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  • #601704
    mergs
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    @mtnman wrote:

    I’d recommend a road trip. Check out several spots. Many spots have what you’re looking for, but it would be real ballsy going to some random place you’ve never even visited. Could be one hell of an adventure though!

    definitely! y’all are helping me compile a list now 8)

    i’d list my spots out so far but i want to hear more… keep em coming.

    #601705
    mergs
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    @luca_brasi wrote:

    The last remaining spot in Colorado that hasn’t been overly-commercialized is the Ouray-Silverton-Durango area. Great backcountry, great biking, and Durango is so chill you can hitchike home if you’ve had too much to drink.

    silverton and ouray are def. cool places. driven thru ouray 4 times on my way back and forth to silverton. bonus: ouray would give me an opportunity for ice climbing too, which is something i’ve been meaning to try. must be good mtb there and the road riding over the passes would be epic.

    silverton would be pretty chill for me… but i think the wife would find it a little bit too remote, and the elevation would be tough for her. i think its 9.5 or 10K. i know the top of the billboard at silverton is ~25 feet shy of 13K.

    i really dig the bar where you can buy a plate of raw meat and grill it yo’self. that’s innovative 😉

    i never have made it to durango. but i almost always have too much to drink so I should consider that. 😆

    #601706
    ride_pow
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    @mergs wrote:

    these places are not too far from the US border. 8) perhaps I should consider Northern ID or nw MT? anyone live or know of the areas? (I’ve been to Kalispell and Whitefish but that’s all.)

    Kalispell is my home town. What do you want to know?

    #601707
    mtnrider
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    Sandpoint, ID is killer.

    #601708
    purcelljay
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    Sandpoint is where my brothers boss lives, says it’s pretty cool there too. My bro guides for Ptarmigan tours he’s done it for 7 years there, but the owner just bought it 2 years ago. Don’t know if this is allowed or not but i’ll put it here anyway, ptarmigantours.com

    #601709
    shredgnar
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    I also recommend b-ham washington. Lived there 01-03 and loved it. Hard to find a good job though.

    If I could live anywhere in BC I would.

    I have been considering UT as well.

    #601710
    mergs
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    @ride_pow wrote:

    @mergs wrote:

    these places are not too far from the US border. 8) perhaps I should consider Northern ID or nw MT? anyone live or know of the areas? (I’ve been to Kalispell and Whitefish but that’s all.)

    Kalispell is my home town. What do you want to know?

    hey ride_pow, thanks. are you totally loving it there? here’s my original post, would you say it meets these “needs” 😉 of mine?

    @mergs wrote:

    -great snowboarding, obviously kick ass bc splitting opps. << i only rode big mtn in bounds when I was there

    -good or great mountain biking, as that’s my summer thang.

    -a chill town with soul… it does not need to be super small, could be large town in fact, but it should have a chill vibe and not be full of uptight city-folk with baditudes. i don’t mind a tourist town, per se but i think that most tourist towns would price outside of what i am willing to spend for housing. i’d be trading up a house in NJ for elsewhere so say $300-400K would be my target for a comfy 2-3 br within a short drive of all the goods above.

    -good broadband, as I do computer shtuff and I still need to make a livin. Wink

    Also, if memory serves big mtn area was very nice, but real estate prices have really gone through the roof. transplanting from NJ makes it possible but i def. don’t want a house any more expensive than mine in NJ, so I’d like to keep the new house < $400K, preferably $300K. Is that do-able around Kali or Whitefish? I only flew in and out of Kalispell and unf. I got absolutely no sense of the place so I'd love to hear what you think about your home town.

    #601711
    fustercluck
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    The one “fortunate” thing about being from Jersey is you can get equal value for your house in almost any ski town – even Tahoe if you look hard enough. Looking a bit beyond the ski towns (Reno for example) will always get you more bang for your buck, but will push you a bit farther form the action.

    #601712
    fire and ice
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    I live in missoula, mt. and love it here. There are numerous backcountry options, access can be an issue with some long aproaches, unless you have a sled that is. The town is the slightly larger than kalispel and sports three micro brewreys. Housing is a bit on the high side but still in your range. No problems with internet access. I’m not a mtn biker but would say it is at least good if not better.
    I think Sandpoint and Bozeman would be good options as well.

    #601713
    split.therapy
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    Howdy Mergs, Well, you missed your chance on Jackson Hole. It is losing it’s soul by the day. They put up a 4 story parking structure this summer and have given O.K. for a 4 story hotel for next summer. I guess it’s fine since they fought so hard to pass a measure to NEVER allow anything built higher than 2 stories. The native Jacksonites are moving out in mass. I just moved over the Tetons to Teton Valley, ID. My rent in my place in JH was going to nearly double. It was a SHIT HOLE! It’s awesome over here.Quiet,friendly and the views! I am 10 min. from the top of Teton Pass. Some of the best mtn.biking in the country (my opinion!) is a mile pedal from my front door. Grand Targhee and JHole Mountain Resort are equally about an hours drive away. Grand Teton Natl. Park is just a little further. There are lots of jobs. There are lots of trustafarians. Bring your own girl. Unless your rich! Targhee is working on opening a bike park designed by Gravity Logic from Whistler. The snow sucks. All we have been getting is powder all season so far. 😀 When we don’t have avalanches to think about we have grizzlies, moose, bison, mountain lions and wolves to keep you sharp and paying attention. 😉

    #601714
    jack
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    @split.therapy wrote:

    Bring your own girl.

    😆 😆 😆 😆

    #601715
    loom
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    Unless you want splitboarding opportunities interrupting your life ALL year round, do not move to the pacific northwest… from portland to seattle to b’ham, it’s a real pain in the ass trying to get it off your mind and make your split partners stop calling you.

    #601716
    damn texan
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    bit of a long shot, but..

    I’m graduating from colorado state university here in a few more semesters with a BS in construction management.

    Anybody here work for a construction company? maybe even in bellingham?

    #601717
    roderick250
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    theres a neat little place in between golden and sicamous, few live there, and even fewer know where to go, where there is over 60 feet of the light fluffy stuff that we all seek to no end. that is where i plan on being…..

    #601718
    BigJay
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    You got a great mountain biking scene in Stowe… Waterbury… Mad River Valley… Morrisville… All great options within a short drive…

    Around Jay the trails are great… but still limited compare to what Stowe has to offer… The SMBC and all the locals have really set the bar high! The Fellowship is always hard working too! The Waterbury crew is always out there working on trails… What more can you ask for when it comes to great mountain biking?

    As for the mountains… Great options there also… but not as much “realiable” snow as out west… but still… Northern Vermont is pretty great… Almost everything is close to a road… You don’t have to tour for 2 hours before it starts climbing… And when it snows, it snows! I was out on Big Jay for 2 days before the meltdown… 3-4ft of snow… Really deep stuff… Tight trees… Nothing better!

    I wouldn’t relocate… except to Colorado somewhere along the highway where you can move around easily between the mountain and Fruita!

    #601719
    Splitfire
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    Hmm,for snow and the like i’d say Alaska without a doubt. It’s tough,so fuckin crowded everywhere out west. Idaho and Washington would also work. Also,LaGrave.

    For sun,i’d have to go with Sardinia or Monaco,the Amalfi Coast maybe. Ballin! Definitely a European country b/c the women are just hot and they sunbathe nude. Giggity.

    #601720
    mergs
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    @BigJay wrote:

    You got a great mountain biking scene in Stowe… Waterbury… Mad River Valley… Morrisville… All great options within a short drive…

    Around Jay the trails are great… but still limited compare to what Stowe has to offer… The SMBC and all the locals have really set the bar high! The Fellowship is always hard working too! The Waterbury crew is always out there working on trails… What more can you ask for when it comes to great mountain biking?

    As for the mountains… Great options there also… but not as much “realiable” snow as out west… but still… Northern Vermont is pretty great… Almost everything is close to a road… You don’t have to tour for 2 hours before it starts climbing… And when it snows, it snows! I was out on Big Jay for 2 days before the meltdown… 3-4ft of snow… Really deep stuff… Tight trees… Nothing better!

    I wouldn’t relocate… except to Colorado somewhere along the highway where you can move around easily between the mountain and Fruita!

    BigJay, I hear ya man… just PM’ed ya.

    #601721
    mergs
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    @loom wrote:

    Unless you want splitboarding opportunities interrupting your life ALL year round, do not move to the pacific northwest… from portland to seattle to b’ham, it’s a real pain in the ass trying to get it off your mind and make your split partners stop calling you.

    that’s what I want. my wife and business partner will just have to deal with it. 🙂

    #601722
    mergs
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    Has anyone here moved from the US to Canada? (I checked out the website and although I see links to lots of forms, etc. I can’t get a good impression as to how difficult, complex, time consuming it is to actually move there but remain a US citizen).

    #601723
    TEX
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    Into small towns??

    Bishop California. Take out a map and look at hwy 395 . From Lone PIne to Bridgeport…..if you like mountains, there ya go.

    Funny..on my first trip to Wyoming in the winter a group of us were looking acroos a valley at the Tetons…….being the only Californian in the group someone asked me….

    Bet ya dont have nothing like that in California

    It was then I realized the eastern Sierra is the sticks to the backcountry world, and most people outside of California dont have aclue about whats in this area

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