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Old 02-24-2010   #1
 
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Best Places to live? Paddling, Skiing, Lifestyle

Where have your favorite spots been? Decent cities/towns close to paddling, and hopefully skiing too? I've lived in Salt Lake City, the skiing doesn't get any better, but the paddling leaves much to be desired. Great Mtn biking. I've lived in Boise, which I loved, although the skiing isn't so great. I will soon leave graduate school in Boston - nice city, but I prefer the west, i think - and want some ideas of places to check out.

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Go to Jackson, Wyo. The play-boating is epic, as well as the creeking for most of the summer. Also, the skiing is almost as good as SLC. Almost. Oh yeah, and the Mtn biking is pretty good too. If you can find a gig there, then it is the perfect place. If not, then the other side of the mountain in teton valley idaho is good too.
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Move somewhere where you can ski and boat all year long.... head to the northwest. Oregon, Washington, N. California is where its at. Everywhere else in the west the season only last 2-3 months out of the year
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nobody ever reps for alaska in these discussions, so i'll throw her in the mix. if you ski backcountry, anchorage has the best skiing in the world, three mountain ranges within 1.5 hrs, dawn patrols within the city limits, and the resort averages 700+ inches/year. for mtn biking, well-maintained single track all over town, and tons of trails throughout the state/natl parks. for paddling, three class V creeks within 20 minutes, a bunch more in striking distance for day runs, 20+ hrs of sun at the peak of the season, limitless first D potential, and paddling is good april-october. to be fair, only a couple play runs though, unless you drive a long ways or fly to iliamna. and on top of it all, the state pays you to live there.
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My short list when looking into a similar thing was: Denver, Seattle, Boise, Portland, Sacramento. SLC is classic for just about everything but boating, so it didn't make my list.

Do a search on boatertalk and mountainbuzz and you'll find several past discussions.

I'm in Denver now, and it works well for me.

Big variable will be jobs and the size of the city you need to get a job.

Answer might depend on what difficulty and type of boating you are looking for.
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Some people think Salida Co is nice ....
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throw Durango on the list
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I have to agree about the Pac NW. But you've got to be into urban/metro environments. By your posted profession, it might be a good fit?
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Not to hate on Colorado, but if you are looking to boat this is not the place to live. It's a place you visit in june/july and can ski 7 months out of the year (I actually had a friend who skied every month last year, but aug + sept were not pretty).
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If you want Pac NW, move *near* Seattle. You don't have to live in the city, there are plenty of other options. The city would drive me nuts, so I live 40 min away from Seattle (which is also 10 min to a great put-in, and 20 min to the ski area) If I want warm and sunny- I head over the Mtns (one hour away gets me a 20 degree temp difference).

But then again- I'm a bit biased....
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