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    Moving to CO, need advice on good location

    I am looking into taking a job in Fort Collins, Boulder, or possibly Denver. I enjoy Freeride/North Shore type riding. Nothing crazy, skinnys, drops etc. I've been riding mostly Western WA and BC lately. I am hoping to be close enough to a decent bike park (anything close to Whistler in CO??) within an hour or 2 drive.

    Of those three cities, which would you chose to live in, considering all factors?

    Thanks for the advice!
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    For me, the short answer would be Fort Collins. Realize that housing prices are higher in Boulder than Fort Collins or most parts of Denver. As far as bike parks, Winter Park and Keystone are good, although nothing really compares top Whistler!

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    If you want the best riding out your door - Fort Collins would be my#1, Golden #1 in the Denver Metro. Fort Collins prices are almost 1/2 that of Golden I bet though right now.

    Denver/Boulder area is an hour closer to the Summit County trails if you'll be driving to the freeride park trails or if you like to ski a lot. Fort Collins really doesn't have any big hit type of stuff, but if you want to put less than 2,000 miles on a vehicle a year then Fort Collins is the place. Everything Denver has you might possibly need in town is less than a 3 mile drive (unless you like to shop at Nordstroms- the one shop my wife misses) unless you live outside of town.
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    Boulder = college kids
    Denver = big city
    Golden = small town next to big city-but doesn't feel like a suburb
    Fort Collins = not sure, my only friends up there are in college

    You really can't go wrong. Resorts...Keystone, Vail, Winter Park, Sol Vista. All less than 2 hours.

    And for everyone else, how many of these threads do you think we'll get this year? I believe its been 4 in two weeks already.
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    Maybe if people used the search function and people stopped answering the same questions in every thread there'd be less of them. Since there's really not a whole bunch of action it doesn't clutter the forum that bad and they're easy to ignore.

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    Brush has some KILLER freeride & Northshore type riding.

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    Why not move to Vancouver? Why come here?

    Fort collins doesn't offer the Freeride / DH scene as much as the I-70 corridor would.

    Please search through the forum and inquire about the same question... Its been asked a million times already.

    Golden is where I park, but it is pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concretejungle
    Maybe if people used the search function and people stopped answering the same questions in every thread there'd be less of them.
    Yeah, but I respond out of boredom. And I hope it gets side tracked into an entertaining discussion. Lately we've been ripping on Texans, how about people from the East Coast?
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    Perhaps we should make a sticky: Moving to colorado, here's your answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Perhaps we should make a sticky: Moving to colorado, here's your answer.
    How about "Don't move here, its full of Texans".

    This Texan at my work, who picked up snowboarding when she moved here last year, jumped into a conversation about a weekend trip to Jackson Hole, and she started telling us about how cold her forehead got the previous weekend. We both kinda laughed, she didn't get it. A Texan who butted her way into a conversation telling us about the gap in between her hat and goggles You can't make this sh!t up!

    Really though, the sticky is a great idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Perhaps we should make a sticky: Moving to colorado, here's your answer.
    Only if it makes it clear that we're full and there is a strict one in one out policy. Two out one in for Texans and Californians.

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    What the @### is it with Front Range colorado? Jeezuz people, move somewhere the biking is better! I'd live in Grand Junction if I could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdhfreethought
    I am looking into taking a job in Fort Collins, Boulder, or possibly Denver. I enjoy Freeride/North Shore type riding. Nothing crazy, skinnys, drops etc. I've been riding mostly Western WA and BC lately. I am hoping to be close enough to a decent bike park (anything close to Whistler in CO??) within an hour or 2 drive.

    Of those three cities, which would you chose to live in, considering all factors?

    Thanks for the advice!
    Seriously, stay where you're at. You'll be dissappointed at how the anal's of the biking world do magical work on 'anti DH / FR'. Its sad really, but the XCer's seem to rule the nest around here, along with government and landowners that fear lawsuits.

    We have a few bike parks, Keystone, Winter Park, Sol Vista that are fun.... but NOTHING like Wistler what so ever.

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    Hold on...IE is talking people out of moving here?


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    Golden sucks. Don't move here.

    I'm paving the way Athalliah, I think I owe you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Golden sucks. Don't move here.

    I'm paving the way Athalliah, I think I owe you.
    Yeah, go to Phoenix.

    Fact of life folks. Everyone is going to have to get used to this state growing. I don't know if anyone caught the news last night, but Charles Schwab is adding 500 tech jobs to the Metro area with a $75,000 average salary.

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    75K buck chuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    75K buck chuck.

    not to be mstaken for chuck n' buck

    Yes, but that is the median. So there'e 248 positions that pay more, I guess. I was never that good in statistics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers
    I was never that good in statistics.
    Stats is easy. Pick the number you want to represent your findings and manipulate the data until reflects the desired result.

    ps...average is your mean, not the median.

    median= number in the middle, eg: 1,2,3,4,5; the number in the middle is 3.

    mean (or average) = 1+2+3+4+5=15/ total number of values (5) = 3

    Okay, bad example, as the median=mean

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    Yeah, I saw the other posts. Job openings are quite specific, hence why I listed the 3 places (rather Boulder than Denver). Hence, different and much more specific than the other posts.

    About the flames, it doesn't bother me.

    "Why not move to Van": I am thinking about Vancouver as well, but it would require me to change several things in my job, not the least of which is licensing in another country. Its so damn wet all the time here, moss grows like a carpet on the sidewalks and the sides of buildings. A friend said he counted 100 days straight without blue sky...Plus, I would have to start playing hockey, and likely lose a few teeth. Thats not so good for picking up chicks, though who knows maybe in Canada a toothless grin is sexy?

    Oh, and I agree F^%$ the Texans!
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    Quote Originally Posted by concretejungle
    Only if it makes it clear that we're full and there is a strict one in one out policy. Two out one in for Texans and Californians.

    Don't mind them they just don't understand Us TEXANS . I had someone come in to my store the other day from Palm Springs CA and man she was a joke and had no clue. They just moved here a week ago and they cant find alot of winter clothes in the mall.I was like DUH the stores are starting to get spring stuff. ( I was saying in my head your to dumb to understand and need to go the F back to CA. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by athalliah
    Stats is easy. Pick the number you want to represent your findings and manipulate the data until reflects the desired result.

    ps...average is your mean, not the median.

    median= number in the middle, eg: 1,2,3,4,5; the number in the middle is 3.

    mean (or average) = 1+2+3+4+5=15/ total number of values (5) = 3

    Okay, bad example, as the median=mean



    When I used to work for the NJ Dept of Ed, they would give us a list of numbers and tell us find the mean, median, max, etc. I would just write a SAS procedure and it would do it.

    .proc mean 12,34, 233, 23, 22, 233;

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    Quote Originally Posted by concretejungle
    Only if it makes it clear that we're full and there is a strict one in one out policy. Two out one in for Texans and Californians.

    DONE! OK, this is gonna live at the top for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2melow
    DONE! OK, this is gonna live at the top for a while.

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    FR is XC

    You've really got to go to the ski areas dude, and now its ski?board time, not FR/DH time. The front range is an XC type place. Its called the Front Range, not the North Shore.

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    Get over it.

    Quote Originally Posted by concretejungle
    Maybe if people used the search function and people stopped answering the same questions in every thread there'd be less of them. Since there's really not a whole bunch of action it doesn't clutter the forum that bad and they're easy to ignore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    Don't mind them they just don't understand Us TEXANS . I had someone come in to my store the other day from Palm Springs CA and man she was a joke and had no clue. They just moved here a week ago and they cant find alot of winter clothes in the mall.I was like DUH the stores are starting to get spring stuff. ( I was saying in my head your to dumb to understand and need to go the F back to CA. )

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    My wife works part time at REI and she gets people all the time who come here for vacation and try to buy what they need for a trip in the mountains right there.

    Going on a ski vacation in the Rockies and you're buying a coat, pants, hat, etc the day before?

    To keep this worthy of the sticky...if you're moving from the south make sure to buy winter clothes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    To keep this worthy of the sticky...if you're moving from the south make sure to buy winter clothes!
    I've lived in this general area of the country my whole life so I might be talking out my a$$ but to be fair, I'm assuming its hard to find places that sell ski gear in most warm places

    (Although it did blow my mind seeing a ski shop sign off the 101 just south of San Fran)

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    There's always a couple of shops in really big towns. I picked up a $600 board in Dallas in July for $225! A closeout from the year before. They sold all high end stuff. Most people don't want to fly or drive out and spend a day getting boots fitted and whatnot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitek79
    There's always a couple of shops in really big towns. I picked up a $600 board in Dallas in July for $225! A closeout from the year before. They sold all high end stuff. Most people don't want to fly or drive out and spend a day getting boots fitted and whatnot.
    Crazy, good to know.

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    1st choice, Golden (Denver). Fastest access to high country riding (nothing like Whistler). Best access to Front Range trails and all the amenities you might want in a metro area.

    2nd choice, Ft. Collins. College town, great beer, good bike scene. Kind of far away from the I-70 corridor.

    Dead last, Boulder. This is an attractive choice on the surface (new crop of college girls every fall), but if you look a little closer, it's a city full of d-bag's. Aging hippies, psudo eco freaks and socialist elites. They claim to be the "epicenter of biking in the US", but that only applies to roadies. There's no quality trails in Boulder. You have to drive to Lyons, Golden, Nederland or beyond to find a decent trail. On top of that, the Boulder valley is smoggier than both Denver and Ft. Collins. Stay away from this town!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    My wife works part time at REI and she gets people all the time who come here for vacation and try to buy what they need for a trip in the mountains right there.

    Going on a ski vacation in the Rockies and you're buying a coat, pants, hat, etc the day before?

    To keep this worthy of the sticky...if you're moving from the south make sure to buy winter clothes!
    What REI? I used to work at the one in Boulder.

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    Move to Moab Utah !?!

    I know it's a stretch but - since you are asking for advice on where to move & ride - and since advice comes from experience - I suggest you stuff your job ideas into the blender and consider a complete change .... for instance, I have a home in Moab - which has been a B & B for ten years - on some Oh-so-beautiful- property ... which is for sale ..... ! It is very special, with a rare, pure, artesian spring and giant shade trees (just to mention a giant house w/ swimming pool).

    I have been there twenty-five years so, .... I need a change ! Moab Is quiet, no traff*ck, low crime, pure air, and every opportunity for a creative thinker; how about a school of cycling!

    Check it out .... <www.pioneerspring.com/video.html>

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    aw hell, I KNOW I'm going to get shredded for posting my place as a suggestion for where to live ....

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    What's are some differences between Fort Collins and Loveland? I have business interests in western Nebraska that I may need to relocate to be closer to, but I don't want to live there.

    The northern end of the I25 corridor would work for me, and I've already seen the recommendations for Fort Collins, but is there anywhere else of note in the vicinity?

    It can be pretty rural, and I don't need any DH trails. Just easy access to dirt miles.

    BTW, I've already looked at the I80 corridor (Laramie, Cheyenne) driving back and forth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itswitz
    aw hell, I KNOW I'm going to get shredded for posting my place as a suggestion for where to live ....
    Never! Not in this forum. They don't want any immigration to their precious state anyway, even if it means a doc to take care of their little kids, lol!

    I have thought about Moab. Funny you suggest that, since I will be there for the first time (on a bike) next week. Reasons not to move to Moab...higher education. I pretty much want to be near a major University, might get a second doctorate someday.

    And don't worry about the thread hijack, as the OP, I hereby grant you immunity from any and all flames
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    Oh hell, y'all be shocked if you see me (knowing what I am just about to say) but I spent many a college weekend in Oklahoma listening to A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, among others. Not sure what that has to do with this thread (maybe the Texas reference)but anyway, I think I'll be moving to the Ken Caryl Valley. That is another really nice area to live in.

    I have been looking for a while and I think if you want to be close to riding yet not too far out, Golden, Morrison, Ken Caryl, and Lakewood, are the only places to be. If all goes well, I'll be out of Highlands Ranch before long. Here's to a sweet 2009 riding season!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdhfreethought
    a major University, might get a second doctorate someday.
    So that's the bait question, what would you're first doctorate be in? Me, I'm more of a physics guy, mechanical engineering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.welby
    What's are some differences between Fort Collins and Loveland? I have business interests in western Nebraska that I may need to relocate to be closer to, but I don't want to live there.

    The northern end of the I25 corridor would work for me, and I've already seen the recommendations for Fort Collins, but is there anywhere else of note in the vicinity?

    It can be pretty rural, and I don't need any DH trails. Just easy access to dirt miles.

    BTW, I've already looked at the I80 corridor (Laramie, Cheyenne) driving back and forth.

    Loveland:
    Smaller town, geographically and population wise. Real estate prices are a bit less. Big art community.

    Fort Collins: Bigger. College town. Hi tech employers. Higher housing costs.

    Riding is good from both, but riding from your door is easier when you live on the west side of either town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak

    Loveland:
    Smaller town, geographically and population wise. Real estate prices are a bit less. Big art community.

    Fort Collins: Bigger. College town. Hi tech employers. Higher housing costs.

    Riding is good from both, but riding from your door is easier when you live on the west side of either town.
    I'd agree with Loveland and would add Bellvue or LaPorte. Both are on the north side of Fort Collins and have easy access to the great trails up the Poudre Canyon or Red Feather Lakes. They are also an hour's drive from Laramie, WY with Happy Jack, Vedauwoo, and that whole area. Winter Park is great for downhill but a drive is a drive is a drive.... It isn't Whistler.

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    what about aurora? i know it's on the "wrong" side of denver. nice area or is it like any other town that has it's nice parts and it's not so nice parts? seems to be more affordable, but not too much of a fan of it being 25+ miles away from the FR.
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    I like Arvada...64 miles from Winter Park I would say Golden, Arvada, and Western Lakewood. They all put you in good posistion for some good riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wankel7
    I like Arvada...64 miles from Winter Park I would say Golden, Arvada, and Western Lakewood. They all put you in good posistion for some good riding.
    Add SW Littleton and Roxborough to that mix. Great riding near.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Z
    what about aurora? i know it's on the "wrong" side of denver. nice area or is it like any other town that has it's nice parts and it's not so nice parts? seems to be more affordable, but not too much of a fan of it being 25+ miles away from the FR.
    I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Z
    what about aurora? i know it's on the "wrong" side of denver. nice area or is it like any other town that has it's nice parts and it's not so nice parts? seems to be more affordable, but not too much of a fan of it being 25+ miles away from the FR.
    Besides 90% of all murders on the news happening in Aurora...

    You also have to drive through or around downtown to get to the foothills, which would be a major pain in the buttocks for after work rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Add SW Littleton and Roxborough to that mix. Great riding near.
    Good point on those locations...

    And the SE corner of 470/285 is a good spot.

    Any of the areas we mentioned are great. As long as you are a mile or so within 70,76, or 6. You can get on the highway and be riding in no time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    Besides 90% of all murders on the news happening in Aurora...

    You also have to drive through or around downtown to get to the foothills, which would be a major pain in the buttocks for after work rides.
    enough said! thanks!
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    I live at the SE corner of 470/285 and love it. Very close to some good trails, and snowboarding is really close as well. Traffic is minimal compared to further east.

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    I almost ended up down there...some good values on homes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitek79
    I live at the SE corner of 470/285 and love it. Very close to some good trails, and snowboarding is really close as well. Traffic is minimal compared to further east.
    I'm near 285 and Sheridan, still in the city of Denver. Its really easy to hop on 285 to 470 and get to the foothills. I can be at anything from Deer Creek to Evergreen to Apex in less than 30 minutes.
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    You are gonna give up something depending on where you live:

    For ability to straight up go for a ride whenever you want:
    1. Colorado Springs
    2. Golden
    3. Fort Collins
    4. Denver

    For finding a mate/stuff to do:
    1. Denver - People and variety of stuff to do. Trails are further away.
    2. Fort Collins - Seems to be a pretty good scene. (Music and otherwise)
    3. Boulder - Yes, hot people. A lack of anything else to do.
    4. Colorado Springs - A severe lack of babes.

    I live in Denver and therefore don't get to ride as much as my friends in Golden and Colorado Springs. But, I do get to do fun stuff that isn't MTN riding more often than they do. Let us know what you decide.
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    Dead last, Boulder. Stay away from this town!
    Yes, do not move to Boulder.

    Unless you're female, single, 30+, and hot.

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    So what about Grand Junction?

    I really enjoyed my time in Moab. Granted, I wasnt there when the average temp was crazy. I see the average temp in July for GJ is 96 degrees. That's pretty toasty. It's a bit of a small town (though its the largest on the West front), anything else to do besides Hike/bike/ski? Not that anyone needs more than that, hehe.
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    Serious answer re Boulder. It doesn't have much great riding from town, Golden or Ft. Collins are definitely better, but it has a lot of other stuff going for it. If you like to take the pooch for a hike, it blows doors off the other places. It is one of the most bike friendly towns around, with a huge network of bike paths and bike lanes; I can bike 3 miles to work on my cruiser with 95% of the ride on paths, and crossing 4 streets total (2 in the first quarter mile and 2 in the last quarter mile). Awesome road riding if you're into that kind of thing (I'm not). Some excellent restaurants.

    Definitely has a higher concentration of entitled yuppies, weird eco-new age freaks, and college students, but it's not that hard to ignore them.

    If having the best mt biking from your door is the single and only consideration, it is dead last of the choices given. But there's a reason property is more expensive here (ie there are very good reasons to live here).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandbagger
    <snip> But there's a reason property is more expensive here
    Yes - it's mainly due to growth restrictions implemented by the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Yes - it's mainly due to growth restrictions implemented by the city.
    Why am I not surprised that you would say this?

    But if you think that growth restrictions are the reason for high property values, you're really lacking some fundamental understanding of property values. I'm not saying growth restrictions haven't contributed to the high values, but they're hardly the primary reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandbagger
    Why am I not surprised that you would say this?

    But if you think that growth restrictions are the reason for high property values, you're really lacking some fundamental understanding of property values. I'm not saying growth restrictions haven't contributed to the high values, but they're hardly the primary reason.
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    Golden based on your criteria. Colorado is not BC but it does have a decent freeride/dirt jump community. To figure it out make friends with the guys at Mojo's, The Fix, and Green Mt. Sports. Lots of obvious, not so obvious, and double-top-secret freeride stuff in CO.

    From Golden you are 15 minutes from several trail heads and 1 -1.5 hours from Keystone, Winter Park, and Sol Vista for lift access. Grand Junction/Fruita is 4 hours away and has some great freeride action. 20 minutes to Devner, 30 minutes to Boulder, 1 hour to Colorado Springs, 1.5 hours to Pueblo, 1.5 hours to Fort Collins (x2 during rush hour), 5 hours to Angel Fire, 6 hours to Moab, 8 hours to SLC, 11 hours to Boulder City, NV, .....

    Lakewood, Arvada, or Littleton would be good compromise between Denver and Golden.

    Denver would only add another 20 minutes to your travel time heading west. Lots to do in Denver.

    Nothing against C. Springs and Ft. Collins but it does add 1.5-3 hours if you are traveling to the mountains or the western slope to get your freeride on.

    Boulder = 20 square miles surrounded by reality!

    Grand Junction is nice but small, blue collar, and pretty far from the big city - not much night life.

    Aurora is not the ghetto but it is to far from the action. If Aurora was in Chicago, Detroit, or Cleveland it would be called a suburb. The crack/meth neighborhoods North of Denver, 6th & Federal, and East Colfax are a different story.

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    Boulder = trust- a -farian's
    Denver= look to the right you're in Nebraska, look to the left and you can see colorado in the horizon

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    Why do they all keep telling us that Texas used to be it's own country???

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    Rockin1234 that was a pretty inane post, sounds like a self hating Texan wrote it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockin1234
    Why do they all keep telling us that Texas used to be it's own country???

    Not sure why. Not sure why they mention seceding from the union either.

    Especially since they get federal moneys for hurricanes and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    Not sure why. Not sure why they mention succeeding from the union either.


    Seceding from the union was unsuccessful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rockin1234
    Boulder = trust- a -farian's
    Denver= look to the right you're in Nebraska, look to the left and you can see colorado in the horizon

    Texans
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    Fat tire......Not FLAT TIRE
    -You know why you can't get a good BJ in texas??? all the c*cksuckers are here(colorado)
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    Why do they all keep telling us that Texas used to be it's own country???

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    Dude, were you drunk when posted this?

    I enjoyed my time in Dallas. Really good mountain biking...well no mountains but fast, fun, single track in the trees.

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    background of the post is having to work the service industry in a mountain town where texans vacation, that's where the love comes from....

    and i apologize.....thanks to the people who sent me messages reminding me of my favorite:

    Jeans = Texas Gore-Tex



    In Breck, we even have texas appreciation day - we call it gaper day(youtube it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockin1234
    Jeans = Texas Gore-Tex
    That's a good one, haven't heard it before!

    I suppose if you live up there and work for a resort you could get jaded, that's what I meant by your post. I have 2 friends who have CDLs up there and they laugh at Texans but aren't that angry.

    I searched "Texas tuck skis" and found this...http://www.skinet.com/action/2009-04...deos-uniformed

    Its a whole page of this type of crap.
    You have just been mentally Rick Roll'd. Yup you're thinking about it right now aren't you? Don't fight it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    I searched "Texas tuck skis" and found this...http://www.skinet.com/action/2009-04...deos-uniformed

    Its a whole page of this type of crap.
    As someone who recently moved from the midwest I thank you for the link. Very funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockin1234
    background of the post is having to work the service industry in a mountain town where texans vacation, that's where the love comes from....

    and i apologize.....thanks to the people who sent me messages reminding me of my favorite:

    Jeans = Texas Gore-Tex



    In Breck, we even have texas appreciation day - we call it gaper day(youtube it)

    What's even funny is that he is not even a Colorado native What a Joke..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    What's even funny is that he is not even a Colorado native What a Joke..
    Say what?!?

    You have to be a native to make fun of Texans?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Say what?!?

    You have to be a native to make fun of Texans?

    Ummmmm YES , ALL i hear here is the natives talk crap about People from TX and CA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    Ummmmm YES , ALL i hear here is the natives talk crap about People from TX and CA.
    Ta hell with that! I'm not native and I shall CONTINUE to make fun of Texans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Ta hell with that! I'm not native and I shall CONTINUE to make fun of Texans.
    2nd that, like CO natives are the ONLY PEOPLE EVER to notice skiing in jeans with Starter jackets look lame.
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    hey, guys! how is westminster as a place to live? i know it's very close to denver- is it more of city living or suburban living? thanks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Z
    hey, guys! how is westminster as a place to live? i know it's very close to denver- is it more of city living or suburban living? thanks!!
    For the most part, Westminster is "older" suburbia. Not a terrible place, you'll get more house for the dollar, there are pockets of "questionable" neighborhoods, but just like any big suburban town, there's a big mix depending upon which side of the train tracks you settle on (literally).

    If you are looking to be close to the hills, it's not that close. Well, about as close as Denver since it lies slightly northeast of Denver central. I live in Golden and work in Westminster. It's a 20 minute (15 if I'm heavy on the gas) drive between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Z
    hey, guys! how is westminster as a place to live? i know it's very close to denver- is it more of city living or suburban living? thanks!!
    It's totally, absolutely, 100% suburban living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers
    For the most part, Westminster is "older" suburbia. Not a terrible place, you'll get more house for the dollar, there are pockets of "questionable" neighborhoods, but just like any big suburban town, there's a big mix depending upon which side of the train tracks you settle on (literally).

    If you are looking to be close to the hills, it's not that close. Well, about as close as Denver since it lies slightly northeast of Denver central. I live in Golden and work in Westminster. It's a 20 minute (15 if I'm heavy on the gas) drive between the two.
    i did notice my $ going a bit farther for a house in westminster. good to know it's not terribly far from golden. do you run into regular traffic? i'm heading to co on a trip in mid-may and part of it is looking through various cities, neighborhoods. thanks for your input!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Z
    i did notice my $ going a bit farther for a house in westminster. good to know it's not terribly far from golden. do you run into regular traffic? i'm heading to co on a trip in mid-may and part of it is looking through various cities, neighborhoods. thanks for your input!
    If you're looking to stretch your $ AND be closer to the mountains check Lakewood (concentrate on the west side) and west/SW Littleton as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    If you're looking to stretch your $ AND be closer to the mountains check Lakewood (concentrate on the west side) and west/SW Littleton as well.
    very good to know. thanks, man! we're staying at a hampton inn in lakewood on our trip for a couple days so it will be nice to check that out.
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    You may want to check out Arvada. Westminster's sister. Closer to 70 and Golden than Westy. Plenty of options regarding price range of houses and locations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    Don't mind them they just don't understand Us TEXANS . I had someone come in to my store the other day from Palm Springs CA and man she was a joke and had no clue. They just moved here a week ago and they cant find alot of winter clothes in the mall.I was like DUH the stores are starting to get spring stuff. ( I was saying in my head your to dumb to understand and need to go the F back to CA. )
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    Ummmmm YES , ALL i hear here is the natives talk crap about People from TX and CA.

    you're well on your way to getting your native badge...
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    Definitely Check Lakewood, Golden, and West Littleton for riding and living. Lakewood probably has the best cost of living for the area, meaning it is less dicey than Arvada but costs less than West Littleton.

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    Golden Heights!!!

    Is the place to be for cheaper housing and sweet access. We are the southern edge of Golden city limits in more ways than one!!! I am on single track in about 3 minutes from my front door and can link up most of the eastern open space parks as well, with no driving. The houses are right around 200K and the views are sweet as well. Golden Heights, the place to be for cheap mountain/urban living!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Virgil
    Definitely Check Lakewood, Golden, and West Littleton for riding and living. Lakewood probably has the best cost of living for the area, meaning it is less dicey than Arvada but costs less than West Littleton.

    My .02
    How is Arvada dicey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    Ummmmm YES , ALL i hear here is the natives talk crap about People from TX and CA.


    And you probably talk crap the entire time your "native" self sits on I-70 waiting to actually get up the mountains.

    Denver vs Nebraska- not really sure what the difference is? Other than in Denver, if you look west, off in the distance you can see Colorado If you look east, it's the same view as in Nebraska

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    I wish I could muster 10% out of those bastards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mt.Biker E
    DOH! Didn't see the sticky.
    Been thinking Fort Colins/Loveland area.
    Good riding in that area? What type of riding?
    Or Golden area. Think i need to take a trip or 2.
    Ft Collins has plenty of XC as does Denver/Golden area. Golden is going to have much faster access to the mounts via I-70 though. So if you plan on camping/DH/summit county XC/ ski or boarding its going to save you an hour drive each way.
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    DOH! Didn't see the sticky.
    Been thinking Fort Colins/Loveland area.
    Good riding in that area? What type of riding?
    Or Golden area. Think i need to take a trip or 2.

    So the wifey wants a little bit warmer summers & winters compared. Any areas better than others.
    What are the temps like for the most part?
    Me i like colder rather than hotter but i'm irish & get sun sick easy, so thats why i like Loveland area.
    She likes the fricken dessert.
    Any places a compromise?
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    I'm in the same boat, moving from Idaho to Colorado. I've checked out Evergreen, looks insane with great trails and close enough to the city. Any opinions?

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    I love it here in Evergreen. Moved from Kansas City last year and the weather is definitely better. Winters are warmer, summers cooler.

    I moved from a subdivision to a mountain home, funny how I now live further away from people but get together with friends more often.

    Lots of trails close to the house. Also only 35 minutes from Buffalo Creek, 45 minutes from Kenosha Pass. Love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by rungmonkey
    I love it here in Evergreen. Moved from Kansas City last year and the weather is definitely better. Winters are warmer, summers cooler.

    I moved from a subdivision to a mountain home, funny how I now live further away from people but get together with friends more often.

    Lots of trails close to the house. Also only 35 minutes from Buffalo Creek, 45 minutes from Kenosha Pass. Love it
    Hey Joe!
    I was up in Evergreen yesterday for my son's baseball game, then took a family hike for Father's Day in your neck of the woods at Cub Creek. 1st time there, it was really nice.
    Driving back through some of the neighborhoods, it got me thinking - it is REALLY NICE up there!
    What's the commute time to downtown (I70 and Federal actually) from up around in there?
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    No idea. I work at home and travel to Alaska and the west coast.

    Are you going to make it to 3 Sisters on Thursday?

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    I am planning on being there.
    See you there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy!
    I am planning on being there.
    See you there?
    I am planning on it.

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    Ex-Kansas City here as well. I really like Evergreen but the commute to DTC would be hellish. I have now been in the Ken Caryl valleyfor a few months and I could not have made a better decision. DTC is 30-40 mins away depending on traffic and of course, the riding from my front door never get old.

    There are no crowds, hills/mountains everywhere, and it is so peaceful here. Oh, and no trashy streets/neighborhoods in the area. If you have dogs and walk them every day, this place is great for that- miles of trails/paths and no traffic to dodge. I owe part of this to SkaredShtles- he once mentioned this area to me. I didn't think I could afford it but back in March/April, the fear factor was high and I scored a great deal. We would look everywhere, drive through here on the way home, and be hooked all over again.

    We primarily looked in Highlands Ranch, Centennial, Lakewood, west Littleton, and a bit of Golden. If I worked from home, I'd probably still live here...or in Evergreen. Evergreen is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockin1234
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    Why do they all keep telling us that Texas used to be it's own country???

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    Sorry for jumping into this conversation late but this is something I've always been thinking about. So say I say "I don't care about my career anyway, F it." and move to Crested Butte or Steamboat Springs or something (note: I'm not from CA or TX), knowing that I'm going to be waiting tables or serving drinks or running lifts, how do you survive? With homes in resort areas costing millions of dollars, can you even live in a closet for less than $1000 per month? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glorth2
    Sorry for jumping into this conversation late but this is something I've always been thinking about. So say I say "I don't care about my career anyway, F it." and move to Crested Butte or Steamboat Springs or something (note: I'm not from CA or TX), knowing that I'm going to be waiting tables or serving drinks or running lifts, how do you survive? With homes in resort areas costing millions of dollars, can you even live in a closet for less than $1000 per month? Thanks.
    Where there is a will, there is a way. My wife and I moved to Summit County the day after we were married and rented a 450sf studio over someone's garage for our first 2+ years of marriage. Moved there with no jobs and didn't know anyone. We found work pretty quickly and stuck to it. Stayed 7 years and by the time we left, we had a nearly new home on a mountainside with views (on which we doubled our money in the two years we owned it). A friend and his wife bought a small 1 bedroom condo with a loft, and rented out the loft to help pay the bills. They eventually built a home, lived in it a few years, and sold at a profit, too.

    I was looking last night at 1 bedroom condos (and a couple of really small 2 bedroom units) in Summit County for about $160k. By putting about 3.5% down at 6% interest on a 30 year note, your monthly outlay would be in the $1500 range for debt service, association dues, taxes, insurance and utilities. Get a roomate to pay half the bills, and $750/mo doesn't seem too bad for owning property in an appreciating area.

    A few tips:

    1. Live in nearby "bedroom communities" and commute. (Leadville, Kremmling, Georgetown for Keystone / Copper; Alma, Blue River for Breck; Gunnison for CB; Edwards for Vail; etc.)

    2. Get roomates

    3. Work multiple jobs (waiting tables, serving drinks and running lifts)

    4. Get used to smaller living spaces (a closet may be sufficient since you are not home much anyway, between playing outdoors and working a bunch)

    5. Don't buy new ski and bike equipment. Someone is always looking to sell their nearly new stuff cheap, for beer money or rent, because they would rather play than work.

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    Evergreen and Conifer are great places to live. If you work down in Denver, the commute really isn't bad...its worth it when you get home and there are 30 elk standing in your yard. Great access to incredible mountain biking and a lifetime of other outdoor rec opportunities. If Evergreen, hop on I 70 and your down to Denver in 20-30 mins (if traffic moves). If Conifer, take 285 straight down in the same time. These are the best options if your hitched...if single, stay down in town, find a girl, then move up to the foothills.

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    I'm starting to think that Clear Creek counties or Douglas County would be a FINE alternative to Jefferson County and their apparent lack of consideration for mountain biking.

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    hey, guys. hope all is well in co. what can you tell me about the littleton area? even though we aren't making the move for a couple years (as my wife finishes her masters and gets some teaching experience in IL), we're starting to look at various areas to at least get ideas.

    i see littleton is within 470 and then some neighborhoods south of 470- like south of chatfield state park. there seems to be newer houses down there and prices are more affordable compared to closer to denver- especially between denver and the FR. is that because its so far from the city? looks like it is still close to the FR, but not sure what's down in that area outdoors-wise. it seems a decent way from golden and that area, but not sure how important that is. i know it would be nice to get to 70 easily.

    i know a lot of this depends on where my wife gets a teaching gig- i'm hoping to trasfer out there and work virtually from home.

    we'll check it out more during our next trip out there, but just wanted to hear what you guys had to say.

    thanks.
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    - 1995 Giant ATX 870
    - 2011 Salsa El Mariachi XL
    - 2011 Kona Unit (singlespeed) XL

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