off the beaten path even tho I93 skirts town. What can you tell me about it besides nice proximity to Cannon, BW, Burke, etc? What are some of the other pros and cons of that area?
James
I don't know much more than you about Littleton. It is a great location. Bethlehem, just down the road has a collection of old hotels, bungalow cottages etc with great views. Nearby Franconia, Sugar Hill are fairly affluent. The problem north of the notches is a really difficult economy. The historic mainstays of the economy there, the timber and pulp/paper industries are in decline. Berlin and Gorham are two other towns with spectacular locations, great scenery etc. but their mills have been shutting down for good lately. Housing and real estate are relatively inexpensive. Jobs are scarce. Second home buyers and retirees are beginning to take advantage of the depressed economics which must be galling for people who've lived there for generations. Ultimately the place will rebound because it is beautiful with great skiing, hunting, fishing, lakes, mountains, great north woods etc and relatively accessible via I93, I95. I would say that if you have some money to invest its probably a safe bet but I wouldn't know howto make a living there.
post #108 of 204
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Originally Posted by oisin View Post
James
I don't know much more than you about Littleton. It is a great location. Bethlehem, just down the road has a collection of old hotels, bungalow cottages etc with great views. Nearby Franconia, Sugar Hill are fairly affluent. The problem north of the notches is a really difficult economy. The historic mainstays of the economy there, the timber and pulp/paper industries are in decline. Berlin and Gorham are two other towns with spectacular locations, great scenery etc. but their mills have been shutting down for good lately. Housing and real estate are relatively inexpensive. Jobs are scarce. Second home buyers and retirees are beginning to take advantage of the depressed economics which must be galling for people who've lived there for generations. Ultimately the place will rebound because it is beautiful with great skiing, hunting, fishing, lakes, mountains, great north woods etc and relatively accessible via I93, I95. I would say that if you have some money to invest its probably a safe bet but I wouldn't know howto make a living there.
That sounds just like Whitefish, MT, but we are just a little ahead of you with the newcomers (like me) taking over from the people who relied on logging for a living and we DON'T have accessibility we are 2.5 hours from an interstate. Real estate saw QUITE a run up, but nowhere near the price of say, Vail. Now it's holding fairly steady, I don't think it'll dip any more.
post #109 of 204
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
Jackson Hole.

Simple: Steep and Deep!

Tried Utah. The snow and terrain is amazing (Snowbird rules). But, you can't easily live in BCC or LCC. That means living in SLC burbs with the Mormon thing. Didn't work for us.
Whats the worst thing a mormon will try to do you? .....convert you....quite honestly if thats the worst thing my neighbors are going to try to do, I have nothing really to worry about.

2 years in Sandy, and not once have we had missionary here. Might have something to do with the driveway.
post #110 of 204
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Whats the worst thing a mormon will try to do you? .....convert you....quite honestly if thats the worst thing my neighbors are going to try to do, I have nothing really to worry about.

2 years in Sandy, and not once have we had missionary here. Might have something to do with the driveway.
I also think the whole LDS thing is not a big deal. For the most part they are good people with decent values. When I lived there I had a mormon girlfriend for awhile that kept me good company. Her family was real nice and her brother always had super good weed.
post #111 of 204
What is this culture thing that folks are a talking about....NYC?? A great place to go out to eat on the company dollar. Visited the "Met" once....no need to ever go back. How many "good" places to eat do you need? I've been to NYC a bunch and lived there as a kid, I thought it was great place to be "from". My wifes family is from the DC area and we spend a fair amount of time visiting, again a great place to move away from.

I live in Denver and it's too big for me. I don't go to shows, sporting events are ridiculously expensive (NFL, NHL) or immensely boring (NBA, and that sport with the bats and balls). I ski, hike, bike, hunt, fish and that is all I need or want....don't need no stinking city for those things. I have so far found that I need a city to make the kind of living I like to have but I'm working on that.

So I see these cities as options.....may have to someday leave Denver and try one of the others.

Denver
SLC
Boise
Spokane
Seattle
post #112 of 204
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Whats the worst thing a mormon will try to do you? .....convert you....
Depends, if you're a Catholic priest, it can be pretty "bad"...
post #113 of 204
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Whats the worst thing a mormon will try to do you? .....convert you....
To be converted into somebody who will never have sex is THE WORST THING THAT CAN EVER HAPPEN TO YOU! This is marriage x999! Insanely insane

I don't like to have people with what I think of as crazy ideas living near me.
post #114 of 204
Definitely Revelstoke, been there twice and it's absolutely awesome. Great lift-serviced terrain but all-out insane cat-skiing and heli-skiing. Good verical and not that much people ... yet ... But I'd have to trade those SL skis thought. Plus, hunting around there must be real nice.
post #115 of 204
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Originally Posted by GrooK View Post
To be converted into somebody who will never have sex is THE WORST THING THAT CAN EVER HAPPEN TO YOU! This is marriage x999! Insanely insane

I don't like to have people with what I think of as crazy ideas living near me.

Mormon girls are just as horny as the rest of them.:
post #116 of 204
I can live anywhere I want. I'm very luck, my job allows that and I choose Tahoe. (North/West Shore) The combination of the skiing, mountain biking, boating make Tahoe a easy choice.

Now runners up would be Mammoth Lakes, CA. Mammoth and the southern Sierra's in the back yard, awesome combo. However wife won't live there, because it is a long way to a big city. Also from Tahoe, it is only a 3ish hour drive down.

Jackson, Wy. No state income tax and killer skiing and back country. However home prices are out of sight and again too far from a real town.

SLC is out, as the morman have too tight of grip on that place. Skiing is awesome though, love Snow Bird.

Living out the US isn't a option.
post #117 of 204
You know, the grass always looks kind of greener someplace else. But then I think about it and realize I am a few minutes from downtown San Diego, live on a island (well sort of) and can walk down to the beach everyday with my dog. Great surfing is 30 minutes away or I can drive an hour to spend the weekend in Mex. Bummer to drive 6 hours each way to Mammoth, but I normally make a 4 day weekend of it when the crowds aren't around and get my 30 days a year in.
I always dream of living in a mountain town, but leaving what I have always brings me back to reality.
post #118 of 204
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I always dream of living in a mountain town, but leaving what I have always brings me back to reality.
There's a lot of truth in THAT!

Many of us only idly dream about living close to the mountains. It's not because we can't. But many of us actually don't want to move to the mountains.

Having said that, I could live in a mountain town for a while. Just not all the time.
post #119 of 204
I've never lived in the mountains and I wouldn't mind trying it out for a while. It's that portable job that I haven't quite figured out....but I'm working on it. Still, it's nice to be able to have access to the mountains, as well as the beach, San Francisco, Carmel/Monterey, Big Sur, etc. etc. I really can't complain too much!!!!!
post #120 of 204
I could live on the Cote d'Azur. for a while.
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