Hello fellow snow lovers,
I'm currently living in the Midwest (and have for the whole 23 years of my life) and I need to get out. I want to move to the mountains.
I've done a little research and have narrowed it down to either Aspen/Snowmass or Summit County (however, I don't know if I would want to live in Breck or Keystone or Vail or one of the small towns in between like Frisco or Silverthorne). But I could be convinced of other places.
However, I don't know much about these areas apart from being a tourist. Any insight about the pros/cons of each ski area. Here's a small list that I've started...but I don't know if some of these thing are true:
-Pros: Slightly 'hipper", awesome music venue-Belly Up, better ski conditions (I've heard Summit Country referred to as Scrummit Country because it's colder and windyer), lots to do in the off season
-Cons: more expensive, more uppity/pretentious
-Pros: closer to Denver (it's nice to live in the mountains, but I want to visit a city every now and then...live music, sporting events(Avalanche games!!), clubs), cheaper, easy to find year-round jobs, more laid back
-Cons: poorer skiing conditions, less to do in the off season because the towns are smaller
I want to live out there full time, so it's important that I like it for reasons beyond just the skiing. It would be great if either of these areas offered soccer leagues (I realize that's very specific, but skiing and soccer are what I live for).
I understand that most of the jobs are service industry and you have to put your time in before you can move up. I have no problem with this. Additionally, I've been saving money so I have a little nest egg to help me start.
Feel free to include any other general advice about making the move.