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  • #601724
    Splitfire
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    @mergs wrote:

    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).

    Seconded. I’m curious to know. Fergie or Vancouver sound cool. And if we elect another republican fundamentalist i am so gone.

    #601725
    Unruly Baker
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    @Splitfire wrote:

    @mergs wrote:

    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).

    Seconded. I’m curious to know. Fergie or Vancouver sound cool. And if we elect another republican fundamentalist i am so gone.

    Right there with you on the religious wacko repubs.

    I looked into it a while ago, probably 4-5 years ago. It depends on what you are after. If you work in a technical field (engineering, IT, etc…) and want to keep working in that field in Canada it is tough. I had an opportunity to work for fuel cell company in Burnaby. They wanted to hire me, and I had the specialized skills they needed, but in the end it came down to this:

    They would give me the job on a short term basis providing I got a temporary work visa. But every 3-6 months I would have to put an add in the local papers/websites for my own job at my expense, and if a Canadian citizen applied and was qualified, then that person was in and I was out.

    I turned it down and took a killer job in Aspen for 3 years instead. Now I’m in SLC at another great job. 8)

    If you want to just go skibum and sling coffee, bump chairs, clean toilets or some other service industry type job it’s a bit easier. But I didn’t go to school and spend this much of my life working on my career to end up cleaning toilets. I’m not sure if things have changed, but that is what I found.

    UB

    #601726
    SanFrantastico
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    @TEX wrote:

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

    Yeah and if you dig a hole in the Owens Valley it’ll fill up with hot water and naked hippie chicks in about two hours. That’s what JimW told me.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #601727
    TEX
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    That’s what JimW told me.

    And he would know…..after all he is ” The Chief “

    #601728
    jimw
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    @SanFrantastico wrote:

    @TEX wrote:

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

    Yeah and if you dig a hole in the Owens Valley it’ll fill up with hot water and naked hippie chicks in about two hours. That’s what JimW told me.

    Well that’s just been my experience. YMMV.

    More importantly, in my experience the mtb scene is not as great there. You have Mammoth, but conditions there are pretty weird. Now Tahoe, that’s another story. Great snow and mtb, and within driving distance to the eastside.

    All the PNW areas seem like they would be great for both snow/mtb as well… I just can’t get over the rain factor.

    Bend OR is nice too.

    Actually, wait… Santa Cruz!! Great mountain biking, super high cost of living, and you’re only 4 hours from the nearest snow! šŸ™‚

    #601729
    roderick250
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    @Splitfire wrote:

    I’m curious to know. Fergie or Vancouver sound cool. And if we elect another republican fundamentalist i am so gone.

    Fergie is the homewrecker off of the black eyed peas, Fernie is one of the best mountains in Canada, which makes it one of the best in the world.

    #601730
    Splitfire
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    Ha,must’ve had somethin else on my mind. I do that a lot.

    I’d rather be in Fergie though.

    #601731
    TEX
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    Jim. you forgot to mention the Best part of Santa Cruz

    The LightHouse (Steamer Lane) and Pleasure Point

    at duouble overhead and firin

    #601732
    jack
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    @jimw wrote:

    All the PNW areas seem like they would be great for both snow/mtb as well… I just can’t get over the rain factor.

    dude the mountain biking in the PNW is freakin off the hook. so many kids are building trails like crazy everywhere you go. and as you know, north van is where it all began….

    a little known secret is that is barely rains at all from late June until about early September….ok, thats probably more rain than SoCal though…

    #601733
    jimw
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    @jack wrote:

    @jimw wrote:

    All the PNW areas seem like they would be great for both snow/mtb as well… I just can’t get over the rain factor.

    dude the mountain biking in the PNW is freakin off the hook. so many kids are building trails like crazy everywhere you go. and as you know, north van is where it all began….

    I know… I’ve ridden and seen some rad stuff there. Plus it’s so close to Whistler and the other northshore/BC stuff. That’s *almost* enough to make me want to move there… šŸ™‚ North van may be where freeriding began, but NorCal is where mtb began.

    a little known secret is that is barely rains at all from late June until about early September….ok, thats probably more rain than SoCal though…

    I grew up in Seattle. ‘Nuff said.

    BTW Santa Cruz is NorCal. šŸ™‚

    #601734
    jack
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    yeah now that whistler has Garbonzo open, its craziness. unfortunately it kind of priced me out though. a few years ago i used to get seasons passes for the summers for only $200 US, but this season after i moved back up to the PNW one lift ticket cost me $60 US…pretty darn pricey now.

    didn’t realize you were in Santa Cruz, thought you were further south, right on. I had a friend was into mtb in the SLO area, it sounded pretty nice down there.

    back on topic….

    if i could move *anywhere* it would be LaGrave, hands down. that place is so unreal.

    #601735
    Scooby2
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    Have you considered girdwood alaska or living on the periphery of anchorage? Not much sun and sometimes heaps of wind, but a lifetime of places to explore.

    #601736
    mergs
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    @Scooby2 wrote:

    Have you considered girdwood alaska or living on the periphery of anchorage? Not much sun and sometimes heaps of wind, but a lifetime of places to explore.

    yeah… šŸ˜ˆ

    http://www.alaskarealestate.com/Search/Property/PropertyDetail.asp?LNindex=8000558

    man, just imagine that…

    #601737
    InTheMountains
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    @jack wrote:

    a little known secret is that is barely rains at all from late June until about early September….ok, thats probably more rain than SoCal though…

    way ta go…now we’re gonna be inundated with easterners; the ones that held off coming west ’cause it rained so much. After all the good work I did telling everyone I knew in Toronto that it did nothing but rain out here šŸ‘æ
    As we used to say in the ’90’s “Save BC, Go back to Toronto”

    @DentalFlossTycoon wrote:

    North of the border with a hot Canadian wife that likes to surf pow.

    another little known fact: most Canadian women are as “Zsa Zsa” as American women…the ones that hike for turns are worth their weight in gold

    gary

    #601738
    mergs
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    @InTheMountains wrote:

    @jack wrote:

    a little known secret is that is barely rains at all from late June until about early September….ok, thats probably more rain than SoCal though…

    way ta go…now we’re gonna be inundated with easterners; the ones that held off coming west ’cause it rained so much. After all the good work I did telling everyone I knew in Toronto that it did nothing but rain out here šŸ‘æ
    As we used to say in the ’90’s “Save BC, Go back to Toronto”

    @DentalFlossTycoon wrote:

    North of the border with a hot Canadian wife that likes to surf pow.

    another little known fact: most Canadian women are as “Zsa Zsa” as American women…the ones that hike for turns are worth their weight in gold

    gary

    Gary, have no fear. I think I own the only splitboard in NJ. Between the couple of dudes up in VT that post here, and me, that’s about a dozen splitters on the east coast. And the dudes in VT ain’t leaving bc its good, so its just me šŸ™‚ (and I may still move to VT).

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