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Old 10-05-2010   #11
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Look at Boulder, Golden or Ft. Collins for a more urban scene with great paddling and good access for other mtn recreation.

Durango or Glenwood for a large town (D - w/college) feel that has great paddling and access for other mtn recreation.

Buena Vista or Salida for smaller mountain towns with great play parks, long seasons access to creeks, fun boater scene and few women (but you can make it happen).

Also consider Missoula, Boise and the PNW

Lots of great places to choose from, good luck...

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Old 10-05-2010   #12
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I think the economy sucks there right now but Reno, NV is pretty hard to beat. 2 parks, great access to the Sierras. Oh yeah there is a girl or two walking around there as well.

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Old 10-05-2010   #13
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I usually have respect for what Ture has to say on here but that was terrible advice. Kayak now, let the economy improve and then get a "real" job. Detroit! Really! Ski resorts across the country are about to begin hiring...there are typically rivers near mountains. You would be surprised at the great contacts you can make living in resort towns. But YOU have to make it happen! Good Luck!
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California is the place you want to be.
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Old 10-05-2010   #15
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Originally Posted by webby View Post
Import some good looking women from Georgia...Colorado could use some southern bells! There are nice girls in the mountains though you'll have to take your place at the end of the line. Glenwood Springs has yearround boating and always seems busy.
Nope no women, the boating sucks and there is no work

o.k. 2 out of these 3 are true just do what I did.

Pack up your shit and find a spot. If you don't like it find another one,

Rinse, repeat as necessary
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Old 10-05-2010   #16
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Colotucky sounds nice! Is that near Utasee?
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Old 10-05-2010   #17
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As a fellow Marketing guy, I suggest that you get a couple of years under your belt with an agency - PR / Advertising. Always looks good on the resume, because you can put the name of the high-profile brand that you worked with. The pay is shit, but it will help you make connections and get experience. With your desire to stay close to paddling, I'd suggest looking into the Integer Group out of Lakewood (near Golden). Go in there and drop off a resume, join some Marketing Meetups and LinkedIn groups. There are other agencies, of course, but that's a biggie and it's supposed to be a good place to work. Golden has good boating out the door, and is the gateway to most of the mountain boating. Relatively cheap to live there, too. Not compared to Georgia, of course; but relative to Boulder, Durango, etc.
This is GOOD advice. My little brother graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with degrees in marketing and graphic design, he is currently working in Tulsa, OK, getting a couple years of experience under his belt before he tries to come to the front range.

Hope it works out for you.
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Old 10-05-2010   #18
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Colotucky sounds nice! Is that near Utasee?
Nope just alittle down river from where you are grem.
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Old 10-05-2010   #19
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You won't be disappointed living in Boulder. Apply here they have openings

Sterling-Rice Group

Expensive town to live in but it's a fun place.

follow "downtownboulder" on twitter as they post job links on there.

go to Rocky Mountain Internet User Group and subscribe to the jobs news feed to get a feel for tech industry.

Go to - Job Search for Technology Professionals and do a search on colorado and marketing and see how many of those jobs are tied up with the tech industry.

I suggest coming to front range first. Much more opportunities for jobs and allot more leg. Then as you acclimate to living here you can make your move to the mountains more effective. I have several friends who did it that way and they live comfortably in Gleenwood Springs and Summit county and boat,bike and ski there ass off. Don't settle in as a bottom feeder just to live in the mountains.

We can tolerate another slopped jawed UH-GA in town. Hey we just bopped him on the head didn't we?
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Roaring Fork Valley - checkout backbonemedia

and what the hell is a "Vail Valley"? Is there a Vail River I don't know about?

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