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Old 02-22-2008   #1
 
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opinions please

Hey guys - I posted once before and got great responses on places to live - I'm an ortho doc looking to move back out west, currently living in Asheville. Looking for cool place to be with good paddling,climbing,skiing, mtn biking - I interviewed at a couple of places, and have it narrowed down based on job avail and other factors to Missoula, Durango, Boise, and Grants Pass, OR. What do y'all think?
Thanks for any input!

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Old 02-22-2008   #2
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we have only room for one or two more people in Durango so you should act quick. yes we have all that you ask for and you didn't ask for shopping or culture so Durango will fit.
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Old 02-22-2008   #3
 
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I'll put in my plug for Boise. It's a bigger town than the others you mentioned, about on par with Asheville if Asheville was the only large town within a six hour drive. Coming from the east coast, I am very satisfied with the skiing, especially this year. You've got Bogus Basin just outside of town, with easy access to three or four other resorts. There is decent backcountry within an hour of town too. Plus, you're in weekend range of the Tetons and Salt Lake. Great mountain biking is available straight out of the North End. There is decent climbing within the Boise city limits with some great climbing (City of Rocks) within weekend range. Boise also has a fairly robust economy, given its isolated location.

As for the paddling, I can't hype the Payettes enough. Good water all summer on class II through V. The play can be epic, and there are a number of play parks in the works, including one outside of downtown Boise. Then there is the North Fork. Come July and August it is the best thing going for hundreds of miles, maybe in the entire west? Come visit this May, the shit will be on. The paddling community here is great, one of the best I have experienced, lots of friendly people of all ability levels who all mingle at the same parking lot (the TO for the NF and SF is also the PI for the Main).

Plus, you'll be able to shoot wolves here in the Fall!
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whatever you do, when you move out, don't get too stoked on skiing in the fall. Take every chance you can get to bike/climb/paddle, because one day you'll come to the harsh realization that skiing is the only thing you'll be doing for a couple months. Maybe that's just me, cause I like biking and paddling a lot more, but yeah. I came out to boulder from asheville, and I definitely regretted not getting as much of that in as I could before the snow came.
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Old 02-22-2008   #5
 
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Bonedoc,
All good places to live. I was born and raised in Grants Pass, so I can give you a LOT of information about that area. The Rogue flows through town, the Wild and Scenic section is 25 miles away, you have the Smith Drainage an hour and fifteen minutes away. Its very easy to find year round kayaking/rafting in the area. I really liked S. Oregon for the ease of being able to get in the mountains. If you would like more specific information, pm me and I'll be happy to provide it. I really like Boise as well, but it feels like its becoming a big city with the traffic. But, I can't say enough about the Payette drainage, its a fun place to hang out. Ive spent time in both Missoula and Durango, but I'll let others comment on those places.
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Traffic? Boise? I admit that Boise is growing like a weed and needs more public transportation, but come on this is Idaho. After moving from DC, I can definately say that Boise does not have a traffic problem. There is traffic on I-84 for maybe an hour to get out to the mall, Nampa, and Caldwell before/after work.

Doc, if you decide to live in Boise proper, traffic will be the least of your concerns. I'm not sure if you're looking for positions with a private practice or at the hospitals, but as long as you don't live in the 'burbs commuting to work is not a problem. I highly recommend the North End and Warm Springs areas for house hunting. You can also find some good deals up on the Bench, but you have to choose your location wisely.
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Well I'm not comparing traffic to DC, SF, LA, or those type of cities. But I've been in and out of boise for 20 years as I spend my summers in Idaho. I agree that in the suburbs you wont have to worry about traffic, but I'm thinking about 82 around the boise/nampa/caldwell area. I am, however, comparing the traffic in Boise to Missoula, GP, and Durango. Yea its Idaho, but I see that area as VERY different in population/traffic etc, compared to the rest of idaho. Just *my* opinion, I'm a country boy who cant even stand traffic, high population density etc...
*shutting up now* and I"ll let you deal with Boise.
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Thanks guys -
I did like Boise, reminded me a bit of Tucson (my hometown) with more stuff to do. Kinda weird scenery, though, on the hills outside of town, not much for trees or vegetation. How are the winters for the most part in Boise - I heard a bunch about inversions and clouds while I was there from some folks.
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If you haven't been to Durango in a while, the town has changed quite a bit since the 90's. The climbing/hiking/skiing/boating are world class, but it's getting more and more like boulder, for all the reasons I don't live in boulder: expensive, cooler than thou attitude, traffic (no joke), overzealous law enforcement... Durango is no longer the worst dressed town in America.

I happened to visit Missoula a few years ago. The boating scene was tight, it's a great town in striking distance of great boating/skiing/etc. I'd give it a look. Man, on the flight into town, there were some inspiring mountain ranges!
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I'll put in my plug for Boise. It's a bigger town than the others you mentioned, about on par with Asheville if Asheville was the only large town within a six hour drive. Coming from the east coast, I am very satisfied with the skiing, especially this year. You've got Bogus Basin just outside of town, with easy access to three or four other resorts. There is decent backcountry within an hour of town too. Plus, you're in weekend range of the Tetons and Salt Lake. Great mountain biking is available straight out of the North End. There is decent climbing within the Boise city limits with some great climbing (City of Rocks) within weekend range. Boise also has a fairly robust economy, given its isolated location.

As for the paddling, I can't hype the Payettes enough. Good water all summer on class II through V. The play can be epic, and there are a number of play parks in the works, including one outside of downtown Boise. Then there is the North Fork. Come July and August it is the best thing going for hundreds of miles, maybe in the entire west? Come visit this May, the shit will be on. The paddling community here is great, one of the best I have experienced, lots of friendly people of all ability levels who all mingle at the same parking lot (the TO for the NF and SF is also the PI for the Main).

Plus, you'll be able to shoot wolves here in the Fall!
Shootin wolves?
I'm there man!!!
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