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    Hey Maggs

    I might have an opportunity to move to Leavenworth.

    Does anyone have any insight in what itís like to live there. Skiing, climbing and general recreation seems great, but my German is pretty poor and I donít own any lederhosen.

    Thanks

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    It's crowded AF, Seattle found it.

    There's a reason I'm a former artist.

    But bring your sprinter, bring your yeti bike, bring your DPS, bring your rescue mutt, you'll fit right in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larix View Post
    German is pretty poor and I donít own any lederhosen.
    Yer fucked.
    Well maybe I'm the faggot America
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    Marry a rich fraulein and buy some lederhosen.

    And I'm guessing like every other beautiful mountain town housing will be the crux
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    Quote Originally Posted by powdork View Post
    Marry a rich fraulein and buy some lederhosen.

    And I'm guessing like every other beautiful mountain town housing will be the crux
    Cant be any worse than the current town Iím in

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    Its an expensive, ugly town that gets overrun with Seattle tourists that also happens to be in the best location in the continental US for hiking, ski touring and climbing. The Enchantments and Glacier Peak are some of the best places. If I ever had an opportunity to move there I'd do it and get a place outside of town.

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    Seems no town is safe from the tourist and social media these days

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    But bring your DPS, you'll fit right in.
    hey now
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    Did they build the roller coaster yet?

    There is the rift between those who make their money from the tourist economy (tend to be the long time locals) versus those who make their money in other ways (tend to be new transplants). Each has a different idea of what they want the town to be.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    It's crowded AF, Seattle found it.

    There's a reason I'm a former artist.

    But bring your sprinter, bring your yeti bike, bring your DPS, bring your rescue mutt, you'll fit right in.
    Sounds like Sandpoint. The town is pretty busy and lame but the surrounding area is great. Most people are bilingual so your lack of German fluency isnít a problem. If you want easy access to anything you want to do outdoors itís hard to beat. Personally I live in Wenatchee and itís more practical but with the same easy access. It is pretty expensive but no more so than any great place to live.

    TAFKALS is just bitter because he couldnít fit in and his adhd makes him rash and impulsive. Iíd take the Wenatchee valley over Sandpoint any day, better access on all accounts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentUnicorn View Post

    TAFKALS is just bitter because he couldnít fit in and his adhd makes him rash and impulsive. Iíd take the Wenatchee valley over Sandpoint any day, better access on all accounts.
    Omg. you. may. just. be. on. to. something.

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    Live in Plain, just N of Leavenworth
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    Takes 45 minutes to get through town on the weekends. Kind of defeats the purpose imo .

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    hit me up if you like to climb
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirVicSmasher View Post
    Takes 45 minutes to get through town on the weekends. Kind of defeats the purpose imo .

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    If you live around there itís a non issue. There are alternative routes


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    Town itself is very strange and not my thing, but Iíve been living there for 8 years and wonít be leaving any time soon. Yes, the high profile venues are crowded, but nearby wilderness is outstanding, and finding quiet spots to do the things i love isnít hard. It has most of the pluses and minuses of great locations. Climate, year round recreation, access, politics, vibe and mountain friends are all spot on for me. I live out of town proper, of course. If it pencils out and you want a change of scene, why not?



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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentUnicorn View Post
    If you live around there itís a non issue. There are alternative routes


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    Even I know those and Iím a tourist there. 🤫

    Bouldering is world class and easily accessible. I lived near Estes Park for ten years and Leavenworth has a much more tolerable touron situation. Iíd definitely check it out, as it might not be your cup of tea but if you can swing it financially itís worth trying.

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    Really getting through town isnít a big deal, donít travel east on Friday and donít travel west on Sunday. Avoid holidays altogether. I never really stop in Leavenworth. We make the trip between Wenatchee and Lake Wenatchee weekly and the traffic is never too bad. Only reason I will stop is for the curry wurst and a beer at Cured, only midweek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    It's crowded AF, Seattle found it.

    There's a reason I'm a former artist.

    But bring your sprinter, bring your yeti bike, bring your DPS, bring your rescue mutt, you'll fit right in.
    Yeti and dps are so 10 years ago. You wouldnít believe it but all the townies have traded their sprinters and Stevens passes for diesel trucks with campers and his and hers sleds #powalliance. Also you better be riding a transition and team lithic or you might as well be living in Wenatchee, loser.


    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentUnicorn View Post
    Itís a fake Bavarian town created by business owners from Seattle in the 60ís so your lack of German fluency isnít a problem. If you want easy access to anything you want to do outdoors itís hard to beat.

    TAFKALS is just bitter because he couldnít fit in
    TAFKALS speaks some truth though thereís certainly a townie mold and if you donít fit it youíre treated as such. Passing through to the lake off-peak you might not pick up on it.

    Sandpoint seems friendlier, the lake is gorgeous and the skiing isnít Vail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackattack View Post
    Yeti and dps are so 10 years ago. You wouldnít believe it but all the townies have traded their sprinters and Stevens passes for diesel trucks with campers and his and hers sleds #powalliance. Also you better be riding a transition and team lithic or you might as well be living in Wenatchee, loser.




    TAFKALS speaks some truth though thereís certainly a townie mold and if you donít fit it youíre treated as such. Passing through to the lake off-peak you might not pick up on it.

    Sandpoint seems friendlier, the lake is gorgeous and the skiing isnít Vail.
    Iíve lots of Der Town friends, what it seems like mostly is that theyíre unenlightened. Like most people they donít understand quality over quantity. Itís equidistant from LW to Mission or Stevens really. Some figure it out, some donít.


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    Sandpoint sucks too, but I prefer it greatly over Leavenworth. The skiing splits the difference between the depth of Stevens/Quality of Mission, the mountain access (IF you want to ride bikes) is significantly better, we get rain, we have a big ass lake with amazing access, we have a super active trail building org (built 7 miles of new trail already this spring) and lots of other great parts. But you also literally cannot buy a house here right now, unless you've got a 130% of asking cash offer. Glad we got in when we did.

    Idaho and Sandpoint have their own problems for sure, and in general every "mountain town" at this point is either a) "ruined" or b) something is off.

    For instance...
    Libby- great mountain access, but asbestos and some seriously odd hill people.
    Silver Valley/Kellogg - tram to nowhere, lead in the water, lead in the dirt, meth.
    Leavenworth - "ruined"
    Winthrop - "ruined", isolated AF.
    Cle Elum - on path to ruin, share lifts with all of Seattle.
    Bozeman - "ruined" x2
    Wenatchee - full of sanctimonious know-it-all medical professionals and vegans that freeheel.
    Missoula - "ruined" + crappy ski infrastructure.
    Kalispell/Whitefish - more of the same kooks in Libby and Sandpoint + Californians + mountain that somehow has more cat tracks than runs.
    NE Washington - meth, mining, more of the same people as Libby. No lifts.
    CDA - hottest spot in the US, reality has left the real estate market. When the prices in the Sun Valley area start appearing to be reasonable, you know something is wrong.

    Every spot is a trade-off, and you just gotta pick what you want to compromise on.

    I gave the Wenatchee valley a solid 10 year run, and it's a great place. If the job I had at the time was staying, I likely would still be there. The trouble with Washington is that there are limited easy winter recreation resources (especially lift served skiing) and there is no way the situation will improve with time. Idaho probably is a little too eager to develop things, but at least there's some room for folks to breathe if you get off the beaten path ever so slightly.

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    There are lifts in NE Washington. 49 and a short distance away across the border. But ya, you will probably have lead in your water and your house will get burglarized by the local meth heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    Sandpoint sucks too, but I prefer it greatly over Leavenworth. The skiing splits the difference between the depth of Stevens/Quality of Mission, the mountain access (IF you want to ride bikes) is significantly better, we get rain, we have a big ass lake with amazing access, we have a super active trail building org (built 7 miles of new trail already this spring) and lots of other great parts. But you also literally cannot buy a house here right now, unless you've got a 130% of asking cash offer. Glad we got in when we did.

    Idaho and Sandpoint have their own problems for sure, and in general every "mountain town" at this point is either a) "ruined" or b) something is off.

    For instance...
    Libby- great mountain access, but asbestos and some seriously odd hill people.
    Silver Valley/Kellogg - tram to nowhere, lead in the water, lead in the dirt, meth.
    Leavenworth - "ruined"
    Winthrop - "ruined", isolated AF.
    Cle Elum - on path to ruin, share lifts with all of Seattle.
    Bozeman - "ruined" x2
    Wenatchee - full of sanctimonious know-it-all medical professionals and vegans that freeheel.
    Missoula - "ruined" + crappy ski infrastructure.
    Kalispell/Whitefish - more of the same kooks in Libby and Sandpoint + Californians + mountain that somehow has more cat tracks than runs.
    NE Washington - meth, mining, more of the same people as Libby. No lifts.
    CDA - hottest spot in the US, reality has left the real estate market. When the prices in the Sun Valley area start appearing to be reasonable, you know something is wrong.

    Every spot is a trade-off, and you just gotta pick what you want to compromise on.

    I gave the Wenatchee valley a solid 10 year run, and it's a great place. If the job I had at the time was staying, I likely would still be there. The trouble with Washington is that there are limited easy winter recreation resources (especially lift served skiing) and there is no way the situation will improve with time. Idaho probably is a little too eager to develop things, but at least there's some room for folks to breathe if you get off the beaten path ever so slightly.
    It might be time to grow up Woody. We spent all of last year wandering around in the mountains with no one, yes even this winter. Thereís over 20 miles of new trail 10 minutes from my house built in the last couple years. Thatís just up #2 Canyon, not counting the rest of the valley.

    If I found myself living in Sandpoint I would make the most of it, but I live here and the grass is never really greener no matter where you live. Itís really about making the most of what you have. 10 years is nothing if you are really trying to establish yourself. Thereís no easy or quick way to become a ďlocalĒ.


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    Quote Originally Posted by altasnob View Post
    There are lifts in NE Washington. 49 and a short distance away across the border. But ya, you will probably have lead in your water and your house will get burglarized by the local meth heads.
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