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post #61 of 68

RobNav1024 has not posted in a while.  Maybe he chickened out?

post #62 of 68

I call bullshit on cost of living be as much as in nj. Anyone who says that has never lived here. for instance http://rockies.craigslist.org/search/roo?query=&hasPic=1 Places like that in nj would go for double and you would have a highway in your backyard, that you have to pay a toll to get onto non the less

post #63 of 68
Thread Starter 

haha, haven't chickened out GLem.  Just was a long weekend and trying to get back into the work week...ugh.  Anyway, I'm going to take the plunge.  I'm going to take the next couple weeks to research the pros/cons of a few different areas and make a road trip out west mid-august.

post #64 of 68

Rob keep us updated on what you find!

post #65 of 68

Not a bad idea.  If you can take a road trip beforehand you must have some money to play with.  This is probably your best bet if you really want to be picky about where you go. 

post #66 of 68

Spokane, WA isn't bad if you aren't ready to jump from "normal life" into "ski bum life" yet. It's a good in-between option.


We have 5 ski areas, including Schweitzer, within an hour and a half of town. I often skip out of work a bit early and ski an afternoon at Mt Spokane on a powder day during the week. It's nothing world-class, but it's only 30 minutes from downtown and an easy drive in all weather.


You've also got 6 direct flights (including Southwest) to SLC daily, if you get bored. I also make it up to a few of the resorts in the BC rockies every year. Red Mountain is only about 2 hours away. Banff is a 7 hour drive. Mt Hood, in Oregon, is 6 hours, if you need a summer ski fix.

post #67 of 68
Originally Posted by GLem View Post

.....taking some risks and having some faith can be very rewarding. Plus, it's surprising how little money it takes to survive and enjoy life.

Hits the nail on the head.

post #68 of 68
Originally Posted by Ske-Bum View Post

No, I think he is correct. Most people I know that live in Denver, don't ski. 

He's not and so what about the people you know. 


I don't who you know but I live in Denver and I know lots of people that ski alot.  I spent 6 years as a ski bum in Summit County.  You'd be suprised by the number of folks who live up there and don't ski.  I've  lived in Summit and Denver and I prefer Denver.  I might be convinced to move to Steamboat but can't think of another ski town in CO that I would live in over Denver (well if I won the powerball I'd move to Aspen) .  One of the reasons is that I and my wife can get work in Denver that allows us to buy a home both here and in Summit County.  I get the best of both worlds and I couldn't do that living up there....for our careers anyway.  I work a relatively fulfilling corporate job that pays well and understands my priorities as far as lifestyle goes.  I ski 50-70 days a year depending on how motivated I am.  I'm raising 2 young kids kids that get to ski as much as I do and won't have to go anywhere near that disaster of a high school in Summit County.  Besides the weather down here is better most of the time.   I like my life now much better than I did when lived  up there and I get almost as many ski days but I do miss some powder days on occasion......oh well life is full of bumps and detours.


My advice to OP...follow your heart and everything will work out in the end if you are willing to endure and make some compromises.


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