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Considering Job in Aspen

post #1 of 19
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Long time lurker first time poster.

I currently reside in the deep south and relish my annual ski trips. I have been to the Summit County area a couple of times, Killington, and sadly most often Snowshoe, WV. I would consider myself to be a level 7 skier.

The reason for my post today is I am interviewing for a FT professional type job in Aspen. What I am looking for is general opinions of Aspen as a place to live.

Alone from reading about Aspen-Snowmass some here and surfing their websites, I have no knowledge about the skiing. Can you compare the skiing to Vail, Breck, etc?

I have done some limited research on housing and it sure is expensive. My question is how expensive, what could I rent a 2 bedroom type place for?

In addition to skiing I enjoy Kayaking and Hiking. I am sure there are lots of opportunities for those activities.

I loved my time in Summit County and could see myself living there. Could you compare and contrast that area with Aspen?
post #2 of 19
If you liked Summit, your going to love Aspen. IMHO the skiing is much, much, much better, especially if your an expert. The Kayaking is world class right in town, plus you have the Crystal River, West Water and the Ark close by.

Right now rents will be really high,ski season starts in a month. But come next spring you should be able to find something somewhat reasonable.

Aspen has really good schools, I would have killed to send my kids there.

I lived there for ten years. I dream about moving back everyday.
post #3 of 19
It's been forever (like 1970/71), but I spent a winter in Aspen way back when. I loved Aspen then and I still do. I think it's one of the great places in the world to ski.

I can't help you on present-day rents - I lived in a Winnebago that we parked at the KOA campground in Basalt. I'm sure rents will be high but if you get offered the job and can somehow afford to live there, you will never regret it.

There's excellent skiing for any ability level.

Go for it and give us a report.
post #4 of 19
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Thanks for the feedback. I am sure it would be a great place to live.
post #5 of 19
Why the hesitation? Aspen will change your life.
post #6 of 19
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Gotta get the job first!
post #7 of 19
If you can catch the eye of the woman who DJs the overnight shift at the radio station, she might be able to hook you up with a cheap place.

Or so I hear.
post #8 of 19
hahaha



Inside joke.
post #9 of 19
This town is great. Sure there are a ton of people who invade town and have attitudes but this place is awesome. Cost of living is another matter. A two bedroom right in Aspen will likely run you about $1500(if you're really lucky-$4500). AspenDailyNews.com has online classifiends. If you head out to Basalt an El-Jebel you might save a couple hundred dollars and if you drive from Carbondale or Glenwood you can save a few hundred more but still pricey. Unfortunately, it's not just rent. Groceries are insanely high, gas is through the roof.

That's the bad news, the good, great mountains, great snow, what else do you need?
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
If you can catch the eye of the woman who DJs the overnight shift at the radio station, she might be able to hook you up with a cheap place.

Or so I hear.
Or you could keep digging up the No Parking signs
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
Or you could keep digging up the No Parking signs
Only if you're willing to sleep in your van.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by skierhj View Post
Unfortunately, it's not just rent. Groceries are insanely high, gas is through the roof.
Tell me about it. I was working at the Hotel Jerome the last couple of days... my first time in Aspen. I noticed that the gas was still over $3.00/gallon. Now I'm in Grand Junction for a couple of days and the gas is in the $2.20s. Aspen sure is pretty though. I'd like to get back there on my own time and be able to enjoy the town/skiing.
post #13 of 19
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Tell me about it. I was working at the Hotel Jerome the last couple of days... my first time in Aspen. I noticed that the gas was still over $3.00/gallon. Now I'm in Grand Junction for a couple of days and the gas is in the $2.20s. Aspen sure is pretty though. I'd like to get back there on my own time and be able to enjoy the town/skiing.
I think the cost of living increase is well worth it. After this summer I am used to paying $3+ for gas.

Now if I can only find my fiance a job out there we would be set.
post #14 of 19
Aspen? "I don't know about that Lloyd." "The French are a$$holes!"
post #15 of 19
Check out rooms in Basalt. It's only 20 minutes out of Aspen and relatively inexpensive. The skiing is great if you can afford the food and gas, plus get a job.
post #16 of 19
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Check out rooms in Basalt. It's only 20 minutes out of Aspen and relatively inexpensive. The skiing is great if you can afford the food and gas, plus get a job.

Get a job? Thats the reason I am considering moving there.
post #17 of 19
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It's been forever (like 1970/71), but I spent a winter in Aspen way back when.
My brother lived in Aspen then. I kind of think of it as the golden era of hippies.


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Now if I can only find my fiance a job out there we would be set.
Jobs are easy, a place to live is the hard part. If you work it right you don't have to buy gas. You'll only use your car when you go on road trips in the off season.
post #18 of 19
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In case you guys were interested in knowing the status of the job opportunity, my phone interview went very well and I will be flying out to Aspen next week for a face to face!

I am also looking at an opportunity in Avon that may pan out.

Anyone want to compare and contrast Avon and Aspen for me?
post #19 of 19
Avon is a small community with very little going on. Primarily 2nd homes with no real town associated with it. Now, you are a few minutes from Edwards which has some acitivites, and just a hop from Vail so there are things to do. On the other hand, Aspen is an actual town, there's more to do here.

The upside on Avon, Beaver Creek has great skiing, you are closer to Denver (in case you need a city fix), and there is more room for growth.
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