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post #31 of 50
Sure took enough f'ing time for someone to mention Mammoth (MM for sort)!  That mountain is AWESOME!!  Tahoe does not compare to MM  as far as length of season.  Utah probably doesnt either, but cant say for sure. 

MM also has great fly fishing, and even good flyfishing in the winter on hot creek and the owens.

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Mammoth, Telluride, Crested Butte, Aspen, Banff...

The list is endless!
 
post #32 of 50
 Might as well throw in my home, Bellingham, WA.

Mt. Baker is our local area with several others not too far away (Stevens Pass, Alpental, Crystal Mt., Cypress Mt., Mt. Seymore, Grouse Mt., Mission Ridge}, and, of course, Whistler is about a 3 hour drive from here.

On the off season there is world class biking, sailing, kayaking, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, climbing, diving, etc., etc.  We have a vibrant music scene and are a short trip from both Seattle and Vancouver, but we don't have their traffic.  The scenery is stunning wherever you go.

Here is a picture I took over Echo Bay on Sucia Island, a State Marine Park, in the San Juan Islands. Bellingham, while not very visible in this photo, is about 10 - 15 miles away, directly in front of Mt. Baker and the Twin Sisters from this vantage point.
Baker and Echo Bay

I like it here.
post #33 of 50
Of the places I've been I would definately pick BRECKENRIDGE!!! Really cool town with a lot to do. Legalized marijuana is a huge plus too. The places I've been are:
Steamboat Springs
Winter Park
Copper Mountain
Keystone
A-Basin
Vail
Beaver Creek/Avon
Snowbird
Park City
Crested Butte
Jackson Hole
Wolf Creek/Pagosa Springs
St. Moritz, Switzerland
post #34 of 50
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Of the places I've been I would definately pick BRECKENRIDGE!!! Really cool town with a lot to do. Legalized marijuana is a huge plus too. The places I've been are:
Steamboat Springs
Winter Park
Copper Mountain
Keystone
A-Basin
Vail
Beaver Creek/Avon
Snowbird
Park City
Crested Butte
Jackson Hole
Wolf Creek/Pagosa Springs
St. Moritz, Switzerland

Wait, so it's actually legal there?
post #35 of 50
no. decriminalized in small quantities. and only the town. a sherrif, forest ranger or state patrol can still arrest you.
post #36 of 50
Whistler
Jackson
Park City
Burlington

Definite not's
Steamboat
Salt Lake city
post #37 of 50
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Definite not's
Steamboat
Salt Lake city
Why not?
post #38 of 50
I'll second Stowe. As with Taos, you can't beat a town that existed before skiing. Northern New England is awesome.
post #39 of 50
Agreed about Ogden- and will be there for a week starting next Wednesday!!!

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Honestly, those parameters apply to pretty much every ski town. Any ski town will offer proximity to the mountain, and living in a ski town will give you access to the best snow days and skiing. Also, I don't know many mountains that don't translate into some form of spring/summer activity: hiking, camping, mountain biking, backpacking, kayaking, etc. etc. Maybe some tiny ski resort towns, but every major ski town I can think of has all that.

That being said, I'd stay right where I am: Ogden, Utah. 20 minutes or so to nearly 10,000 acres of skiable terrain at Powder and Snowbasin, another hour to the rest of Utah's major ski resorts. Also a hub for climbing, kayaking and mountain biking. Hiking and biking trails located minutes from downtown. It's a decent city with a fun downtown and is only about 45 minutes from Salt Lake and the airport. It's not a ski town in the traditional sense, but is a great place to live for all you mention.
post #40 of 50
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I'll second Stowe. As with Taos, you can't beat a town that existed before skiing. Northern New England is awesome.

With that in mind, I'll nominate my hometown of North Conway, NH. It had a long standing history of both agriculture, industry and recreation before skiing and Hannes Schneider came to town. I grew up in the longest continuosly operated inn in town, Cranmore Inn, which now is about 140 years old.
post #41 of 50
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Of the places I've been I would definately pick BRECKENRIDGE!!! Really cool town with a lot to do. 

I disagree.  I'll agree with the "lot to do", well, maybe not a lot, but more than most ski towns.  

To add to this thread, pick a town for the people, not the place.  Towns that are strictly based on skiing only go so far.  You'll tear your hair out over the transient nature of them in pretty short order.
post #42 of 50
As a Canadian currently living in the US I can tell you what US Customs told me. No Canadian is every illegal in the US.  No US citizen is ever illegal in Canada and a visa is not needed, accept to work.  If you are working with an expired visa or haven't returned to Canada and then gone back after one expired, you are illegal.  You can visit any time for any length of time.    Being out of your home country for extended periods of time may null and void Medical insurance or pensions, so you will want to check with these items.  You might want to check your car insurance also, for me this was not an issue.
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 Good choices so far. For Whistler & Innsbruck, though, wouldn't there be Visa issues for that length of stay? (& I'm not talking about credit card bills, although that could get interesting too).
post #43 of 50
Aspen is very nice in the Summer.
post #44 of 50
Is Marijuana legalized or decriminalized? Either way strictly speaking it is not legal, since it is illegal federally (tho for the Obama administration they apparently are going to honor it).  Many people that played by the state rules still got busted and got prison terms of 5 plus years.  And they were not allowed to bring up at trial that they were following the rules that California voters passed.  Of course this probably wont be an issue until Obama is out of Office and a republican is in office

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 Might as well throw in my home, Bellingham, WA.

Mt. Baker is our local area with several others not too far away (Stevens Pass, Alpental, Crystal Mt., Cypress Mt., Mt. Seymore, Grouse Mt., Mission Ridge}, and, of course, Whistler is about a 3 hour drive from here.

On the off season there is world class biking, sailing, kayaking, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, climbing, diving, etc., etc.  We have a vibrant music scene and are a short trip from both Seattle and Vancouver, but we don't have their traffic.  The scenery is stunning wherever you go.

Here is a picture I took over Echo Bay on Sucia Island, a State Marine Park, in the San Juan Islands. Bellingham, while not very visible in this photo, is about 10 - 15 miles away, directly in front of Mt. Baker and the Twin Sisters from this vantage point.
Baker and Echo Bay

I like it here.
 
post #45 of 50
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Is Marijuana legalized or decriminalized? Either way strictly speaking it is not legal, since it is illegal federally (tho for the Obama administration they apparently are going to honor it).  Many people that played by the state rules still got busted and got prison terms of 5 plus years.  And they were not allowed to bring up at trial that they were following the rules that California voters passed.  Of course this probably wont be an issue until Obama is out of Office and a republican is in office

 



 




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no (not legalized). decriminalized in small quantities. and only the town. a sherrif, forest ranger or state patrol can still arrest you.

This applies only to Breckenridge, the town. The resort is federal land, federal laws apply.

The DEA is busted a state legal medicinal grower in Denver that was flagrant in the press about the quantities of marijuana they grow and the money they are making. Because the feds can. Of course Obama has asked them to respect the state laws, but they don't have to, apparently.
post #46 of 50
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This applies only to Breckenridge, the town. The resort is federal land, federal laws apply.

The DEA is busted a state legal medicinal grower in Denver that was flagrant in the press about the quantities of marijuana they grow and the money they are making. Because the feds can. Of course Obama has asked them to respect the state laws, but they don't have to, apparently.
 

Not to thread hijack, but the industry is really helping cities and towns that are hurting for tax money.  The shops here in Grand Junction together give the town about $150k in taxes every month.  They aren't going to come down on them here, mainly for that reason.
post #47 of 50
 Another vote for Stowe, for all the reasons above. And Lake Champlain for sailing, and the Adirondacks are a ferry ride away, if you get tired of the Long Trail. The trout are small, tho, and you have to be pretty good to catch them (I'm not).
post #48 of 50
Not having researched the rest of the world I'll stick to the US.

How about Montpelier Vermont.
45 minutes to Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, and Stowe 
1.5 hrs Killington, Whiteface, and Cannon.
2 hrs Jay Peak, Adirondacks NY, Rangley Lakes ME For Canoe camping.
3 hrs Montreal PQ, Boston MA. 
4 hrs Atlantic Ocean
6 hrs New York City NY, for big city hanging out or Quebec City PQ for a european city feel.

If the only criterion was snow I would have moved west. But for year round living it's hard to beat the east.
post #49 of 50

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Not having researched the rest of the world I'll stick to the US.

How about Montpelier Vermont.
45 minutes to Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, and Stowe 
1.5 hrs Killington, Whiteface, and Cannon.
2 hrs Jay Peak, Adirondacks NY, Rangley Lakes ME For Canoe camping.
3 hrs Montreal PQ, Boston MA. 
4 hrs Atlantic Ocean
6 hrs New York City NY, for big city hanging out or Quebec City PQ for a european city feel.

If the only criterion was snow I would have moved west. But for year round living it's hard to beat the east.
post #50 of 50
One other thing I like about Utah, and some other places in New Mexico, Arizona, california probably offer this as well, is the close proximity to the desert. In the shoulder seasons of fall and spring, it's easy to hop on the highway and head south to Moab, St. George and all the national parks. Spring and fall offer the best weather of the year there. Makes for an easier transition from winter to spring/summer and helps to eliminate the boredom left when the skiing ends and the mud begins. Every season is truly an adventure season.
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