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01-10-2013 09:42 PM
ARSENALFAN
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Originally Posted by chomps1211 View Post
I honestly forgot that MT. was an excellent fly fishing region! That's great to know. Not that I have anything against an afternoon of drowning worms, but I have always loved the elegance and artful nature of fly fishing. Not to mention, fresh caught trout or steelhead on the grill?? Delicious!!!
Well if you happen to move to MT, I will come down from Calgary and show you around the Missouri. There is alot of catch and release but you can keep some real hogs in April out of Holter Reservoir. Big trout over 5 pounds. Cheers!
01-10-2013 09:39 PM
chomps1211
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Originally Posted by ARSENALFAN View Post
Great Falls is a popular destination for Albertans. They drive there for the shopping. Very cheap. Been there quite a few times, but mainly on my way to the Missouri River to flyfish. The fishing in the area is excellent and the trout are always rising. Cross the border into Canada and you rarely see a snout unless your a ninja fisherman (early morning/late night). My guess is that you are likely 1.5 hours max from great snowboarding and flyfishing.

.... Your close enough that you could do a B.C. and Alberta snowboard trip once a year if the road reports are looking good. And you have intercontinental ballistic missle silos to boot. I give it two thumbs up!
I honestly forgot that MT. was an excellent fly fishing region! That's great to know. Not that I have anything against an afternoon of drowning worms, but I have always loved the elegance and artful nature of fly fishing. Not to mention, fresh caught trout or steelhead on the grill?? Delicious!!!
01-10-2013 08:27 PM
ARSENALFAN
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Originally Posted by Backcountry View Post
Btw, stay far away from Butte.
And Libby:


Vermiculite, an ore found in the area in 1881, had been mined in the area since 1919.[12][13] In 1919, E.N. Alley bought the Rainy Creek claims and started the Zonolite Company. Zonolite is a branded trademark product made from vermiculite.[14] W. R. Grace and Company bought the Zonolite mine in 1963. Previously, logging was the leading source of employment in Libby. W.R. Grace closed the mine in 1990. Federal government investigators subsequently found that air samples from the area had elevated levels of fibrous tremolite asbestos, which is suspected to have caused asbestos related ailments among current and former Zonolite employees, along with non-mine employees. [15][16][17] More than 274 area deaths in the past 60 years are suspected to have been caused by asbestos contaminated vermiculite. In the following years, only 17% of the residents who participated in the ATSDR screening study in Libby were found to have pleural abnormalities, which may be asbestos related.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been overseeing the removal of asbestos-contaminated soils and other suspect materials in and near Libby since May 2000,[18] and has spent $370 million in Superfund money on cleanup.[19][20][21]
On June 11, 2008, the EPA and the Department of Health and Human Services launched an $8 million investigation into the effects of asbestos exposure on the people of Libby.[22]
01-10-2013 08:27 PM
chomps1211
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Btw, stay far away from Butte.
Well,.. somebody had to say it! Right?
01-10-2013 08:21 PM
Backcountry Btw, stay far away from Butte.
01-10-2013 08:18 PM
ARSENALFAN Great Falls is a popular destination for Albertans. They drive there for the shopping. Very cheap. Been there quite a few times, but mainly on my way to the Missouri River to flyfish. The fishing in the area is excellent and the trout are always rising. Cross the border into Canada and you rarely see a snout unless your a ninja fisherman (early morning/late night). My guess is that you are likely 1.5 hours max from great snowboarding and flyfishing. And Montana is dirt cheap. As discussed in another post, its the only place you can go, eat a full ribeye dinner, drink 2 pitchers of beer and still have a tab under 40 bucks. The gas bar there is called "the town pump." I think he named it after one of his girlfriends. Your close enough that you could do a B.C. and Alberta snowboard trip once a year if the road reports are looking good. And you have intercontinental ballistic missle silos to boot. I give it two thumbs up!
01-10-2013 08:17 PM
Backcountry 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.
01-10-2013 08:08 PM
chomps1211
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Originally Posted by turbospartan View Post
... 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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Originally Posted by MarshallV82 View Post
...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!
01-10-2013 05:27 PM
turbospartan 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.
01-10-2013 05:25 PM
chomps1211
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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.
NOBODY likes my smiley's!!!

...how's that? Better?
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