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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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Pretty sure you're talking about the Dumont area. Just a heads up, but that corridor of I-70 between Idaho Springs and Georgetown is pretty much meth alley - and that's Clear Creek, not the Colorado River. The Colorado River is west of the divide nowhere near the Denver metro area.

Morrison IS a great little town, but very expensive. It's awesome because you're 5 minutes of C-470, but it doesn't feel like it at all plus you don't have to deal with much more snow than Denver.
"Evergreen" is a very vague area. It isn't an incorporated area, so pretty much everything west of Golden, north of Conifer, and east of Idaho Springs gets categorized as "Evergreen". I can be in downtown Golden from my house in 15 minutes.

I would definitely check out Evergreen. There are also some pretty cool parts of Genessee that are a little off the beaten path, not the McMansions right on I-70. It doesn't sound like you're up for the commute, but if you are, Coal Creek Canyon might be a cool area to check out for you. I think it's really cool little spot. Eldorado Springs is another cool little spot, but way too hippy-ish for me. I don't mind a little hippy, but Eldo is... well, they're out there.
 

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I'll def check out all the areas you mentioned next time I'm up there.

Evergreen seems like a strong candidate if I work in Golden.

Littleton seems like a strong candidate if I work closer to Denver.
 

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that Carl's Jr is in Idaho Springs.

well known as meth alley but also some decent little dispensaries up in there. I wouldnt want to commute floyd hill even tho I do its bigger brother to the east every day.
 

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BA took all our hookers and blow to Summit, Denver is actually really nice these days (unless u want hookers and blow, in which case ours arent as good anymore).

We still have cougars and weed galore in Evergreen tho!
 

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It is all relative. Denver is not bad at all. I'm from Detroit. Denver looks like "Pleasantville" compared to Detroit. Denver you can go out at night and feel relatively safe (as long as you have common sense). Detroit - you don't go out at night unless there is a Tigers/Red Wings game, and after the game you go directly to your car and leave.

I live in Lakewood now, because I have an apbt which are banned in Denver. I'm about 15 minutes closer to the mountains that I would be if I lived downtown.

There are no spots that snowboarders get together and hang out, at least that I know of. Actually, I don't even know of a place anywhere that caters specifically to snowboarders.

I70 traffic BLOWS on the weekends. That is why I am looking to rent a place for the season this year, so we can drive up after work on Friday and then not have to come back until Sunday night after the traffic has died down. It was so exhausting this year, waking up at 6am every Saturday to drive for 2 hours (in traffic), ride for 3-4 hours, and then have to leave early as to not get caught in the traffic on the way back. Shit is weak.
 

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It is all relative. Denver is not bad at all. I'm from Detroit. Denver looks like "Pleasantville" compared to Detroit. Denver you can go out at night and feel relatively safe (as long as you have common sense). Detroit - you don't go out at night unless there is a Tigers/Red Wings game, and after the game you go directly to your car and leave.

I live in Lakewood now, because I have an apbt which are banned in Denver. I'm about 15 minutes closer to the mountains that I would be if I lived downtown.

There are no spots that snowboarders get together and hang out, at least that I know of. Actually, I don't even know of a place anywhere that caters specifically to snowboarders.

I70 traffic BLOWS on the weekends. That is why I am looking to rent a place for the season this year, so we can drive up after work on Friday and then not have to come back until Sunday night after the traffic has died down. It was so exhausting this year, waking up at 6am every Saturday to drive for 2 hours (in traffic), ride for 3-4 hours, and then have to leave early as to not get caught in the traffic on the way back. Shit is weak.

Which is why I would never even consider moving to somewhere like detroit...
I would rather be homeless here then have a house there :D I'm not saying Denver is bad but there are better places to move to.

Lakewood=Denver to me because I lived right on the edge of Lakewood near Denver before I moved up here. I just can't handle inconsiderate self centered @$$holes anymore... Sure you don't have to worry about getting shot or robbbed or crap like that but you still get the cold shoulder from most people, people cut you off in traffic and almost make you wreck just to get 1-2 dam cars ahead (I pull up 10 feet behind these assholes at the lights, so was it really worth risking my life to get 20-30 feet ahead?)

Basically I'm just jaded by the traffic. Why the hell do all the old people and people without jobs sit at home all day then wait till all the people with jobs are heading home from work till they finally go do there stuff? That just makes the traffic that much worse....

I don't know just a bunch of bad experiences. For example the other day I went down to Denver and was getting gas. After I got done pumping and got back in the car I got a phone call. Well I won't talk on the phone and drive so I answered it real quick to see whats up. It was my boss telling me about a new job. There where about 8 pumps, only 2 of which where being used (one by me) and some asshat comes and knocks on my windows (obviously already upset about something else) and asks me when I'm moving... I look around at the other empty pumps shrug my shoulders and ignore him (since I was already in a conversation with someone else) he then just sits there with his car running behind me waiting for me to move or something. Eventually I get off the phone and he is still chilling there behind me and relized I was off the phone at this point so he came back up to the window with his arms flailing and says "the pumps are for people that need gas, get off your dam phone and move" at this point this is a whopping 3/8 pumps full and one person getting ready to leave. Yes I know I should have made the call elsewhere but my boss was the one that called me, it was urgent, and there where plenty of other pumps open, so I looked at him, laughed, picked my phone back up and "pretended to make a call" ( I only fuck with assholes like this because I have my ccw :D)

Anyways, up here in the mountains people always wave, say hi, go out of there way to make friendly conversation. Granted there are dicks everywhere, even up here but there are way less dicks and alot more "nice" people. I don't feel like a want to run someone down up here. To each there own I guess. I LOVE DENVER, I just hate 99% of the people
 

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Which is why I would never even consider moving to somewhere like detroit...
I would rather be homeless here then have a house there :D I'm not saying Denver is bad but there are better places to move to.

Lakewood=Denver to me because I lived right on the edge of Lakewood near Denver before I moved up here. I just can't handle inconsiderate self centered @$$holes anymore... Sure you don't have to worry about getting shot or robbbed or crap like that but you still get the cold shoulder from most people, people cut you off in traffic and almost make you wreck just to get 1-2 dam cars ahead (I pull up 10 feet behind these assholes at the lights, so was it really worth risking my life to get 20-30 feet ahead?)

Basically I'm just jaded by the traffic. Why the hell do all the old people and people without jobs sit at home all day then wait till all the people with jobs are heading home from work till they finally go do there stuff? That just makes the traffic that much worse....

I don't know just a bunch of bad experiences. For example the other day I went down to Denver and was getting gas. After I got done pumping and got back in the car I got a phone call. Well I won't talk on the phone and drive so I answered it real quick to see whats up. It was my boss telling me about a new job. There where about 8 pumps, only 2 of which where being used (one by me) and some asshat comes and knocks on my windows (obviously already upset about something else) and asks me when I'm moving... I look around at the other empty pumps shrug my shoulders and ignore him (since I was already in a conversation with someone else) he then just sits there with his car running behind me waiting for me to move or something. Eventually I get off the phone and he is still chilling there behind me and relized I was off the phone at this point so he came back up to the window with his arms flailing and says "the pumps are for people that need gas, get off your dam phone and move" at this point this is a whopping 3/8 pumps full and one person getting ready to leave. Yes I know I should have made the call elsewhere but my boss was the one that called me, it was urgent, and there where plenty of other pumps open, so I looked at him, laughed, picked my phone back up and "pretended to make a call" ( I only fuck with assholes like this because I have my ccw :D)

Anyways, up here in the mountains people always wave, say hi, go out of there way to make friendly conversation. Granted there are dicks everywhere, even up here but there are way less dicks and alot more "nice" people. I don't feel like a want to run someone down up here. To each there own I guess. I LOVE DENVER, I just hate 99% of the people
See this is why I'm a country boy. If I lived in the city my knuckle would be bruised every week from punching people like that in the face.
 

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I grew up and learned to drive in Manila, a city of about 20 million, I understand why some people aren't as at home as I am in Chicago, SF or SoCal, hell Denver's pretty country actually.

If you can only ride weekends better just get smaller expectations, even if you get a place in the mountains everyone still rides those days. All the old school people I know who still go on weekends hit first chair at Loveland or Copper, get to the top and stay away from the crowds, leave at 2.
 
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