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Anyone ever move to a ski mountain and hate it???

post #1 of 105
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So I've toyed with the idea of moving out west for a few years now. At this point in my life my business/ job no longer excites me and my house has become more of a burden than a pleasure. I'm im my 30's never married and no kids. Most of my friends are married with kids etc.. I'm wondering what will make me happy. I'm thinking of selling my business and my house and moving out west. Just not sure if this is the right decision.
I'm sick of the city and am at a ski mountain every weekend as it is.
Wondering if anyone has felt this way, moved out west only to find it wasn't what they wanted. If so where di you move to and what didn't you like? Summers too slow? Did skiing become less fun if you can do it every day?
post #2 of 105
I think the only thing that I would hate. Is all the tourist during peak season. Otherwise....go do it......I am moving westward in hopefully less than a year. I need a state with less lakes and more mountains.
post #3 of 105
Summers are great, winters are great, and mud season is when you want to go to an island somewhere.  The problem is women, particularly the single ones that you may want to marry and have kids with.  Many more single men than women live in ski areas, and some of the single women are too free spirited to get married or stay married (although they have other attributes).     When I lived in Vail, summers were a great time to find women who stayed with me for a week or two over the winter.  If you do get married and can afford to live in a ski area, you will find it a great place to raise kids.

Many western ski areas are near airports (Park City, Vail, etc.), and you will find a lot of people who commute to other cities on business when necessary.  You can probably do business anywhere.

Does skiing get boring?  You biggest decision will be alpine skiing, cross country skiing, or telemarking.  In the spring you can golf and ski during the same day.  That doesn't suck.  Besides, real estate values have probably bottomed at many ski areas (but may not increase anytime soon).  You can always move in a few years if you get bored.
post #4 of 105
If the stars are aligned for you, or you can align them, do it.  If you don't you will have one more regret to fill your time with. 

Don't dis the tourists, they pay for all the really good stuff.

Do you have a target in your sights yet?
post #5 of 105
Thread Starter 
Tahoe, Vail, Jackson Hole. JH is my first choice for the mountain but I may need a bit more of a town come summer. SLC is out. Park City maybe.
post #6 of 105
Tahoe. Cali/Nev. Reno,Sac,Frisco it might be fun.
post #7 of 105
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Tahoe, Vail, Jackson Hole. JH is my first choice for the mountain but I may need a bit more of a town come summer. SLC is out. Park City maybe.

Tahoe is possibly more active in the Summer than the winter. More to do in other words-way more. You will not be bored come June.

We live in the Sierras, south of the Tahoe area and have no regrets. The local hill is a 40 minute drive. Life is good and the median price of a house in my area is about $240K. Things are a bit pricier in the Tahoe basin tho.

Edit: Ironically I took up skiing after we moved to the Sierras
Edited by SNPete - 3/25/10 at 1:21pm
post #8 of 105
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Tahoe. Cali/Nev. Reno,Sac,Frisco it might be fun.
 

Frisco CO?
post #9 of 105
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What towns near Tahoe would you suggest I look at?
post #10 of 105
Pretty sure he meant Frisco as in San Fran.

As for where to move, depends what you like. I don't like South Lake Tahoe at all, but I like the idea of living around Lake Tahoe in the summer. Such a beautiful place, if you stay outside of the town. It also gets you close enough to San Fran to drive in for dinner on a special occasion and close enough to Reno to drive out for that kind of atmosphere if you want ... you can also choose between an alpine lake and high desert. I love everything about the idea of moving there except the town itself.

If you want micro-urban charm, lately, I'm very partial to Breckenridge. But not as many other positive year-round attributes.

I think I'd need to research drinking laws before I could consider moving to Utah :)

Out of curiosity, how would you earn a living? Telecommute?
post #11 of 105

Take with grain of salt from conservative, old fogie who never left for the mountains...you appear to be a good candidate for such a move since you have few material or emotional attachments. Shaking up a less-than-ideal status quo usually leads to good things and nothing says the move has to be forever. If you go to a true ski town prepare to be poor working in a service industry and ready to accept that you'll have less toys, but a nicer yard to play in. The cliché for ski town people is that they "came for the winters, but stayed for the summers." The regrets I've seen here on Epicski center on disgruntlement with being chronically poor while surrounded by affluence, and for those employed by a ski resort - that their source of recreation became their source of job hassle. The benefits of SLC,Denver,Reno,Sac,Seattle are that you'll have a better chance of getting a real job and then can ski big mtns on the weekends.

post #12 of 105
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I wouldn't work except for odd jobs just for spending money. Part time at best. I've worked 17 years at my career and 6 opening and running my business. The past 4 I also have been a homeowner, maintaining a house. I'm very burned out. Not that I'm working a ton of hours I just don't see a light at the end of the tunnell. So I'm figuring why not mix it up. I can't afford more than a year not working however, maybe 6-9 months. I'd probably work just to meet people.
post #13 of 105
 Pretty sure he meant Frisco as in San Fran.

hahahaha....... i think it was frisco, co......

post #14 of 105
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What towns near Tahoe would you suggest I look at?
Near, near? Or an hour away?

Nearby, my first choice would be The Truckee area. You're out of the Basin and away from the tourists. If you want to live in the Tahoe Ba$in stick to the North Shore.

An hour away-go west and check out Placerville, Auburn or Nevada City. All in the Foothills of the Sierras. Plus if you want some city action, Sacramento is less than an hour away. I really like Placerville (pop. 8000). Auburn is a bit to big for me, but then again I like small towns. Nevada City is smaller than Placerville and is a biking mecca.

If you own a house in Mass. I suspect you will find the cost of housing less in the Gold County.

Personally I don't care for the Reno Area. Carson City seems OK. But Western Nevada is mostly desert, whereas the Gold County is forested.
Edited by SNPete - 3/25/10 at 2:03pm
post #15 of 105
If you need to support yourself while working in a ski town, 5 days/week for low wages then you will not get to ski much and will not be happy. The only way to work in a ski town is part time and preferably late afternoons or evenings.

I have spent the most of the last 35 years working seasonally for a logging contractor on British Columbia's west coast and skiing B.C.'s interior 3 to 5 months per year. Being single with no kids helps achieve the lifestyle as does having inexpensive housing at the resort.
post #16 of 105
I think steamboat would be a nice place to live
post #17 of 105
Ummm we have another name for the Bay area but.........I assumed Tahoe>>>San Fransico.

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 Pretty sure he meant Frisco as in San Fran.

hahahaha....... i think it was frisco, co......

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I think steamboat would be a nice place to live
post #19 of 105
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Ummm we have another name for the Bay area but.........I assumed Tahoe>>>San Fransico.

 



 

I knew you meant SF. I grew up there.

http://www.journalism.sfsu.edu/www/pubs/gater/fall97/sept11/Frisco.html

And now you know.
post #20 of 105
I can second the comment regarding women at mountain resorts. There are relatively few compared to males and for some reason women who visit as tourists almost always seem to be paired up with significant others.

Jackson Hole would be my choice. My nephew has been there for several years and seems to love it. You might be surprised to discover it is a major summer resort with the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks as well as numerous National forests and sizeable wilderness areas. Whenever I've been there in summer I've been overwhelmed with available choices of things to do and see.
post #21 of 105
 here's some advice from a 50 yr old..... fwiw...

if you're burnt out at this stage of your young life, change things up, get some rest, have some fun..... as you get older,  perhaps get married and  possibly have kids; the stress you're feeling now will pale in comparison to being a good dad or a husband

 work -  generated stress is easy , clients?  employees?  vendors? , 

god forbid , lets say you are admitted to the hospital, how many of your clients, etc. will come and visit?
believe me, you're only good to them, when you're services are needed.

if you take care of yourself NOW.... you'll be better at everything you do in the future.

 if you can handle it financially, take a few months off during ski season, if you can work remotely, even better.
 stay in touch with the people who afford you a good living, don't burn any bridges.......

enjoy your life, this isn't a dress rehearsal............

good luck
post #22 of 105
after 9 years of living in tahoe and getting to ski every day my love for skiing has gotten stronger each season.  i appreciate it more and spend more time at the hill each year.

i moved away this winter to make some cash so i can afford to do it for another 10 years.... i can't wait to get back (flying home next thursday)...
post #23 of 105
23 years working and in your 30s???  Really? Sounds like you're having a mid life crisis. So, if you go skiig for 6-9 months and spend your nest egg, then what? If you decide that's the life for you, then great, you're all set, you can be a happy ski bum. But what if you wake up with your money gone and realize it's time go back to the real world? You just blew a big part of the future retirement money that you'll need later. Your late 50s with real retirement money set aside, I can assure you from experience, is a much better time to be a ski bum.
Sorry for the reality check. Flame away all
post #24 of 105
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I knew you meant SF. I grew up there.

http://www.journalism.sfsu.edu/www/pubs/gater/fall97/sept11/Frisco.html

And now you know.
Thanks for the locals POV. It is a beautiful city.
post #25 of 105
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23 years working and in your 30s???  Really? Sounds like you're having a mid life crisis. So, if you go skiig for 6-9 months and spend your nest egg, then what? If you decide that's the life for you, then great, you're all set, you can be a happy ski bum. But what if you wake up with your money gone and realize it's time go back to the real world? You just blew a big part of the future retirement money that you'll need later. Your late 50s with real retirement money set aside, I can assure you from experience, is a much better time to be a ski bum.
Sorry for the reality check. Flame away all

Ah, but while what you say can be true for some consider this. I live in the Sierras and we are 40 minutes from the local resort. Tahoe is a pleasent drive on country highways (read: minimal traffic). My avid skier wife is an attorney and your's truely is a Social Worker. I expect to have 40 days in this season, the wife a bit less. No need to be a ski bum. My real world is 100K a year, house is free and clear, and retirement money set aside. Living in vacationland doesn't mean being a bum.
post #26 of 105
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Ah, but while what you say can be true for some consider this. I live in the Sierras and we are 40 minutes from the local resort. Tahoe is a pleasent drive on country highways (read: minimal traffic). My avid skier wife is an attorney and your's truely is a Social Worker. I expect to have 40 days in this season, the wife a bit less. No need to be a ski bum. My real world is 100K a year, house is free and clear, and retirement money set aside. Living in vacationland doesn't mean being a bum.
 

Right you are and it sounds great.
post #27 of 105
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Hell ya that sounds great! Problem is, I'm not married and don't make 100k anymore, house and job is a burden. Maybe when I'm 50 I'll have an ulcer and voices inside my head and a ton of regret for never going. I could regret either decision but I probably shouldn't let fear dictate my actions.
I'm hoping, maybe blissfully so that a year in the mountains will give me new direction and put wind in my sails. If I have a good year how much do I save maybe 5-7 grand tops. Some years are break even depending on repairs and unexpected bills etc. If I live frugally it doesn't have to cost too much and in the end how much have I lost compared to how much I've gained? I'm not sure what the right decision is.
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post #29 of 105
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23 years working and in your 30s???  Really? Sounds like you're having a mid life crisis. So, if you go skiig for 6-9 months and spend your nest egg, then what? If you decide that's the life for you, then great, you're all set, you can be a happy ski bum. But what if you wake up with your money gone and realize it's time go back to the real world? You just blew a big part of the future retirement money that you'll need later. Your late 50s with real retirement money set aside, I can assure you from experience, is a much better time to be a ski bum.
Sorry for the reality check. Flame away all

17 years total same career. 6 years in business for myself out of those 17
post #30 of 105
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Hell ya that sounds great! Problem is, I'm not married and don't make 100k anymore, house and job is a burden. Maybe when I'm 50 I'll have an ulcer and voices inside my head and a ton of regret for never going. I could regret either decision but I probably shouldn't let fear dictate my actions.
I'm hoping, maybe blissfully so that a year in the mountains will give me new direction and put wind in my sails. If I have a good year how much do I save maybe 5-7 grand tops. Some years are break even depending on repairs and unexpected bills etc. If I live frugally it doesn't have to cost too much and in the end how much have I lost compared to how much I've gained? I'm not sure what the right decision is.
You said it.

I am 60 and have some life experience.

The 95%  of regrets I have are from the times I shoulda done or tired something and didn't.

Fact: I had the chance to move to the Sierras 11 years before I did. Doors were wide open. I didn't due to fear and not wanting to leave the familiar. I wish I had made the earlier move in retrospect.

You're at the perfect age to start over. You got skills and seed money. One of my good friends move to the Sierras at age 30 started from scratch. Became a sucessful contracter and an Expert skier. He gets in about 50 days a year and owns a condo next to the Heavenly Gondola

And if it doesn't work out then so what? Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.
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