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Old 03-24-2012, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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which mountain/metro combo is best in your opinion in the west with regards to these priorities:
1- weather pattern in general and duration of the season
2- affordability to ride throughout the season
3- distance to the home mountain
4- city size big enough to find a job

i am in NYC metro and it is miserable.
here are a few i think about often:
a- vancouver/whistler
b- seattle/mt baker
c- portland/mt hood
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Vancouver is 2 hours (or more, if you're in the burbs) from Whistler. It's not a bad drive, but you have to factor 4 hours worth of travel into your plans. If you want to actually live in Whistler you have to be rich and retired or at least have a damn good job. Or be willing to eat KD and Rama a lot. Great mountain though.

Vancouver is generally pretty expensive as well, but we're day-trip distance from Whistler, Baker, Manning, Hemlock, Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour. It'll do.
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GR, I am by no means an expert but just pricing a week trip I found Hood/Tline to be pretty cheap on their spring passes and lodging is oh so cheap(as in I got lodging and two different resort passes for two people for the cost of just lodging some other places..) 40 hr drive here I come
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Vancouver - 3 mountains 20 min from down town(with nite skiing). Close enough to take public transportation to the mountain. Whislter/baker is within day trip distance. Tons of mountains in rockies (eastern BC) (weekend trip). If you live outside the city, its affordable (further from local mountains/whistler but closer to Baker). Not the lightest powder. And alot of rain in winter (sometimes on the mountain). warm summer (not hot). Never really gets too cold in winter.

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Montreal. few local mountains 1/2 hr to 45 min (for nite skiiing). Day trip distance to mont tremblant, jay peak and some vermont mountains. Probably the best bet on the east coast. Nice fun city to be in also. It's cold in winter and hot in summer.
Hard to get a job if you dont speak french. Very affordable, even in downtown
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I would personally stay in US for ease of work.

With your choices I'd say mt hood/Portland but live between sandy and government camp somewhere.

Bend Oregon / mt bachelor is good too.

Both have cheap rentals and short drives to mtns.
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yup, its the area, just pick a mtn and find a place closer. some of the smaller towns are cheaper...like mt vernon, centrailia, gresham are going to be cheaper and easy distance to the hill or the city. Any place along i-5 is striking distance to hood or whistler for a 2-3 day hit. In bham and whistler or crystal is doable for a long day. Bham/baker you could ride in the am and sail, kayak, scuba in the afternoon and hit sushi in vancouver for dinner and reggae into the night.
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i live in downtown vancouver and I cant get from my place to the top of cypress in under 25 min. In addition to that if you buy a seasons pass now for next year its only $399 (excludes weekends but i never go on weekends). Its so close easy and cheap I substitute working out at the gym in the winter to going for quick and hard 2 hour rides as cypress...been up almost 40 times this year.

All around its my personal favorite.
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Can't complain about vancouver either... but if you don't have a .ca work permit it could be tricky.

It's super central to quite a few mountains and if you want the city thing then it's good
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Calgary
-Million+ pop.
-Tons of mountains ranging from 15 minutes-4+ hours
-Long season, beginning of november to mid/late may
-Lot's of snow
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i live in downtown vancouver and I cant get from my place to the top of cypress in under 25 min. In addition to that if you buy a seasons pass now for next year its only $399 (excludes weekends but i never go on weekends). Its so close easy and cheap I substitute working out at the gym in the winter to going for quick and hard 2 hour rides as cypress...been up almost 40 times this year.

All around its my personal favorite.
Where is a good place to live in downtown and still be affordable?
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