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What mountain place/city would you like to live?

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1. Posted by chimomu (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

I am interested in living places or cities (better) near the mountains like Pyrennes or Alps, in Europe.

Have you lived or visited any of them?, and in which would you like to live?

I am looking for a quite big and happy city (about 50.000 people) with a social happy and cosmopolite atmosphere, with good job opportunities and diversity of services/culture and spare time.

And finally, if that city is quite near the sea it would be fantastic: to can practice winter and summer sports.

Thanks to all and I wait for your answers.

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y about Chamonix in France. Havent been there myself, but my brother loved it. Its one of the best resorts in Europe for skiing apparently. A couple of hours drive and your on the south coast of France.

Plus its very central - you are on the borders of Switzerland and Italy, and a few hours north is Spain.

Alternatively, you could think about Geneva for all the same reasons, plus you could pratice your water sports on Lake Geneva.



3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

Innsbruck, Austria
If u like snowboarding and Skiing check it out.
Nice old town - small and easy to get around.

Good bars and clubs as well.

4. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 11y

West Yellowstone, Montana - Soooo beautiful.

(have not YET been anywhere else, but when I go to Europe, it would probly be somewhere in the Swiss Alps)

5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Some of the greatest Mountain Resorts around. And also the Ocean is a few minutes away.

6. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

Awsome Post Chimo!

Well, I just came off the best winter of my life teaching and learning to guide off piste skiing in Zermatt, Switzerland. I am totally partial and bias, but this is leaps and bounds my favorite place to live in the world.

Its not nearly as big as a Whistler or Tahoe or any of the other mega resorts, but the small amount of hang outs is made up by the great mix of people from all over the world. Tons of Scandanavians, English, Spanish, German and obviously Swiss aswell as a small clan representing Canada and the states.

Incrediable restaurants and the largest lift system in suisse. 4 helicopers to heli-skiing aswell as tons of climbing and since there is a glacier then year round skiing and boarding is also found.

The kicker for scenery is the Matterhorn mountain, it is undescibable in beauty, also the highest gondela in Europe brings one up to about 3800 metres and to one of the most incrediable views of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps. Also able from there to ski down the other side of this range into Italy and the resort of Cervinia, all on the same pass.

paradise found, going back for another season in November.

7. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

oh sorry, more an answer to your question... Brendan is totally right. Filling in all the things you are looking for then hands down. Vancouver, British Columbia is the place for you.

Geneva, Switzerland maybe good, but the Med. Sea is still a good 4 to 5 hours VanCity takes this one.


8. Posted by Sabrina25 (Inactive 3 posts) 11y

The best thing you can is move to switzerland, pretty much every city there is pretty close to the alps...luzern for example is beautiful city, zurich is great too and a lot bigger and also quite close to the alps, it also has a very nice lake next too it. but it is very expensive to live there.

9. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

what about Almeria or Malaga in Spain on the Mediterranean sea - there are some hight mountains with snow

10. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Places that I'd thought of: Mt. Mangere in Auckland, New Zealand. Mt. Fuji in Honshu, Japan. Baguio City, Philippines. I wish to visit the Alps in Switzerland.


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