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How big is the snowboarder community in Denver? Vail is < 2 hours away, Breckenridge is < 2 hours away. Since the greater Denver area has a pretty good economy it seems like Denver would have a snowboarder community.

Also, where do a lot of snowboarders like to live in greater Denver? I'm guessing most snowboarders don't care for downtown because the traffic is bad and it's got an inner city vibe.

So where are some popular areas to live in greater Denver for snowboarders?
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I live in Golden

Most people in Denver enjoy skiing/riding, the lucky ones live in the mountains!
My buddies live in Lakewood and downtown - it's a little better area for their 'business'

We make it to the mountains 3-5 times a week during the winter.. my job slows down that time of year (well.. used to!)
and my buddies just do handy man work and sell focus enhancers for a living...

I'm wanting to move to a mountain town, now that I'm debt free and sick of my career. I just gotta find a way to get a decent job up there!


The weekday drives there are not bad, but the weekends are pretty rough!
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Its not as if theres a community of boarders in the city. There is no "cool" spot where the boarders or skiers hang out. Its more like just a bunch of people that go up to ski/ snowboard in the winter when there jobs allow it. If you want a boarder / skier based community then you'll obviously have to move up in the mountains to a place like Breckenridge, Vail, Frisco, Winter park, Durango. The economy is better in denver then the mountains but it still sucks (good luck finding a job without a degree unless you like flipping burgers... even then its tough). Not to put you off but Denver can be sorta of like New York at times ... Stupid traffic and people that treat you like scum if your not in there "click" There are nice areas of town with less traffic and sometimes nicer people such as Littleton, Lakewood, Morrison, Golden, pretty much the west or southwest side of Denver is alright but if your looking for a nice place to live with nice people look for somewhere in the mountains or perhaps somewhere other then Denver. If that's your only choice though, find somewhere in the burbs on the west side of town near the mountains.
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If you do move somewhere off i-70 though, watch for traffic going up the mountain (west bound) on fridays and traffic going down (east bound) on sundays
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Honestly, the I-70 traffic usually isn't too bad until you get to Floyd Hill where it narrows to 2 lanes. That's where the nightmare begins. Even living in Evergreen, I rarely have I-70 traffic issues getting home. Same going east. The traffic is usually a nightmare until you get through the Idaho Springs tunnel, then it's usually pretty smooth flowing. It almost always opens up east of Floyd Hill at worst.
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Is Golden, CO a good place to live? I think a recruiter contacted me about a contract in Golden one time. I'm guessing this could only be for Coors. It would be cool to say that I work for Coors. The only problem I could potentially see is that a lot of people probably think it would be cool to say they work for Coors so the pay could be lower or the work environment might be below average. Can anyone speak to what it's like to work at Coors and/or live in Golden, CO?
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Coors used to be a great company to work for, but it seems to have changed a lot since the SAB acquisition. There's more than just Coors in Golden though.

Golden is a quaint little town, but very political. The Coors family runs that town. But, working in Golden doesn't mean you have to live there. You could live up here in Evergreen or any of western or northern suburbs. Hell, if you like the urban scene, you could even live in downtown Denver. You'd be going opposite of the traffic flow both ways. A buddy of mine that works at the fed center lives in downtown Denver and it's a breeze for him. Plus, they'll have the light rail finished soon.
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I live in Golden

Most people in Denver enjoy skiing/riding, the lucky ones live in the mountains!
My buddies live in Lakewood and downtown - it's a little better area for their 'business'

We make it to the mountains 3-5 times a week during the winter.. my job slows down that time of year (well.. used to!)
and my buddies just do handy man work and sell focus enhancers for a living...

I'm wanting to move to a mountain town, now that I'm debt free and sick of my career. I just gotta find a way to get a decent job up there!


The weekday drives there are not bad, but the weekends are pretty rough!
I read the bold part too fast and thought you said you make it to the mountains 3-5 time a winter. I was about to drive out to Golden, CO and slap you. Then I re-read it (in disbelief). So no road trip, no slapping.

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I stayed in downtown Denver this weekend. A bit too inner city for me. However, what I dug and wasn't even expecting were little pockets of CO that were reminiscent of gold rush towns. Hard to describe but it was a really cool vibe, really unique.

There's 1 little area about 30 miles from downtown Denver (on 70?) where there's a Carl's Jr, Subway sandwich shop and a couple other fast food restaurants. Anyway, there's a lot of mountainous terrain and the CO river rushes by this little area. There doesn't seem to be too much traffic around that area either.

Also, I was driving around the Coor's plant in Golden. Very rugged area lush with nature. Golden seems like a low key place to live as well with a quaint downtown area. A local might be able to give me a better scoop on this area though.

Morrison seems like a great town too. Doesn't seem overcrowded or inner city at all. I stopped at a local gas station to ask about Red Rocks and these 2 kids hanging out there were friendly as could be.

I'll definitely have to check out Evergreen and Littleton next time I'm up there. If it's where snowboarders like to live then I'll probably like it. I Google Mapped the distance between Golden and Evergreen and the distance is 20 miles which would be my absolute max commute. I'm guessing that rush hour traffic adds a lot of extra time in the winter as well. I also Google Mapped the distance between Evergreen and DTC (Denver Tech Center) and the distance is 28 miles which would be too far for me to commute....
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