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Old 01-10-2013, 11:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Co. has a FT opening in Great Falls! I'm thinking about bidding on it! I see it's about 4-5 hrs from Big Sky, that's about what I'm driving to get to the closest "Big" resort here in MI. Not too bad a drive for long weekends to other Epic snowboarding destinations from GF either,.. vacations, 3 & 4 day holiday weekends and the like!

But, are there any good resorts closer than that? Something I could maybe hit before or after work, or an hour or two away for the weekends??

I'd have to take a fairly significant hourly pay cut to take the job. (...company scales it's pay by region & COL indexes!) So before I give this serious thought, I'd like some idea of what the riding is like locally! Of course other GF's info,.. crime, good neighborhoods, traffic, apt. rental rates, etc. would be appreciated as well!

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Showdown is within an hour I believe.

It's not a great mountain or anything, but it'll offer more than anything in MI. I think it has like 1600 to 1400 Vert feet. But you're still pretty close to some really nice resorts. I'd call it good move if you can handle living in a cold place that doesn't offer the city life you've become accustomed to.

(Assuming you don't live in the backwoods of MI)


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I cant really comment of living in great falls, only drove through it but western montana is a bad ass place. Most jobs in western states are going to pay less than the same job in the midwest and east. I would make the move. there are alot of other things you will learn to love there as well.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm definitely NOT a city guy. I love the mountains, and although I don't live in the backwoods, I could! Quite comfortably!

Lived in SoCal on the coast from '80 to '89-90. (...3 yrs of that at Camp Pendleton Marine base). I Got into the hills as often as I could. (...used to do a little climbing.) I was on the coast in NoCal from '90 to '96. Loved the Redwoods, the coastal Mts. & Seirra's. Not a flatland lover @ all, raised in MI so don't mind the cold. In fact, one of the biggest reasons I'm considering this is we don't have a long enough winter here now that I'm so into boarding.

I've got some real financial issues that could make a move like this difficult to pull off, but I am weighing my options. I just wouldn't want to make a move like this if I wound up as far or farther from being able to do some decent daily or 3-4 times a week riding than I am already. I want to do more than weekend rides at crappy little hills. Also the chance to b within a half or full days drive of some truely EPIC resorts is awfully appealing!

Really would appreciate some more local knowlege and feedback on the area if possible.
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Not to take anything away from this forum, but here is a fairly recent thread full of the type of information you may be looking for.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/monta...s-montana.html

That sucks with the pay cut, you can't be promoted in some way since you're willing to move? I wish you the best of luck!
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These are the two most readable and ledgible posts I have ever seen Chomps make.....lol Sorry, had to say it.
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These are the two most readable and ledgible posts I have ever seen Chomps make.....lol Sorry, had to say it.
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Chomps.... let me preface this by saying I've never been to Montana in my life. That said, I don't know how good of a look this might be. I understand your feelings on wanting to move somewhere closer to mountains (I too, came from MI and moved to Denver, CO), but objectively looking at the data... how much better would it be?

I guess it depends on how much of a pay cut you'd have to take, but make sure that you have enough money to even continue enjoying snowboarding. 4+ hour drive to Big Sky is obviously better than a 4+ hour drive to Boyne, but you also have to factor in that Big Sky will cost more for both lift tickets (I'm guessing) and lodging. The local place (Showdown) doesn't look too shabby... 1400 max vertical, but a season pass there is over $500. Daily is pretty cheap though ($38).

Again, maybe it would be better but from reading the city-data forums it doesn't seem like anything out of this world. If you stayed in MI with better pay, could you afford some trips to other locations (CO, UT, Tahoe, etc.)? To expand on that, you should try taking a few trips to some places to see some bigger resorts and get a feel for things. Just my opinion... good luck.
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... how much better would it be?

I guess it depends on how much of a pay cut you'd have to take, but make sure that you have enough money to even continue enjoying snowboarding.

...If you stayed in MI with better pay, could you afford some trips to other locations (CO, UT, Tahoe, etc.)? To expand on that, you should try taking a few trips to some places to see some bigger resorts and get a feel for things. Just my opinion... good luck.
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...That sucks with the pay cut, you can't be promoted in some way since you're willing to move? I wish you the best of luck!
Thanks for the considered replies! Without going into too much detail, one of the "serious" financial considerations is that technically,.. this would be a promotion of sorts!

I am permanent part time where I am at right now. So the pay is better, but I don't get enough of it! This full time position is way more hours, but might be as much as $2-$5 less an hour! The very few FT positions that do occasionally come open here are bid on & placed based on seniority! Although I have been with the company 10 years, last time I checked, in our station I am 5th from the bottom out of 30-50 guy's in seniority! 25-30+ of those guys are PT also!!

There is virtually NO chance of getting full time where I am at now! I would have to change jobs (...not an option) or move within or out of the state for that to happen! If I'm going to consider a move, I'm going to move to someplace I can stand to live!! Preferably with more & better snowboarding opportunities!

This is one of the few postings I've seen that even came close to the kind of move I would prefer to make. It's not my ideal situation,.. that would be moving back to CA for FT because first, I've lived there before, CA. has tons of variety in climate, and outdoor activities! and not the least of which is because a move there would actually increase my hourly pay! (...although not nearly as much as you would imagine going from suburban Detroit to say Orange Co. CA.!)

(...sigh) This will probably wind up being an exercise in wishful thinking, but I thought I should at least look into it! I have lived in and visited some very beautiful places in the Mts. and along the CA. coast! Been to Big Bear, & Shasta!,.. Oregon & Seattle WA. Mnt ST. Helens (...after the '80 eruption!) I've driven cross country & back 2.5 times! I've seen Jackson Hole & Yellowstone in the fall! Loved the look of the rock & scenery as I climbed out of SLC Utah into the Wasatch Mts.

Not that MI. is dull, drab or uninteresting,.. but I DO really love the mountains!! That has been true, even before I ever imagined snowboarding on them! I enjoyed riding motorcycles on Mtn. roads, (...or anyplace else for that matter!) hiking, biking, fly fishing, etc.
...I'm very serious about wildlife & nature photography also! So the mountains are special for me in that regard as well!

...but it is very likely that this is just too impulsive a decision to make right now! A list of company job openings changes & is posted weekly, so I will never have much advance notice, even when the perfectly located job does appear! I can only make my decision based on my financial situation at the time the position is posted and how perfect is the position/location I'm hoping to get! I do miss the Mountains tho!

...oh yeah, I almost forgot, the cost of the move would be On Me also!! Nice huh?

Thanks for reading & I appreciate the information & advice!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Great Falls... ehh, cool town, also don't forget about Moonlight Basin because that's right by Big Sky. Also Showdown, Showdown is never crowded and always has pretty good snow.
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