Colorado or Washington
So I will soon have the opportunity to trasnfer within my craft (train inspector) to either Denver CO or Vancouver/Pasco Washington and I can't decide which way I want to go.
I've been going to Breck,Keystone,Abasin and Copper for the last 7 years and I have always wanted to live there, but now my options are opening up.
So basically I'd like to hear anyones opinions weather good or bad about both and what you would choose given the opportunity.
Thanks for all input!!!!!!
Washington. They need more neversummer lovers up there
Lived in both areas albeit Colorado a lot longer.
Pros of Washington:
Insane snow falls that are measured in the range of FEET not inches.
Terrain that is some of the gnarliest and most technically fun I've ever encountered.
Meth, lots of meth!
Ski hills not ski resorts
Pros of Colorado:
A bad year here is an average winter anywhere else.
Evidently we're all on Coke too.
Length of season.
Cons of Washington:
Rain, you have to watch where that snow line is. That 3 feet of fresh snow could now be sludge covered with 5 inches of rain on top.
Driving everywhere sucks.
Lack of sun through most of the winter.
The people (subjective I know but seriously fuck 99% of Washington states people)
High suicide rate
Cons of Colorado:
Lower snowfall totals depending on which part of the state.
Terrain that has more rocks exposed than Washington
Idiots that do not know how to drive
It's cold here in the winter (if you are a pussy)
Parking at resorts
Mega resorts vs family ski hills
Vancouver/Pasco is Southern WA so you'll have White Pass or be driving to Oregon. Not exactly an easy straight shot like Colorado has.
Vancouver isn't even Washington anymore, you're riding Mt. Hood that far south.
Also, WA sucks, it only rains and everybody is a hipster. Avoid.
The freakin' rain would be a deal breaker for me. Gotta love that Colorado blue sky.
Pot is legal in Washington, too, although much more regulated. Still, nobody gives a damn if u reef, including law enforcement.
Best fishing anywhere in the lower 48. Possibly in north america if you consider the length of the season.
And speaking of seafood, you can't really find anything better, even down in Cali. Seriously, next time you find yourself at Fisherman's Wharf, take a look at where their crab and oysters come from. That's right. Dungeoness from the Hood Canal and South Sound oysters.
And on that note, sushi. Plus any asian cuisine you desire. All of that is better in WA. Perhaps some asian food is better in Cali (if it is, not by much), but definitely not sushi.
The post about riding mt hood is true. Vancouver is honorary portland. I suppose you could make a long drive to crystal (which had a one-day opening this week. Look it up!) but that would be over two hours compared to maybe an hour or so. But timberline (hood) boasts year-round lift-spinning, so you could satiate your addiction in july.
Oregon has no sales tax (not sure about CO). Many many people live in Vancouver and shop in portland (imagine buying $1500 worth of new gear tax-free)
Dont forget that in vancouver, wa u are still only a day drive from whistler. and baker is even closer in bellingham.
I can't speak for colorado but I grew up in WA (tacoma) so I can probably answer a lot of other questions about WA
Denver if you are into music is insane, red rocks is a top 2 venue and its 25mins away, every single group you want to see will come through the denver boulder area. Far better music scene than portland overall
The Gorge in George, WA is basically ranked second behind Red Rocks Amphitheater (and of course there is debate about who is #1). Seattle is still somewhat of an epicenter for music. Can't argue with the frequency of good acts at the continental divide, though. It's just too convenient for bands to make it there, and east coasters basically see Denver as the "West". LOL to that, but it is what it is.
You, sir, have quite the conundrum on your hands! Colorado and Washington have a ton in common!
Unless you like meth, meth heads and serious traffic you don't want to live in Vancouver.
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