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Old 12-06-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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Pikes Peak or Bust?

So me and my buddy are looking into relocating for a fresh start. CO is a place we both like, but don't know much about. Any advice on places? I know the big ones and have visited a couple, I liked Denver.

I live/work at a ski resort on the app trail and dig nature, so hiking/camping and obviously wheeling is a plus, but we gotta pay bills first, so a balance would be cool. Boulderish maybe?

Any input is appreciated. Thanks.

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Any places <30 miles from denver that are decent? I grew up in a place that takes deep pockets, I don't enjoy the atmosphere and regulations.
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I would say check out the Frisco and Silverthorne areas. Granted they're about 1.5 hours west of Denver, they're just north of Breckenridge. I don't know how expensive they are, but I have an Uncle that lives near Saxon mountain out there and it's an awesome area IMO. Smaller town with lots of nature nearby.

Where in VA you from? I grew up in chattanooga so I'm familiar with the blue ridge area and then moved to Vienna, Va when my dad was transferred up to Ft. Myer in Arlington. Moved out here to Denver last August and won't be returning to the South
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Lol, thats what my buddy in breckenridge said. Don't worry, I have no desire to be near Fort Colorado Springs, so you're safe.
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I would say check out the Frisco and Silverthorne areas. Granted they're about 1.5 hours west of Denver, they're just north of Breckenridge. I don't know how expensive they are, but I have an Uncle that lives near Saxon mountain out there and it's an awesome area IMO. Smaller town with lots of nature nearby.

Where in VA you from? I grew up in chattanooga so I'm familiar with the blue ridge area and then moved to Vienna, Va when my dad was transferred up to Ft. Myer in Arlington. Moved out here to Denver last August and won't be returning to the South
Grew up in Fulton & Forsyth Co GA, live in Greene now, NE of C'ville.

Thanks, I'll look into those.

Btw, Go Choo Choo!
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Grew up in Fulton & Forsyth Co GA, live in Greene now, NE of C'ville.

Thanks, I'll look into those.

Btw, Go Choo Choo!
Haha haven't heard that in a while. Go Choo Choo!

Is Greene close to Orange or Shenhandoah Natl Park areas? You run Shoe Creek south of Cville? I think it was my favorite VA trail
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Haha haven't heard that in a while. Go Choo Choo!

Is Greene close to Orange or Shenhandoah Natl Park areas? You run Shoe Creek south of Cville? I think it was my favorite VA trail
My mom is from Gallatin and my family has a farm near Dyersburg - I spent a lot of time in TN as a youngster.

In between the two, actually. The Rte 33 Simmons Gap entrance to SNP is at the Greene Co line. Parts of SNP/skyline drive/ap trl are in Greene. Haven't done Shoe Crk yet, but have hiked down that way, towards the swingin bridge on 56.
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My mom is from Gallatin and my family has a farm near Dyersburg - I spent a lot of time in TN as a youngster.

In between the two, actually. The Rte 33 Simmons Gap entrance to SNP is at the Greene Co line. Parts of SNP/skyline drive/ap trl are in Greene. Haven't done Shoe Crk yet, but have hiked down that way, towards the swingin bridge on 56.
Yeah I know where that bridge is. That's a cool area you're from
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If you're looking to live in Summit, the cost of living is high, and the pay is anywhere from very low to good depending on what you do.

I live in Clear Creek county, a place that nobody thinks about, and I love it that way. If work were to change I'm 1/2 hr from summit, 1/2 hr from Grand county, and 1/2 hr from the chity ... that cesspool that smells like people at the bottom of the hill if I absolutely needed to go there for work.

Boulder is great if you like freak left politics... CO springs is great if you like freak RIGHT politics... and if you just don't want any of it... find a little hole in the mountains like I did & go from there.

There are lots of great places, even down in the chity, it's CO... it can only be so bad. If I HAD to choose a city... fort collins.


What do you do for a living (what else can you do aside from resort I mean), and what do you do for chits & giggles?

If you plan to work at the resorts up here, plan to be broke, and plan to work WAY too much to enjoy much else in life, but you'll get to ride/ ski. Working for the resorts up here is a small step from indentured servitude... you're stuck in their trap. I was a ski school clinician when I moved here, and I laughed at the offers I received dollar wise... I gave that up FAST.
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Not interested in politics. Leaving the political coast.

I can (will) do quite a bit, just about anything, but have been in high end sales, auto repair, logistics, forklift operator, truck driver, retail management, and a couple other gigs. I will not sit in a cubicle, other than that it's all good.

I imagine the chity has the most oportunities for employment, although not ideal employment, eh?

If I stayed in prop mngmt it would be very temporary; I am a company owner - I would not do this for someone else, either.

Thanks for the good points.
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I've got 2 buddies in PM around here, and they do well, both have stopped working for others now & just work for themselves now. Scummit is a very ideal place to jump in with both feet into that market, but as you know the challenge is finding the customer base to get you up to speed.


With your skillsets, I feel you're versatile enough that you could find a decent job up here, obviously it's easier down in the chity, but that's a lifestyle choice you've got to make. Driving by bighorns & moose on the way to work... or sitting in traffic.

Some people LOVE the city life, not judging them at all, the ones that are JUST there because of money though... weak. Take a stand for your life & live how you want to.

There are a lot of jobs around here, keep in mind, we get a ton of skitrash coming into town, but not many honestly skilled workers, someone with work ethic & at least SOME skills can succeed around here solidly imo. Will it take a bit more effort than down in the chity... probably, but it's worth it to most I think. If you're not a cubicle guy, I think you'd do fine around here.

If you really are serious about making the move, and Summit is where you choose, keep me in touch. I'm an estimator for a large company up here, and I know a lot of folks... I'm not god, but I MIGHT be able to led a hand, and am always willing to at least see what I can do.
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I was born and raised in Colo. Springs, great place to grow up as a kid when it was 100,000 people. Now it has become the home of the religous right if you're in to that sort of thing. Check our Durango and Grand Junction for the small town feel plus close to Jeep Nirvana (Ouray and Moab).
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Me too. I don't recognize it anymore. Where did you go to high school!
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I was born and raised in Colo. Springs, great place to grow up as a kid when it was 100,000 people. Now it has become the home of the religous right if you're in to that sort of thing. Check our Durango and Grand Junction for the small town feel plus close to Jeep Nirvana (Ouray and Moab).
I agree it has become huge and may have more politics then before. It is by no means a small town, but I disagree that it is as right wing and religious as people make it out to be. It's like we are burning heretics at the stake down here.
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St. Mary's class of 67 same place as my parents graduated
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I agree it has become huge and may have more politics then before. It is by no means a small town, but I disagree that it is as right wing and religious as people make it out to be. It's like we are burning heretics at the stake down here.
Whoa... you guys don't do that at the entrance to GOTG? I thought that's what the town did every sunday afternoon????


I'd say COS is just as political as Boulder... not EVERYONE is hard core one way... but that's the general assumption/ feel to the place.

It's like saying that UT is solely populated with Mormons... yeah, there's a lot, but I know plenty of folks that aren't as well. (but they're still the majority)
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I watched them build Wassen when my parents lived about 2 blocks away and it was an open field. I don't get to CO very often but next time I do lets hook up (didn't have a Wrangler last time I was there - 77 IH Scout)
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I watched them build Wassen when my parents lived about 2 blocks away and it was an open field. I don't get to CO very often but next time I do lets hook up (didn't have a Wrangler last time I was there - 77 IH Scout)
Sounds good. We lived 2 blocks north of Wasson on Summit Drive. My brother still owns the house.
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OP sorry for the thread hijack. Look at it this way though you know the advice we offer about relocation comes from 2 old codgers with many years of knowledge and experience about all things Colorado. Hope we can help when you arrive.
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Old codgers is right... talking about watching them build a school you graduated from in 65... you buggers are OLD

Having been around since the beginning of dirt & such though, I'd sure love to have seen this place back 50 years ago that you guys have experienced, it must have been pretty amazing before the hordes like myself moved here.

Even in the little time (relatively) I've been here it has changed HUGELY.
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If your interested in boulder but not the cost if check out Longmont it's a nice little town with good opertunity for employment but not over priced and close to everything. If u want to b close to Denver I'd check out the metro Denver area like thornton,westminster or broomfield. Theres plenty of places to set up home and the cost of libing ranges fron very low to very high and everything in between and its a bug enough area to find almost any job u could want and it not be far from home metro denver is only 30min away from the city and only a couple hours from the ski resorts. Its not a city but its just big enough to have everything u need and on top of that the geographical area as a whole has no real political direction that i can tell eeveryone jeeps oppinions to them selfs. To me its the safest bet but im a little biased broomfield Thornton Westminster etc. it's only 30 min from Denver and only a couple hours from the resorts. It's a great area with housing ranging from super low wage to super high wage and everything in between. And it's a big enough area u can find almost any job u could imagine and close to home too. That would my call all the way. Not a big city but big enough for anything u could need.
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If your interested in boulder but not the cost if check out Longmont it's a nice little town with good opertunity for employment but not over priced and close to everything. If u want to b close to Denver I'd check out the metro Denver area like thornton,westminster or broomfield. Theres plenty of places to set up home and the cost of libing ranges fron very low to very high and everything in between and its a bug enough area to find almost any job u could want and it not be far from home metro denver is only 30min away from the city and only a couple hours from the ski resorts. Its not a city but its just big enough to have everything u need and on top of that the geographical area as a whole has no real political direction that i can tell eeveryone jeeps oppinions to them selfs. To me its the safest bet but im a little biased broomfield Thornton Westminster etc. it's only 30 min from Denver and only a couple hours from the resorts. It's a great area with housing ranging from super low wage to super high wage and everything in between. And it's a big enough area u can find almost any job u could imagine and close to home too. That would my call all the way. Not a big city but big enough for anything u could need.
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Cool, thanks y'all.

I appreciate the sage ol wisdom that can only come from those who have been around for a bit

I would like to do the mtn middle-o-nowhere deal, but my buddy is more specifically trained in fewer fields, namely digital media (film, cameras, and all that) and communications. With that in mind, I think we'd have to do something more 'burban or chity-fied, which is fine as we both lived in ATL. City life isn't foreign to us at all.

I'll look into them suggestions, thanks again.

Any more opinions out there?

And again, not very interested in Boulder $ spots or CS milsurp $. No offense to either, not my preference of home.
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Well, I live in the mountains, right off the Continental Divide with a half-hour drive to Boulder or Golden, and an hour to Denver or any of the smaller cities around Denver. I currently work at a Best Buy in Northglenn, my electrical skillsets kinda limit me to a job in the city, but I didn't move to Colorado to live in a sub-division! When I moved from Michigan to Colorado, I got a good enough pay raise to be able to afford living in the mountains and commuting to work everyday; my wife and I rent a small cabin for next to nothing that offers all the peace and scenery I could ask for. The extra money and time spent driving to work is worth it to me.

Boulder is close, so we do most of our grocery shopping and stuff like that down there. I'd agree with what most of the other guys said about Boulder; I, personally, couldn't live there, but there are plenty of good jobs down there, and plenty of great mountain homes right above it. The Longmont/Firestone area was also mentioned above as an affordable place to get a home and there are plenty of jobs around there too. Longmont is pretty close in to the mountains as well, so it's a popular place to get a home right now.

Good luck with the whole process, my wife and I moved here from the east about 2 years ago, and haven't looked back once!
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Is an AARP bumper sticker considered a mod?

Seriously though I wouldn't rule out Colo. Springs based on Ft. Carson. CS is really not what I would call a military town. Ft Carson is only a modest player in the overall economy. UC Colo has a campus there and Colorado College is a fine arts college so there are likely good opportunities for digital media type jobs. Many really nice places to live up the canyon and on the back side of Pikes Peak.
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You mention your buddy alot.... should we assume "life partner"?
If that's the case, I would recommend Boulder

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