I moved out to VT last year (and miss CO like MAD!)
BUT that being said, VT is quickly growing on me. The paddling is absolutely wonderful! The skiing, well, how well do you ski ice. (Out here, they call it hardpack. If it is not blue, and you can't read a trail map under 3 ft of it, it is NOT ice.) Winters are tough - a lot harder than CO!
Burlington is a beautiful town. It is like a small Boulder, without the pretentiousness (or FlatIrons). Burlington is not really isolated - it is 3 hours or so from Boston and 2 hours from Montreal (you will need a passport by '07). Burlington nightlife is pretty cool too.
Check out vtpaddlers.net
- you can kind of get a sense of what is happening around here on the rivers. And DEFINITELY visit before you move! I recommend flying into Boston and driving up - gives you a sense of drivetimes and where things are. If you have more specific questions, email me at email@example.com