I'm a soCal kid who grew up skating (90% of my trisports before age 16 and more mobility) and surfing because my parents were highly unwealthy - Rialto projects represent! So enjoying those sports to the max in that area, going to snowboard for a day here and there was always a big treat.
Everyone may hate LA but I don't. You think the traffic sucks? Best drivers in the world (open to suggestions for the title, I've driven in a few big cities). Traffic sux in Manila. Its dirty but so is every city in China, Russia, half of the rest of Europe, New York, Mexico City, Tijuana, Detroit, Council Bluffs, Taipei.........
I love the CO rockies and have been enjoying them alot and would not move to LA if I didn't have to, but I'd go without too much grumbling.
Sorry for the unpopular suggestion.
Mixie, sorry theres just alot of rad shit to do in any city of that size, I hope you can find a way to appreciate it, simply for the fact that you are there. That hate's not doing you any good.