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Old 04-11-2012, 04:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I live in Broomfield, which is right next to Westminster. Like others say, you'll probably pay 100-200 more for a decent place, but with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, how can you beat that? Eldora is pretty close, and Winter Park is about 1.5 hours away. Also, as other say, traffic sucks to the hills, but if you can get your ass out of bed early, you'll be fine!
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:41 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Just do it man!!!! I just put in an application with my company for a new position that would transfer me from Alabama to Denver and I didnt have to think too long about it. Should know something within the next month and if I get it I will be moving the family out this summer. Wife is actually excited for all Denver has to offer, her only drawback is being away from family but I've promised her a certain amount of times she can fly back home every year to visit family and made the compromise to let her parents comeout whenever they want. What's that saying, "Sometimes you have to give a little, to get a little..."
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:51 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Really..........you have to ask? I lived in Ohio for 2 years, had an opportunity to move to Colorado and jumped at the chance. Money isn't everything.........it's about "quality of life". If you need convincing......maybe the Centennial State isn't for you.
I can assure you it's been a dream since I starting riding 20 years ago or so. I was born and raised here in Ohio, spent all but 4 of my 33 years here. As Barrett said a big part of it is leaving all the friends and family behind. I know they'd be stoked to come out and visit but this would be a solo move for me.

Killz thank you for the detailed info, and thanks for referring to me as a young guy, much better that little jerk on the chairlift that said "wow you're 33 and you STILL ride park?". Anyways, for those of you talking about traffic, are we talking weekend warriors here or daily peak traffic times? Might have the option of working 3-1130pm there as I do here, so waking up early and riding before work a few days a week is a possibility.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:33 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Anyways, for those of you talking about traffic, are we talking weekend warriors here or daily peak traffic times? Might have the option of working 3-1130pm there as I do here, so waking up early and riding before work a few days a week is a possibility.
Just weekend/holiday traffic. Weekdays theres none. 2 of the 4 days a week that I can ride(wed/fri), I go back to work in Evergreen around 4.

Weather/rockfall work/texans should be the only thing to slow you up weekdays
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:48 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I went out to CO this winter and loved it. Spent the weekend in Denver then went out to Breck the next week. I never got used to the altitude in Breck, but in Denver I was fine. A friend of mine lives right outside of Denver and he said the traffic to and from the resorts on the weekend is a bitch. I didn't see it since we drove out on a Monday, then back on Saturday morning. It did take us about 2 hours to get to Breck from Denver though. I want to move there, my wife doesn't. The only other place I'd like to live is in/near Salt Lake City. Then you are talking only 1/2 hour from every resort. I'd fear if I move to Denver I'd never make the trip every weekend to ride. On the EC I ride every weekend which has spoiled me.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:43 AM   #16 (permalink)
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DO IT!

No questions asked!

Colorado is pretty affordable and I don't think you'll see more than a 15% - 20% increase in cost of living but will likely see 100% increase in quality of life. If you're into outdoor activities, great weather, and chill people do it. You'll make friends in no time and ohio is only a short flight away to see them and family. Colorado is just as good in the summer as it is in the winter too.

I almost took a job in Norcal for a 35% pay cut and 30% increase in cost of living, only reason I didn't was because I talked with my current employer and the possibility of relocating this summer to somewhere out west is there. Even so I still regret not making the move from time to time and think I may have been happier if I made the move... For now its Jersey until I can get to Calgary/Denver/Cali.

Whats the worst that could happen? You move to Colorado, decide you don't like it after a year and ask your company to transfer back to to Ohio...

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:55 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I can assure you it's been a dream since I starting riding 20 years ago or so. I was born and raised here in Ohio, spent all but 4 of my 33 years here. As Barrett said a big part of it is leaving all the friends and family behind. I know they'd be stoked to come out and visit but this would be a solo move for me.

Killz thank you for the detailed info, and thanks for referring to me as a young guy, much better that little jerk on the chairlift that said "wow you're 33 and you STILL ride park?". Anyways, for those of you talking about traffic, are we talking weekend warriors here or daily peak traffic times? Might have the option of working 3-1130pm there as I do here, so waking up early and riding before work a few days a week is a possibility.
The only thing to decide is how much of a snow bum do you want to be. Shit you are a whipper snapper with no kids, no wife and no mortage. Don't worry about drive times...as said get up early drive and then catch some breakfast with the early bunnies who are also after it and ride. Find some hole in the wall to rent by the hour and get your bearings; then get something nice. Don't worry about your friends and family...they are jelly and would hopefully kick your ass if you didn't move...besides they want some place to come out and crash.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:43 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I moved out here a little over a year ago from MI, and it has been awesome ever since.

Weekend driving does suck. You have to leave early to beat the traffic there, and then usually leave the mountain early (2pm-ish, especially on Sundays which are the worst) to beat the traffic on the way home. That gets very tiring as you're driving almost as much as you're riding.

If you could swing the 3-11:30pm shift, you could get a LOT of great riding in. Shit, if I had that schedule I'd probably ride 3-4x per week. Traffic during those mornings and on your way back into the city would be nothing compared to the weekend. You might be pretty damn tired by the end of the day (11:30pm, after being up since 7am or whenever you get up), but it'd be worth it.

I agree with Killz - live close to work. A quick commute every day for work and a longer drive for the days that you do go riding/hiking/biking/etc is much better than a long drive to work every day and a quicker drive to the mountains. Yea, it'd be awesome to be closer to the mountains... but at least for me, I work 5 days a week. Even if I wanted to snowboard way more, I doubt I'd ever get 5 days in during one week... so I'd rather make that 5 work day trips easier than the 2 or so days you'll have to drive to the mountains.

Snowboarding is obviously the reason you are on this forum, but there are so many other things to do in CO it is ridiculous. Hiking trails from Westminster are as close as Boulder and/or Littleton, or drive further to get to even better trails. Mountain biking same thing. Longboarding on paved hilly roads. Golfing. Just tons of stuff to do. Really the only thing I think that CO is missing compared to MI where I grew up, is the water. There are a couple man made lakes out here, but nothing like the thousands of inland MI lakes as well as the Great Lakes.
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Lakes in Colorado? More like puddles. If you like white water you're golden. If you like water skiing, not so much.
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