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post #31 of 45

Good advice there.  Wherever you go, you won't have a chance of finding a place to live unless you go very early.  Used to be October-November was the latest you could go - could be September now (but no jobs yet, so have some money saved up or just pay rent and keep your old job until the season starts).

 

Vail is the best mountain for the type of skiing I like to do, but all of CO has good skiing.  Pick the place that seems like "you."  (FWIW, I understand there's a traffic jam going into Aspen each morning these days due to all the commuters...)

 

 

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Many, many years ago I moved from Wisconsin to Colorado to ski and I've been living in the Rockies ever since.  I have frequented most of the ski towns in Colorado at one time or another and have met many ski bums.  In my experience coming to any ski town without local contacts, a job or a place to live and pulling off a winter of skiing is very tough.  It can be done, but you'll need a whole lot of luck.  If you have one of the 3 at any ski town I would go with that choice.  With the internet now it is a lot easier to set things up remotely before you arrive, but be prepared to live in your truck for a while if you just come out here and start trying to put things together.

 

I had to live outside, in a wood shed, and on people's floors to complete my move, but I do not regret a minute of it.  If you are determined to make it happen, it will.  You might want to add Telluride to your list.  It is very expensive, but has a year round economy with festivals every weekend in the summer, and it's close to the desert and canyon lands for a change of pace.  Good luck!

 

post #32 of 45
 Just fyi Winter Park is not any closer to Denver than Summit County. I drive both all the time - each is about an hour. Berthoud Pass closes more often then Eisenhower Tunnel. Both are subject to the same ski traffic on I-70 (not that you'd be bothered with that!)

My family has owned a condo near Silverthorne for decades. Silverthorne is pretty ugly, except that most of the recent construction looks a but better. Summit county is very lively in the summer, with tons of events. 
Like some others have said, if it came down to "coolness" and money and travel time to Denver didn't matter, then Aspen is a better choice. Otherwise, Summit is better. Heck, you can by season passes to Copper/WP AND the Vail resorts (Keystone, A-Basin, Breck, Vail, Beaver Creek) for LESS THAN HALF the cost of the Aspen season pass ($1,950)
post #33 of 45
Take some advice from a old man, if I were 40 yrs younger and single a move to the mountains would be very attractive to me.
I have several friends and a niece that have made the move and will not consider coming back to the midwest (I have a cousin, that made the move yrs ago and returned to the midwest after 7 or 8 yrs),
The last friend made that made the move was to the SLC area this summer - he's single and 61 yrs old.
The thing in common all have college degrees - and are competing with others with the same education levels for avail jobs. First, consider the pay levels vs the living cost levels before making the move. Only the 61 yr old friend had a job to go to.
You say you have contacts in the general area. - Use them for 2 things, finding a place to live that is in your budget, and finding where available open job's exist that will support your budget.
You will need a 3 to 6 mo. living expense fund - to get you going.
The passes that you travel over is much more important than the miles, my niece has been in Colorado Springs 2 yrs now (teaching primary school) took her over a yr to land a full time position. Last winter the I70 pass was closed on good skiing weekends, much to her dismay.
Another good friend lives in Steambaot Springs (about 9-10 yrs) her husband is a self employed painting contractor and she is a propatroller at steamboat.
I could go on but the scenerio's are the same. But if I had few obligations and a little money to start on - I would try it.
Oh yeh, my cousin that returned to the midwest, lived in Idaho Springs, Co. about 40 mi from the summit co ski areas but had to cross the pass to get there. He worked in Denver, same side of the pass as Idaho Springs.
post #34 of 45
Colorado is closed....move to Utah
post #35 of 45
For a funky, unique mix of 'city assets and access', mountain living and skiing, consider Nederland and Eldora (or Boulder for that matter). It's not usually on anyone's radar for skiing, but I have had some of my best powder days there, but it was clearly timing. It doesn't have the typical ski town vibe, but with only 20 miles from Boulder and about a 1:15 hrs to Summit, WP/MJ or Denver (IIRC), you can find your own balance of your priorities, including job options and competitive soccer talent. The Peak to Peak highway is always a pretty nice drive. I'm not sure now, but Eldora used to have night skiing and beer league racing. Additionally, there is an excellent XC trail system and tons of BC options.

I'd move back to WP/MJ, before Summit. Vail or Aspen because it is on the other side of the pass and has far less in terms of population with tons of outdoor, year round options. Years ago, we'd travel to Denver on the weekends to play soccer in the city league (as well as Steamboat, Vail, etc). It was always humorous watching the bumper to bumper traffic heading into the mountains on I-70 with virtually no one in our lane. The return trip was the opposite......Not sure what the soccer scene is now. I was very surprised and bummed out with the amount of beetle kill from RMNP through WP I saw this summer, however.

Mudfoot's suggestion of Telluride doesn't fit for your metro access and that, along with Durango is why it is what it is. If Telluride, Ridgway offers better living values. The Fort Lewis College soccer team in Durango, is ranked #1 in the nation for Div II which trickles throughout the community. The area has had an active soccer scene over the years, but not the numbers like a metro league or larger ski town community. The economy sucks though, so be prepared to ride it out.
Edited by Alpinord - 11/20/09 at 7:18am
post #36 of 45
Okay,
I'm 26 years old, and have lived all across the country.  Florida, N. and S. Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Nor California (more time than the rest), Arizona, and Oregon.  Oregon, and California were my 2 favorite BY FAR because of scenery, golf, weather, people's attitudes, humidity, number of insects, and average general mood while being there.  I recently moved to Colorado, and it seems to the best of all worlds, trading the coast for beautiful rivers and mountains.  I've traveled quite a bit since I've been here, and PERSONALLY, I would say that if you want to live in one of the best places in the country, feel free to move to Boulder, Co.  I can't quite put my finger on it but that place is just wonderful.  Especially if you are an active person.  People love life there, and try to enjoy it to the fullest.  It's contagious.
post #37 of 45
+1 on Boulder.  I been here for about 25 years.  You should at least check it out.  Lots of work,reasonable (relative to Vail/Aspen) housing and flat out sports crazy population.   Mountain bike has gotten lots better.   Ton of stuff to do and only 20 minutes from Denver and Loveland is fairly close and can be skied easily by strategically dodging traffic rush.    You will have a longer soccer season down here.

You will get more bang for your buck out of your nest egg and it will give you a chance to scope out the state.  Then once you get your bearings dialed in a little more you can make a second move to the mountain town you like.

I just had friends move to Summit county a few years ago from Boulder.  Their parents moved to Boulder after 30 years in Breck just to pick up the better weather.

Some pretentious people in Boulder but no worse than other ski towns. 
post #38 of 45
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Colorado is closed....move to Utah

America is closed, move to Canada.
post #39 of 45
...unless you are a flag toting, bush loving, utility quad riding red neck, then you want to move to Grand Junction.  Trust me.  I just moved here.  On the plus side, when it dumps in Vail, the pass is closed to Denver, open to GJ.
post #40 of 45
Bring your own water. We are running out.
post #41 of 45
"Heck, you can by season passes to Copper/WP AND the Vail resorts (Keystone, A-Basin, Breck, Vail, Beaver Creek) for LESS THAN HALF the cost of the Aspen season pass ($1,950)"

Was just going to make this point.  It sounds like for you Breck and the Epic pass are the right answer..with WP 2nd (lack of night life).  Aspen would be too far for you is my guess, not to mention the fact that you'd likely have to live in Carbondale because it's too expensive.
post #42 of 45
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...unless you are a flag toting, bush loving, utility quad riding red neck, then you want to move to Grand Junction.  Trust me.  I just moved here.  On the plus side, when it dumps in Vail, the pass is closed to Denver, open to GJ.

Glenwood Canyon closes frequently, though.
post #43 of 45
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Glenwood Canyon closes frequently, though.
 

That's a good thing for a Co. newbie to know.  I thought only Denver got the shaft on big pow days.
post #44 of 45
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That's a good thing for a Co. newbie to know.  I thought only Denver got the shaft on big pow days.
 

It is often due to not too much snow, but too little common sense (wrecks). Sometimes falling rocks, too. Less frequent than I-70 East of Vail, though. You should check COTRIP.org if there is any chance of poor weather.

MR
post #45 of 45
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post




It is often due to not too much snow, but too little common sense (wrecks). Sometimes falling rocks, too. Less frequent than I-70 East of Vail, though. You should check COTRIP.org if there is any chance of poor weather.

MR
 


It might be the same thing, but my dad is the host/operator of an xm trucking radio station, the open road (Dave Nemo Show/ Rusty Wheeler), ch 171 (i think), and he has a state of the art road conditions map that is all very meticulously color coded to spot danger zones, so I just call him and ask how things are.  I'm thinking of sticking things on my car that say "Rusty Wheeler's son on board", so truckers will be nice to me, but that would also be pretty gay.
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