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  • #573288
    clindberg
    31 Posts

    OK,

    I read a post a while back about someone who was looking to move and was looking for the best towns to live in to have good backcountry access.

    So I searched and couldn’t find that post, so….

    I find myself in the same situation. This winter my wife and I are quitting our jobs and setting out in a truck camper to travel around the country looking for a new place to live. Of course our bikes, surfboards, and my splitboard will be brought along, you know to test things out to see if they are suitable along the way.
    I am a carpenter so hopefully I can find work anywhere and would also be willing to switch careers if we find the right place. My wife is a teacher so we will also be job hunting along the way.
    The right place for me means a cool mountain town that has affordable housing and easy access to great backcountry. We are open to suggestions anywhere there will be snow.

    As well, along our travels, I would love to meet up with people looking for partners in the mountains this upcoming winter and spring. We don’t have a set route yet, but will definitely be travelling up the rockies, around the mountains of California, Oregon, and Washington and then will continue up for a tour of Alaska.

    Interested to see what you all suggest.

    Thanks

    Colin

    #628105
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    hard to beat Truckee/Reno. Surf is only 4hrs away.

    For pure variety and access then Mammoth/Bishop is a no brainer.

    #628106
    aksltxlt
    621 Posts

    Meyers California.

    #628107
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    A- I was gonna keep that one a secret since that is my first choice if I could move. 😀

    #628108
    aksltxlt
    621 Posts

    With all the Riding you do Powderjunkie your practically a local 😛 All I can say is come on out, the mountains here always seem to deliver

    #628109
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    We don’t know where your coming from? Background Knowledge (throw that one at your wife it’s teacher talk she’ll appreciate it) is important! I want to make connections and build on the BK and don’t listen to any of these Cali guys, they think it’s all about stable snow and surf, they don’t know shit (e.g. there BK is limited).

    #628110
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    He gave a hint of BK…

    “our bikes, surfboards”

    “my splitboard”

    Better make it Cali.

    #628111
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    or Bozeman!

    #628112
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    Definitely Bozeman.

    #628113
    clindberg
    31 Posts

    ok here is some background knowledge. I currently live in New Jersey(obviously no splitboarding here) so I spend a lot of time heading up north into New England. As far as splitboarding goes I tend to spend a lot of time up in New England. I find myself combining my love of climbing and snowboarding and end up doing a lot of overnight and multi-day trips in the backcountry.
    I work in high end residential construction and usually have a fairly flexible schedule. I end up traveling about 8 weeks a year so I have been around(2 weeks in hokkaido and a month surfing in costa rica, plus numerous 3-4 day trips throughout last year). Before I became involved with carpentry I led guided backpacking and cycling trips all over the western rockies as well as New England. So I definitely love to travel and move around.
    My wife has her masters in ESL as well as elementary education so she can teach english as a second language or just little kids.
    While Jersey is actually pretty nice, it is time to get back into the mountains. We would love to find some property to buy in a great area and I could build a very small home for us as well as a barn and set up some large gardens and have some space for some animals.
    My ideal would be to live a bit outside a small town that is not succumbing to the walmart/home depot disease. Somewhere where I could run into the coffee shop on the way to work and greet the people in there by name, something with a community feel to it.
    This has been a dream for us for a while now and it is time to find that place and make it happen. And since I fractured my heel in a few places 2 weeks ago, I have about 2 months ahead of me to sit on my butt and dream…
    We spent 2 weeks around Idaho last summer as well and really fell in love with the Pioneers and the Sawtooths as well.
    I heard there is a good job opening in Bozeman…….

    So keep firing away those ideas.

    Colin

    #628114
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    Love Bozeman-Lot’s of different ranges with unique features, still incredibly wild and untouched. Nice river for a surf of sorts. Cool town and strong mountain culture. My family is based out of Bozeman and Kallispell. Some realities, I’ve heard it abosuletly sucks to teach in Montana in terms of what you make and how your treated. Most everything has become unaffordable and most of my family is struggling to make a living and this was the case before the nations current economic times. Housing in Bozeman is rather steep but you could probably find something in the Bellvue or other outer suburbs. Similar to Jackson the billionaires are buying out the millionaires inflating things a bit. It might be relatively close to Jackson but besides that your a bit of a drive from anywhere else, and I assume with the flexibility of you and your wifes schedules you would be looking for weekend get-aways often, especially in the summer. But depending on where your coming from I could be giving you a completely wrong impression. For example if your from the east coast probably used to inflated housing cost and Bozeman may be cheap compared to what your used, etc. Take care.

    ^^^Edit. This is what I was about to post, then saw your post. After reading your post, Bozeman may be dam well be perfect. Most likely lot’s of opportunity for high end residential. Why we may not think of Bozeman as place in need of an ESL teacher with the current high end housing boom, I’m sure theres a good amount of immigrant workers up there and not a lot of qualified people to teach their kids. Your coming from the East Coast so my point about high housing prices is probably just a joke coming from where your coming from. I beleive there is plenty of opportunity to by a small plot somewhere, most likely a bit out of town and driving will be a reality it would be worth it. I love this town called little amsterdam it’s where my grandmother and grandfather are buried. If you happen to have a Dutch heritage you will especially love it and it’s right off the highway to get to Big Sky. Hope that helps so many cool places to live and fun to talk about.

    #628115
    bones get broke
    298 Posts

    SW Colorado. (Durango/Silverton area)
    Trade in your Surf boards for Kayaks and you’ll have all of your toys in use nearly all of the time. Winter time, you can split and ride your Mtn. bike on consecutive days. When the snow is shit, Moab is 2.5 hrs to the west and I’ve heard there’s a trail or two over there to bike on. Summer, you can ride for years and not ever get bored (the local trails are more fun than a room full of well oiled midgets) and there is tons of rafting and kayaking locally as well as in every direction.

    If you’re headed through Durango, hit me with a PM. I’d be happy to show you some San Juan love.

    #628116
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    “a room ful of well oiled midgets”

    That sound like the most delightful place on earth!

    I like Bellingham WA. Not as mountain towny..coastal really. but only about an hour to baker… less to good BC. .. other stuff.

    #628117
    brg
    141 Posts

    I would look for something in California, they have nice mountains, beaches and grass. The Pacific northwest seems cool too. Interior Rockies has unstable snow, cold temps, and most of the mountain towns are over priced.

    #628118
    bones get broke
    298 Posts

    @ale_capone wrote:

    “a room ful of well oiled midgets”

    That sound like the most delightful place on earth!

    I stole that line from a “Blood Hound Gang” song…..
    Have your sense of humor checked out, it seems to be broken.

    #628119
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Im going at the Surf angle

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolinas,_California

    Bolinas

    close to San Francisco . Point Reyes
    Mavericks
    ocean beach , even Santa Cruz is within reach. Cold water, but hey your coming from jersey. Heavy , Large cold surf. Hawaii heavy all winter long but nobody out. Think overhead, double overhead, tripple overhead. they dont call it the wild coast for nothing

    Splitboarding near- Tahoe Shasta lassen and the Eastern Sierra

    Housing cost are off the hook (expensive) but lots of Victorian Homes that need constant restoration

    yep, funky hippie bolinas. Thats it

    Oh yeah,

    edited to add

    STAY THE FUCK OUT OF MONTANA
    😯

    #628120
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    @bones get broke wrote:

    @ale_capone wrote:

    “a room ful of well oiled midgets”

    That sound like the most delightful place on earth!

    I stole that line from a “Blood Hound Gang” song…..
    Have your sense of humor checked out, it seems to be broken.

    woah.. why you snappin on me hommie? I thought it was funny, that’s why I quoted it.

    and I stand by my statement. it does sound delightful.

    #628121
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    Lot’s of great spots all over you could go to. It all depends on what you want.

    Rockies will have colder temps (powder sticks around for a long time) but as mentioned avy danger is off the hook. No 24-48hrs after a storm and it’s all good. Still, big lines get done, and there is a ton of fun stuff. Season to season, snowfall is pretty reliable. Rare that there is two bad seasons in a row. Unlike the better part of a decade I experienced in Cali. The backcountry is a huge area out here. Especially in Colorado. It’s mind boggling how much there is. Of course there are popular spots, like Berthoud Pass. There are also places you can go where the only people you’ll likely see are the people you are touring with. I’m sure Montana is like this too, again, not familiar, but damn it looks good up there.

    West Coast, surfing is accessible, though you’ll have to pick which one you want to be close too. At least in Cali that’s true. I think you could find a good central location in the PDX/PNW area, but I am just not familiar with it. Hope to change that this season ale! Steep ass lines go in the middle of winter too. I am so jealous of that. The snow sticks to higher angles too. It may not be the champagne powder of Colorado or Utah, but I think that’s a great trade off. Besides, a pow day is a pow day. With Hood, you’d have nearly year round opportunities. I have no idea how expansive the bc is around there.

    Just depends on what you want.

    #628122
    bones get broke
    298 Posts

    @ale_capone wrote:

    woah.. why you snappin on me hommie? I thought it was funny, that’s why I quoted it.

    and I stand by my statement. it does sound delightful.

    My bad…..It must be the triple digit heat here in New Mexico where I work and the fact that snowflakes falling from the sky is not even going to be a hope for another 4 months.

    My appologies…… :drinks:

    #628123
    jbaysurfer
    947 Posts

    @TEX wrote:

    Im going at the Surf angle

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolinas,_California

    Bolinas

    close to San Francisco . Point Reyes
    Mavericks
    ocean beach , even Santa Cruz is within reach. Cold water, but hey your coming from jersey. Heavy , Large cold surf. Hawaii heavy all winter long but nobody out. Think overhead, double overhead, tripple overhead. they dont call it the wild coast for nothing

    Splitboarding near- Tahoe Shasta lassen and the Eastern Sierra

    Housing cost are off the hook (expensive) but lots of Victorian Homes that need constant restoration

    yep, funky hippie bolinas. Thats it

    Oh yeah,

    edited to add

    STAY THE FUCK OUT OF MONTANA
    😯

    My favorite part of that town is the fact that everytime the county puts up a road sign saying “Bolinas” anything (pop. elevation, direction etc), the locals sneak out in the middle of the night and tear it down.

    I honestly don’t think the full time population there would sustain a construction job though, it’d require a willingness to drive into other parts of Marin and Sonoma counties. I also think (having surfed 3 full winters in the area) that the reason there’s nobody out is the fact that it’s Hawaii heavy without the Hawaii setup. Lots of close out and ridiculous winter wind. When it’s not windy as hell or closed out, it can be socked in with fog so dense you have to paddle out to see if the takeoff spot is working. Something most surfers don’t know about that area? (Shhh!) It’s got extremely high quality summer surf with nothing to obstruct the swells as they come in, mild sunny weather, and a far enough distance away that when the Southerly groundswells finally arrive, they are clean and machine like.

    Lots and lots of sharks though. Bolinas Bay is a known great white breeding ground, and the spot known as Shark Pit is no misnomer.

    I loved my time on the Sonoma coast, but it’s a long road to ho for splitting, Lassen is hours away and Shasta another hour 1/2 beyond. Also Tahoe is kinda far too. Surfing and splitting, while seeming to attract alot of us, are kind of independent pursuits, and if you want to do both in CA you gotta be willing to drive for one or the other.

    Remember, in CA a long drive is far longer than a “long drive” in the NE.

    That said, lets see how much surfing you do if you live in Bozeman 🙂

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