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Old 03-25-2012, 03:30 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Hood/Portland will have the longest lift season, less expensive living and reasonable job opportunities. Bham/Baker has a short lift season, no park, tight job market, relatively expensive housing and a drive to the hill.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:27 PM   #22 (permalink)
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My goal when I get older is to live in a place where the season lasts pretty long, I can go riding at a real mountain every day(after work and what not), have nice spring/summer weather so it actually gets warm, I can go boating, and overall I want to give my kids a better life then I have. I have a pretty good life so I better find a fantastic job =P I am definitely leaving NJ though.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:48 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I cannot speak to the other places because I've never lived there but I feel pretty lucky living near Seattle with how easy/cheap it is to ride at Snoqualmie/Alpental and how many good options there are within driving distance. Whistler/hood/bachelor are also close enough for the weekend trips to get away.

What I like most is the season pass at Snoqualmie that costs less than $400 and the fact that I can leave work at 5:00, be on a lift just after 6:00, ride for 3-4 hours, hit the bar, and get back home by 11:30 and still get enough sleep to be at work the next morning without feeling like crap (unless I drank too much).

Depending on your career path, Seattle has a pretty good job market as well.

Portland/hood seems like a real good place as well.

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Old 03-26-2012, 10:50 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Hood/Portland will have the longest lift season, less expensive living and reasonable job opportunities. Bham/Baker has a short lift season, no park, tight job market, relatively expensive housing and a drive to the hill.
Are you trying to keep people away from your powder?
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:07 AM   #25 (permalink)
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What I like most is the season pass at Snoqualmie that costs less than $400 and the fact that I can leave work at 5:00, be on a lift just after 6:00, ride for 3-4 hours, hit the bar, and get back home by 11:30 and still get enough sleep to be at work the next morning without feeling like crap (unless I drank too much).
This is the one thing we don't have in Calgary, unless you count COP right in the city which has a good park and I think it open every night. The mountains here have pretty much no night boarding, so it's all weekends and trips for me.

I used to night board in Ontario and it was pretty good, usually no lift lines so you can blast off a lot of runs. That said I wouldn't go to COP again if my life depended on it!
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:29 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Depending on what kind of job you are looking for and what level of boarder you are it is hard to beat Bend IMO. I'd live there if my job wasn't dependent on living in a bigger city. Bend has tons of outdoor stuff to do, a big mountain that usually gets a lot of quality snow and it is only a half hour from downtown. Jobs can be scarce and the terrain is more moderate than super steep at Bachelor if that is an issue. It is also per capita beer capital of Oregon.

As Snowwolf mentioned Utah has some issues that are hard to overlook but with Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude all less than an hour away it is hard to argue. Other outdoor activities too like climbing and hiking. There are now quite a few microbrews in Utah too. I think I read that there are 12 resorts within driving distance of SLC.

Living in Seattle I feel fairly lucky. I never hit Snoqualmie but as mentioned Stevens and Crystal are about 1:45 from my place, Baker and Mission are 3+ hours away and Whistler, Bachelor and several interior BC resorts are within reach over a long weekend.

If I lived on the east side of Lake Washington I'd probably do some night boarding at Snoqualmie but I prefer the terrain and length of runs at Stevens and Crystal for a full day on the slopes and Stevens has good night riding too.

Mission Ridge is underrated; only place I'll usually board on weekends locally. Nice long groomer runs and although they get less snow it tends to be drier. Wenatchee has quite a bit of lodging options that can be gotten cheap and is only 20 miles from the hill.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:02 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I live in Seattle but I will make the drive to White Pass on weekends, but it helps that my girlfriend's parents live in Centralia. So a 1.5 hour drive the night before followed by a 1.5 drive to the pass. I'll hit up Steven's or Snoqualmie on weekdays though if I get a chance. Still haven't made it to Baker.

SBK - I'll be going to Mission Ridge either next weekend or the one after, looks like there's some fun trees and chutes. There was a Groupon offer for 1/2 price lift tickets a few weeks ago.
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I live in Seattle but I will make the drive to White Pass on weekends, but it helps that my girlfriend's parents live in Centralia. So a 1.5 hour drive the night before followed by a 1.5 drive to the pass. I'll hit up Steven's or Snoqualmie on weekdays though if I get a chance. Still haven't made it to Baker.

SBK - I'll be going to Mission Ridge either next weekend or the one after, looks like there's some fun trees and chutes. There was a Groupon offer for 1/2 price lift tickets a few weeks ago.
Thanks for pointing out White Pass! Forgot about them, even though we rode there for the first time last year. We had two of the best days there all year, dry powder over groomers and almost no one on the new run for the first couple of hours. Another good weekend/long day option, definitely less crowded and more laid back like Mission.

We picked up a few of those Groupon lift tickets and are heading over for Sunday/Monday this weekend. After a warm dry week it looks like the snow is back and temperatures are trending down for the weekend. March has been amazing again this year. Heard that Stevens is staying open longer this year until May.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:39 PM   #29 (permalink)
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San Diego! Because it only takes 3 hours to a mountain that has about 250 acres ...
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