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  1. #1
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    Best Small City for Skiing/biking/getting outside

    Been living in Seattle for 4 years now and while it's a great city for access to the outdoors, but kind of getting sick of the crowds, traffic, and cost of living. So I'm looking for the next move. Ideally a city with 100k-500k people with easy access to outdoors. I figure this size of city is big enough to have a career but small enough to have good access. Priorities are skiing and mountain biking with backpacking, fishing, and boating also being important. Being from the northwest, the cities I've looked at are Spokane, Bozeman, and Bend. Anyone live or have any knowledge on these places? Also I'm sure there are places in Colorado, Utah, and parts of California that would be great.

    Edit: Also tired of it raining at the ski resorts every week
    Last edited by brundo; 02-04-2019 at 11:45 AM.

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    Best topic ever!!!... seriously, try the search function.

    Sick of crowds, yet you want a city of 100k to 500k people. It doesn't compute.

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    Yes, please let us know when you find this promised land that is close to the mountains with minimal traffic, low cost of living, and plenty of career opportunities.
    "Alpine rock and steep, deep powder are what I seek, and I will always find solace there." - Bean Bowers

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    Colorado Springs is your answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by brundo View Post
    So I'm looking for the next move. Ideally a city with 100k-500k people with easy access to outdoors. I figure this size of city is big enough to have a career but small enough to have good access.
    Do the reverse, it opens up a lot of options. Live next to all the outdoor activities you love with easy access to a city. A national scenic area can provide a great buffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoMatt View Post
    Best topic ever!!!... seriously, try the search function.

    Sick of crowds, yet you want a city of 100k to 500k people. It doesn't compute.
    There's a difference between crowds from a 500k area and the 3.5 million that are in the Seattle area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoMatt View Post
    try the search function.
    What would be the fun in that?
    "Can't you see..."

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    Wenatchee. I have a great house for sale if you're interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefortrees View Post
    Colorado Springs is your answer
    Don't they get the Denver crowds though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brundo View Post
    Don't they get the Denver crowds though?
    No one from Denver goes to Colorado Springs.

    And i'm pretty sure that suggestion was in jest. That is...if you want lift served skiing without crowds.

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    Corvallis, Eugene, Richland/Kennewick/Pasco, Spokane, Missoula, Butte, Bozeman, Livingston, Ogden, Boise, Santa Fe, Durango, Grand Junction.
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    Have you considered Bellingham?

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    I heard Bend was full, but it ticks most of the boxes for ya. What kind of boating? There's good whitewater nearby and the mountain biking is pretty darn good, especially if you like to pedal.

    Perhaps Boise?
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    Eddie would go.

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    Clearly anchorage is the answer. More than 150k people but thereís no traffic and recreation is never further than 20 minutes away.
    But Ellen kicks ass - if she had a beard it would be much more haggard. -Jer

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    Quote Originally Posted by brundo View Post
    Don't they get the Denver crowds though?
    Nah, just Jesus
    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chugachjed View Post
    Clearly anchorage is the answer. More than 150k people but thereís no traffic and recreation is never further than 20 minutes away.
    But I can't imagine the darkness there in the winter

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    Search Function City is your answer. Now delete this thread and KYS jong.

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    I wonder if OP has considered the thriving skiers paradise of Killington, VT

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    Quote Originally Posted by brundo View Post
    Edit: Also tired of it raining at the ski resorts every week
    go high or north

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    ...or go WAY far South.

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    Best Small City for Skiing/biking/getting outside

    Quote Originally Posted by brundo View Post
    But I can't imagine the darkness there in the winter
    I donít even notice it. Not that much different than Seattle. Come up in March for a week. Itís cheap from Seattle.
    But Ellen kicks ass - if she had a beard it would be much more haggard. -Jer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chugachjed View Post
    I donít even notice it. Not that much different than Seattle. Come up in March for a week. Itís cheap from Seattle.
    Might have to do that. I did notice it was a cheap flight from Seattle. What resorts are up there?

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    Idaho Falls if ya donít mind lack of culture/Mormons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    Have you considered Bellingham?
    Quote Originally Posted by Leavenworth Skier View Post
    The ham: always raining, expensive, full of marginally employed rad bros.
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    Has anyone ever relocated to one of the suggested places as a result of one of these threads?

    OP - Outside magazine and the like publish a "best places to live" issue every year. Maybe find a couple at the local library and see if that helps narrow the search?
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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