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1. Posted by jrm347 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

I'm planning on moving to the western U.S. after summertime. I'm looking at either Lake Tahoe area, Colorado, Wyoming, or Idaho for working at a ski resort for a year or two. Any experiences about great towns/places they have lived or visited?

Thanks
Jim

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Its all good! My best friend moved to Lake Tahoe for a couple years and I used to visit him often. Its beautiful theer because you have th eLake and the skiing. And if you like to gamble you have that to do at night.

Vail is probably the best (IMHO) but expensive. Same with Aspen. Colorado is great for skiing, etc.. If it were I, I'd go to either Vail or Aspen. I've skied in Utah also but never been to Wyoming or Idaho.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

My personal favorite places in California and Colorado would be either South Lake Tahoe, California or Breckenridge, Colorado. Both places have ski resorts, and nice towns to live in. Breck especially is less touristy than Vail or Aspen.

4. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

Depends on when you go, though. My brother's fav place in Colorado (he's the skier, not me) is a place called Cooper Hill, not to be confused with Copper Mountain, which is also good. Winter Park is great, and only an hour to an hour and a half out of Denver. None of these places are as expensive as Vail, and Cooper Hill is not as crowded as the others.

A lot of places don't open the slopes until around the end of November (Thanksgiving) or so, so check ahead of time. www.weather.com (the Weather Channel) keeps a list of who's open and what the slopes are like.

5. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

Sorry--read wrong! You're MOVING there. The further you can get away from the front range, the better. My parents are thoroughly convinced that Montrose, CO, is paradise. I'd really check it out. My parents don't get excited about anything, so it must be good.