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Old 06-08-2010, 05:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving to California (currently in NJ). We both are addicted to boarding and I would ideally like to live really close if not on a mountain. Can anyone offer up suggestions for a place to live that has great riding and is close-ish to any cities or towns where we could find work? This is all tentative and we are open to suggestions.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tahoe will put you the closest. Of course city type jobs don't exist there, it's more about the winter and summer tourist seasons.

Sacramento is about a two hour drive to most spots. You could do Reno and have an hour drive going against the grain to most spots. Mt Rose is fairly close and I believe that drive is well under an hour.

Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland all have good proximity to resorts...
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Mammoth Mountain for the Park and Pipes
Alpine Meadows for untracked snow
Mountain High for the LA mix

Nothing beats Tahoe in my opinion for snowfall/bluebird/variety
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everyone else is moving AWAY from Cali and you're moving where?

anyway, Mammoth is probably your best bet.
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Tahoe will put you the closest. Of course city type jobs don't exist there, it's more about the winter and summer tourist seasons.

Sacramento is about a two hour drive to most spots. You could do Reno and have an hour drive going against the grain to most spots. Mt Rose is fairly close and I believe that drive is well under an hour.

Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland all have good proximity to resorts...
best advice so far...

In Cali Sacto is your best bet for "large" city with proximity to a mtn.. Boreal is pretty close to Sacto and Tahoes not much further. Reno, as kill said, is also always an option that many folks overlook and its a fast hour to the resorts in North Lake Tahoe/Truckee. Bear Mtn/SnowSummit isnt too far from the whole L.A. area but the downside is that its the L.A. area Mammoth and all the rest are pretty close to all the smaller peripheral cities between San Jose and L.A.

Really though you cant beat Salt Lake and Park City is so close you can live in PC and work in SLC. You can live in town and be less than half an hour from not only world class resorts but also world class back country as well. Im not saying that because I live here I live here because thats how it is. If it were any different Id just move to a better spot.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yea, California is pretty maxed out. Prepare to commute, everyone in california does it : /
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I'm in the same boad as OP. I'm looking to sabbatical (unless my current position changes in the next 5 months) next spring and have been torn between SLC and SLT. My only problem with SLC is that the town seems to be either ski/board crowd or mormons. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground. While I dig the ski/board crowd, the scene can be a little too snow-bro, even for me. I got a pass for Kirkwood for next year (can't beat 299), but I'm still up in the air for what to do and where to end-up. I wasn't a huge fan of Brighton and I have a difficult time justifying the cost of a Snowbird tkt. UGH.

In response to OP (not to treadjack) Tahoe is Great. Since you are from the mid-atlantic, you're used to the commute to worth-while mountains. Reno is a pretty quick shot to the tahoe resorts (don't forget about Kirkwood, they still have decent network pass prices) Reno is 90 mins from Kirkwood and Sac is 2 hours.

I'd rather be shot than to move to LA for boarding, even if it is at Mammoth!
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I'd rather be shot than to move to LA for boarding, even if it is at Mammoth!
And if you did move to L.A, you probably would get shot anyways!

Don't mind me, I'm one of those California Exodus people.

For California though, I would deffinetly pick Tahoe over anywhere else.
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Shouldn't it depend what line of work you're in? Unless you're independantly wealthy, you should find a job first. Then find housing suitable to your income. If I want to be a forest ranger, I wouldn't really look for housing in Newport Beach. If you want to be a corporate attorney, South Lake Tahoe probably wouldn't suit your needs. Have to have an idea of where you can find a job that suits your skills and education.
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I'm in Pleasanton, Bay area. BART connects to San Francisco, Kirkwood is 2:45 hrs away, the beach 1:30 and the city 45min...that is if you can bear suburbia...




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My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving to California (currently in NJ). We both are addicted to boarding and I would ideally like to live really close if not on a mountain. Can anyone offer up suggestions for a place to live that has great riding and is close-ish to any cities or towns where we could find work? This is all tentative and we are open to suggestions.
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