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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Big news today: I have been offered a position in Salt Lake City.

 

Which areas are nice to live with good schools and within 1 hour of either Cottonwood Canyon? Are there private Christian schools that you may know of and is any  one area more or less LDS than another: I have nothing against Mormons: I would just prefer a more diverse community, How about summer activities? I enjoy cycling, both mtn and road as well as fly fishing, I assume there are ideal opportunities for both within 1 hour  from SLC.

 

Thanks in advance for the help, oh and by the way I ski with my my family so I will need to know which areas have decent groomers.

 

post #2 of 8

Not a local but pretty much everything in the valley (SLC) is less than 1 hour from either BCC or LCC. As in any mountains the high passes you need to cross daily will be/should be your concern. 

I think, Utah has some different (weird laws) because of LDS influence in the state government. I don't have any knowledge of the schools (private or public) since my friends moved there after children were grown (FWIW: My Friends living there are Catholic).

I personally would not have any problem in living there, however living my entire life in the midwest I have deep roots here and I can still visit SLC and other places a few times a year. It's really easy now, because I'm pretty much retired especially in the winter.

But all this being said, I wish you luck in your move.

Decent groomers? All the areas have them and most ski areas are very accessable to SLC and the surrounding area.

post #3 of 8

Draper has the second best access to LCC and the best access to MTB trails with out driving you can find.

 

Sugarhouse, Avenues, and Downtown would be alot less like the rest of utah and have stuff to do that doesnt involve outside stuff. While being slightly further than Draper/Sandy/Cottonwood heights from skiing.

 

BTW I am not going to recommend anything with decent groomers,your family will learn how to ski being in utah.

post #4 of 8

I'd look to the Avenues, Downtown, Foothill or Sugarhouse areas are the best places to live in terms of cultural diversity and public schools.  There are also nice places to live in Holladay, Milcreek and Sandy, though their public schools aren't held in quite the same regard and the culture is more homogeneous (though this is changing every year as people move around the area).

 

If you're looking for private, non-LDS schools, there are some good ones available, depending on the age of your kids.

 

There are two heavy-hitters in the private school realm in SLC:

 

- Rowland Hall is a great place with excellent teachers and a long-running history of academic excellence, offering pre-K through 12 on two campus locations.  They also have an integrated ski racing program, Rowmark, that includes a full-on ski racing academy for grades 9-12.  Rowland Hall is located near the University of Utah, between the Avenues and Foothill neighborhoods.  (Full disclosure: I'm an alumnus of Rowland Hall and Rowmark Ski Academy.)

 

- Waterford School is located in Sandy (convenient to both BCC and LCC) and has a great academic reputation.  They don't offer an integrated skiing program like Rowmark, but students who want to pursue ski racing from Waterford often find spots on teams from Snowbird or Park City.

 

If you have high school age kids, Judge Memorial High School is a Catholic school that has a great reputation and is located downtown (a few blocks from Rowland Hall/Rowmark).

 

Another school option in SLC is the Open Classroom, a charter school for K-8.  I have many friends who are alumni of this program, and it has a very high success rate and a great academic reputation.

 

Hope this helps!

post #5 of 8

We were faced with this same situation about 3 years ago.  I was offered a position at a company in SLC while we were living in Cincinnati.  I gathered my wife and 2 kids and discussed all of our options.  We ultimately made the decision to relocate.

 

Our first order of business was to determine where to live and to find schools for our kids (4th grade and 8th grade at the time).  We chose to live north of SLC to be close to Snowbasin and Ogden Valley.  This allowed our kids to join the Snowbasin alpine ski team and continue racing.  We ended up enrolling our kids in St. Joe's (Catholic) in Ogden for the first 2 years, and have switched to charter schools this past year.  Both have turned out to be great.

 

As songfta mentions, there are good school choices throughout the Salt Lake valley.  I agree that Rowland Hall and Judge are excellent alternatives to public schools (we have several friends who attend both).  Another option is the Saint John / Juan Diego campus in Draper, which offers Pre-K through High School.  We toured the campus and were quite impressed, but determined it was too far from where we we wanted to live.

 

As you can imagine, summer activities are quite prevalent throughout the Wasatch front/back.  Plenty of MTB and fly-fishing options (plus lots more).

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks evreyone for the replies and information; the school info is a big help. How about winter driving; is an AWD vehicles a significant advantage for day to day driving in the city and suburbs? Do the Utah authorities make you use chains if you have 4WD and snow tires? The  family is heading up to SLC in a few weeks to check it out. Is there anything we should be sure to see?

 

Thanks,

 

John


Edited by temeculajohn - 7/5/10 at 11:44am
post #7 of 8

Having lived in Salt Lake for 3 winters I can say that winter driving in the Salt Lake valley is really not an issue.  There is measurable snow in the valley several times per season, but roads are cleared quickly and it is usually warm enough that it melts within a few days.  Getting around in a 2WD vehicle is typically not a problem.

 

The benches (foothills) will get more snow and it will typically last longer than the valley floor, but usually still not a problem for 2WD vehicles.  Our home is on the bench up a long and very steep drive, which is why we have 4WD & AWD vehicles.  Without them, we could not get up our drive many days in the winter.  However, if it wasn't for the steep drive, we would be able to get around in a FWD 99% of the time.

 

Really, the only time 4WD and/or chains are required is to get up the canyons (LCC/BCC) during or just after a storm.  They will often close the LCC/BCC roads during avalanche control, but usually re-open by early/mid morning (unless it is just dumping).  Driving up to the Park City resorts is usually do-able, even during storms, as it is via I-80.  Snowbasin can be a bit more difficult, but still easier than the BCC/LCC resorts during a storm.  In fact, there has not been even one day that we couldn't make it to Snowbasin in 3 years (50 - 60 times per year).

 

You mentioned that you are "heading up to SLC in a few weeks".  Where are you heading up from?  Also, feel free to PM me if you would like more specific information about schools, neighborhoods, etc.

post #8 of 8

I pretty much agree with all that has been said with two exceptions. While NeedToSki is right that you don't need AWD all or even most of the time, there is enough snow and my kids have enough events that "they have to get to" that I consider it close to a necessity. Plus when you add in your hopefully frequent trips to the ski areas, I would definitely have AWD on whatever vehicles you own; we do.

 

In terms of areas to live, the best advice I can give you is to try to balance all of the different things you and your family are interested in and look at a variety of neighborhoods that support these activities, especially for the kids. There are plenty of "nice" neighborhoods up and down the valley, the key will be price and accessibility. I think that if possible, you should plan to start out renting so you can learn the various neighborhoods and the whole family can best decide where to lay down roots. That said, I would be looking on the east side of I-15 if possible looking at Draper, Sandy, Cottonwood Heights, Highland and Holladay, before looking at Sugarhouse and downtown. The keys here are price and space.

 

If you have more questions, let me know. 

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