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Old 08-08-2012, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Wife and I are relocating and are looking for the best state/ city to move to for snowboarding. length of season, and that would be good for her for her college. any help would be awesome.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For length of season the PNW (Seattle, Portland, Vancouver)is your automatic answer because they have glacial summer riding.

Otherwise you should just pick a mountain spot with killer resorts and make your judgement on the more practical issues like jobs/rent/college.

Some other good big city choices:

Denver
SLC
LA (they don't have epic riding, but there are several resorts nearby, and roadtrips up I5 aren't bad)
San Fran -Sacramento is better

Smaller Spots you could probably make work:

Jhole
Tahoe
Durango
Montana
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So you think moving to portland will be a good spot? my wife mentioned that area today saying she wanted to live there. thanks for responding to my last question
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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portland is cool. lots of great food, a bunch of schools, close to the mt, close to the beach, plenty of funky people, no sales tax, great herb, great beers i guess (don't drink), tons of stripclubs, great fishing, biking, kiteboarding/windsurfing, good public transit... it's a pretty good city - and not too huge...


Bend, OR is also a great place to live, shred and go to school - it has a good CC and an OSU/UofO extension campus. much smaller town than portland but TONS of outdoor shit to do.
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If you're looking for permanent relocation with good job opportunities, you're pretty much looking at the PNW, SLC, or the Front Range of CO.

If SLC wasn't so ridiculously conservative, I'd be all over it. Much better access than the Front Range. The Front Range is really growing and has good job opportunities and lots of college choices, but the traffic is becoming crippling. It seems to have gotten much worse just in the 5 years I've been here. Another 5 and I don't know if I'll be able to take it anymore.
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Not to put a downer on portland oregon (in all honesty I'd love to move there too!) but I've heard tell that the job market there is poor. Not sure what your line of work is but I have had quite a few friends try to move there after college and either had to bail and move somewhere else or stick with a waiter/bartending/fairly menial job with minimal advancement opportunities. If thats OK with you I'd say go for it! Never been there myself but its on my list.
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I moved to Denver a little over a year ago and I love it. I moved here for a job and not because of snowboarding or anything like that. But I am super stoked that I did. Granted, I've only been here for a year, but its great so far. Just my 2 cents.
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Yeah, SLC is good. No it's great actually. A crazy amount of mountains all within 25 minutes drive, the best, most consistently light snow in the US, and alotta convenience of a mid-sized city.

It's true, it is on the conservative side but I think not necessarily the Rick Santorum type (although it may have pockets of that like any other place) It's just that life in SLC is heavily geared around families and church so you might miss a little of the dynamism of a robust urban environment.

There are some odd rules (esp with alcohol) but every city I've lived in has its parochial traditions that takes adjustment. As someone who is divorced, not white and prone to be drunk on snowboarding trip I can say I've felt completely welcomed everytime I've been there.
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Not to put a downer on portland oregon (in all honesty I'd love to move there too!) but I've heard tell that the job market there is poor. Not sure what your line of work is but I have had quite a few friends try to move there after college and either had to bail and move somewhere else or stick with a waiter/bartending/fairly menial job with minimal advancement opportunities. If thats OK with you I'd say go for it! Never been there myself but its on my list.


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I appreciate all the feedback from everyone. Im going to possibly look into Utah, How long is there snow season there?
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