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    If you could live in any city for a summer where would you go?

    I'm a college student and next summer I am going to try to find an internship at an area that has a good mountain biking scene. I really enjoyed Bend, OR when I visited, but the economy there is horrible right now and I don't think I'd be able to find an internship in my field (Civil Engineering) in a town of 80,000. I'll probably have to go to a somewhat bigger city. Right now I'm looking at Denver and Vancouver and submitting resumes. Where else should I look into?

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    New Zealand. You'll have an absolute blast.

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    I would go to Cougar Washington, for Lack of people and awesome trails.
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    San Jose would be easy to find an internship, and Santa Cruz is right there. My buddy had an internship (he is a civil engineer) and it turned into a part time job. so, it is worth a look. Also, if you like dirt jumping Aptos is really close.

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    Salida, Co spent a week there this summer and didn't want to leave.

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    where they filmed Pista Prest Dago. do a quick search. could seriously ride that area 24/7-365.

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    Somewhere in the Pacific NorthWest riding the crazy old growth Redwood forests.

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    So, wait...

    Any city?

    Or, from what I gather from your post, this has to be a city with specific job opportunities?

    Though Salida was a cool suggestion, you might have stipulations that rule it out.

    If specific job opportunities are not required, the suggestions could go on and on. I'd suggest
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    I don't know....

    but wow...I am jealous!!

    Boulder would be towards the top of my list. Sounds like areas of Idaho might be worth looking into...

    If you can go foreign, then that opens up a whole new conversation.

    Wherever you go, take pics and post up!!

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    Boise, Idaho or Santa Cruz, CA

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterMarv View Post
    San Jose would be easy to find an internship, and Santa Cruz is right there. My buddy had an internship (he is a civil engineer) and it turned into a part time job. so, it is worth a look. Also, if you like dirt jumping Aptos is really close.
    Anywhere: Innsbruck, Austria

    Given your restrictions: I might have to agree with this guy.

    Be sure to let us know where you land and photos, of course.

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    New Zealand. You'll have an absolute blast.
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    i cant decide between:

    Bend Or
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    I have spent time riding each of those towns and want to live at them all, Those are the 3 best of the dozens of towns i have stayed in.

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    Looks like your cup runneth over, bro.

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    burlington, vermont.
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    SF Bay Area gives you a lot of access and you are only a few hours from Lake Tahoe for epic riding in the summer/fall and epic skiing/snowboarding in the winter/spring...

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    FWIW Raleigh was just named the number one city to live in the U.S. I think we( our politicians) rigged that one though.

    Civil Engineering works too because we have RTP.

    Mountain biking? Mother f^ckin' check. With seven trails in riding distance from downtown and more a couple hours' drive in any direction you choose.

    But, considering you have the whole world to choose from, well, Raleigh looks like a crap-shoot.
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    Somewhere in the Alps

    (and nix the internship if needed)

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    Job sounds as important as mountain biking in this situation. I recommend what you have already mentioned (Denver), but expand it to all of the front range from the Denver area north. Should be decent job opportunities (for our current economy), and some cities have good trails right next to them. If you can swing some gas money and have a car, it is easy to auto up to the mountains for that classic Colorado high elevation mountain biking scene. And summer weather is pretty darn good too (warm/hot and dry).

    I always found Ft. Collins a very nice place. I seem to remember it has trails close to it, a younger scene (I am assuming you are typical college age), good food, and lots of good beer (I am assuming you are of legal drinking age).

    Good luck in getting that professionally and personally rewarding summer.

    Oh, if you didn't have to have a job in your chosen profession and it was just for mountain biking in the summer, then it would be Flagstaff (lots of riding, plus Sedona close by for early morning rides) or Crested Butte (good riding and my favorite place so far in CO).

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    Quote Originally Posted by clydecrash View Post
    Oh, if you didn't have to have a job in your chosen profession and it was just for mountain biking in the summer, then it would be Flagstaff (lots of riding, plus Sedona close by for early morning rides) or Crested Butte (good riding and my favorite place so far in CO).


    All three are GREAT suggestions. The best thing about Flag/Sedona is they're only 40
    minutes apart, yet offer some of the highest mileage of sweet trails that are worlds apart
    in what they have to offer -- and both worlds ROCK!
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    I think I'd pick a cool place in Europe like maybe Switzerland. Good biking skiing and euro chicks. Expand your horizons.

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    given your restrictions - not sure. Given my restrictions - I'm there. Durango, Co.

    When we move it will be one of the following: Albuquerque, Sedona, Phoenix, or somewhere near Santa Cruz...
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    Asheville, nc (youll never leave)
    Boulder or durango, co

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    Seattle, for sure. Great local trails, great location for a weekend trip to Whistler, or Oregon, or Nor-Cal, great women, great beer, and great coffee.

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    Boulder??? You're kidding, right?

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    For domestic cities, I would probably say Fort Collins, CO, Durango, CO, or Portland, OR

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    Screw the internship, plenty of time for doing boring engineering while you are old. DAMHIK... Got to Whistler and get a night job as a bartender. Bring your big bike!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter808484 View Post
    Screw the internship, plenty of time for doing boring engineering while you are old. DAMHIK... Got to Whistler and get a night job as a bartender. Bring your big bike!!
    scooter, i seriously think of doing something like that instead all the time. I might just pack up and go to city when schools out and look for a random job that allows me to ride anytime I want since I'll never have a chance to do it when I start a permanent job.

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    by the way, out of the country is not really an option either since I have a dog and I imagine figuring out how to get her out of the country and all that isn't really worth it. I found some options near seattle and vancouver. Now i'm going to look into the smaller cities you guys mentioned. Thanks for the recommendations and if you've got more good ideas keep them coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KidRawkz View Post
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    I used to live in Vermont, and aside from Kingdom Trails in Burke, and the few trails in Stowe, there was pretty much nothing. Has it improved in recent years?

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    Paris, Illinois! If you like corn fields and crazy flat road than welcome to your dream! We are only an hour away from Kickapoo state park the only mountain biking of any worth in the mid west. MORE GOOD NEWS the cereal mill is hiring 3rd shift so you have all day to go crazy!!!!

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    Capri, Italy

    The question was where to live if you could live in any city. I vote for becoming a roadie and living in Capri and riding the Amalfi coast. There is a decent bike shop in Sorrento. I have the jersey to prove it.

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    Definitely the SF Bay Area, for two reasons. One, there's lots of nice riding areas that are close(1-2 hours drive, if that). Second, if you want a weekend trip, Tahoe and Mammoth are both close for the big mountains.

    Not to mention there are jobs all over the area. Going to school here, I always here about them, but I go back to Texas for the summer so I just have to ignore them. I'm studying Mechanical Engineering.
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    Since you have to stay state side Raleigh can.... wait no, it's still a **** hole city with the worst people. Go somewhere awesome like Denver, Grand Junction, the good ones in OR and WA. Just stay away from NC's capital city. For your own good, 'ya know.
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    Agoura Hills? I haven't ridden there since the early 90's (mostly fire roads near Malibu Cyn) Is there some great new trail system out there? The weather is nice, but it's hard to imagine it being in the same league as some other places mentioned.

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    I'd say mine would be St. Simmons Island, Ga., also like Savannah,Ga.
    I love the coast of Ga.,a beautiful place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmanco View Post
    I'm a college student and next summer I am going to try to find an internship at an area that has a good mountain biking scene. I really enjoyed Bend, OR when I visited, but the economy there is horrible right now and I don't think I'd be able to find an internship in my field (Civil Engineering) in a town of 80,000. I'll probably have to go to a somewhat bigger city. Right now I'm looking at Denver and Vancouver and submitting resumes. Where else should I look into?

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    I'm kinda hoping to get an internship at Fox this summer. It's about 30 minutes south east of Santa Cruz. Seems like a great spot, as would be expected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boardguru View Post
    I would go to Cougar Washington, for Lack of people and awesome trails.
    quoted for truth...

    If it is during the summer: Seattle and Bellingham, WA are top picks. Not the rest of the year though.

    Also Durango, Salida, Cortez, CO.

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    Ketchum, ID someone mentioned. That place would be a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridger View Post
    I used to live in Vermont, and aside from Kingdom Trails in Burke, and the few trails in Stowe, there was pretty much nothing. Has it improved in recent years?
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    I would skip the mid-east coast and associated humidity/heat. Front Range CO has some good options. Look at the Lakewood area - lots of civil firms and good access. For a summer of riding - skip Boulder. Poor bike access compared to many, many places.

    I think Oregon or Anchorage would be a good bet. Alaska typically has a strong civil market.

    I would not rule out smaller communities in the mtns. Civil engineering is one field (I work as one) where there are almost always local firms due to the type of work. Even the smaller areas have local shops, and without local colleges, etc the intern pool is much smaller. Most interns look to the URS's, etc of the world for summer work, but there are tons of small firms in the mtns who may need help for the peak work season. Plus with a bad economy, firms are looking for cheap labor without a long term commitment.

    Maybe someplace like Durango...

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    Reno, NV. A decent sized city and you are 30 minutes away from Tahoe.

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    that's the great thing about mountain biking. It's really good in a lot of places.

    Currently I live and ride in Northern Thailand. In the past. Boulder, Maui, Sedona, Tahoe, Palm Springs, Mt. Shasta. Virginia.

    Really anywhere riding can be great. Even in places like Singapore or China too.

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    Either Zacatecas, Puebla, or Oaxaca. Best bet overall for me would be Oaxaca, lots of big mountains nearby. Plus, some of the best food anywhere in the world.
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    A job.

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    Peru and YES Peru is not a city but if you make it down there you wouldn't want to be tight to any particular city anyway.
    I'll go to Lima, Pachacamac, Cusco, Machu Picchu.. etc..etc.
    The incas build over 10,000 km of trails that happen to be perfect for mountain biking, with silky smooth singletrack and technical downhills crisscrossing the spectacular Andes mountains. Just one ride on the incredible Olleros trail - the world's longest downhill, dropping from over 11,000 ft all the way down to the ocean over 36 mi/58 km, and you'll be in awe of the Incas' trailbuilding genius
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikecito View Post
    Agoura Hills? I haven't ridden there since the early 90's (mostly fire roads near Malibu Cyn) Is there some great new trail system out there? The weather is nice, but it's hard to imagine it being in the same league as some other places mentioned.
    I agree with Mikecito's bemused question. I live in the Conejo Valley and would not consider this a mountain bike destination. Now if we were talking road riding...

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    Bend, OR - Best of really most of everything in in the States for XC...throw in Oakridge, OR and you have one of the top contenders....yeah the economy sucks but your a student, so why care....

    Whistler, BC - Best of Canada and close to everything that is number 2 and Vancouver is close. Really a cool vibe there but the cost of EVERYTHING is ridiculous unless you get off on eating rice and beans and sleeping in a tent.

    SLC / MOAB, UT (Moab will be an oven in summer) - Who knows you could be converted....seriously some awesome terrain and if you decided to take a year off from college you could experience the best skiing in the world...I do not exaggerate on the last point!

    Boise, ID

    Boulder, CO

    Phoenix, AZ....(Fall, Winter, Spring)

    I'm sure there is awesome terrain in the Eastern part of the US but haven't had the privilege of riding.....yet!

    Have fun and seriously take the time now.....REALLY!

    Cheers!

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