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By chosspector
From San Juans, CO
Apr 16, 2011

I live in Silverton and pay less than $200 a month for rent in a nice place. Endless skiing and climbing options nearby. Ridgway is great too, especially for families. Of course there's not many jobs so you may have to commute to telluride or carve out your own niche.


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By Francis Kelsey
Apr 16, 2011

this is good reading


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By KillianW
Apr 16, 2011

I've never been to Bozeman, but it seems pretty centrally located between Yellowstone, Tetons, and Glacier. All would be within a weekend's drive, for sure. You'd also be fairly close to the ice climbing in Cody in the winter.


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By Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
Apr 16, 2011
Mt. Churchill, University Range

Anchorage, AK is a great place for the mountain lifestyle and family. Lots of jobs, best skiing in the world, ice climbing, adventure rock climbing, good community and people. Don't let the winter day light scare you off, it's not that bad.


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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Apr 16, 2011
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me? Hint, its on Supercrack Buttress

Bend really isn't too hot or too dry, for what it's worth. While Smith Rocks seems like a desert, the climate of Bend is much wetter and cooler. Bend is closer to the Cascade crest and gets noticeably more moisture (but still not "wet" by any means!)

But there are no real mountains, just rocks :)


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By Andy Craig
From Bellingham, WA
Aug 24, 2011
F! Wish we could just telport instead of doing this on the way to the next climb.

Athan,
Where did you actually end up going? Last few posts sounded like you were leaning towards Bozeman?

As for my 2 cents (which isn't much since I don't post too much on MP). Bend -- those that mentioned it are correct for the climbing aspect.
Smith is great especially with the family to bring them down to do a bit of climbing, hanging out, let the kids explore. Very developed but also quite beautiful area.

Trout is just an amazing place in general, not overcrowded at all. In fact, almost every time been there it's either just been my party alone, or my party +1 other. Very friendly community feel (lockers left on chains). The approach might be difficult with the kids though so would be more of a parent retreat for you guys.

I can't speak for the skiing there though, but have heard good things.


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By JPVallone
Aug 24, 2011

The French Alps, La Grave to be specific!


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By athan
From Bozeman, MT
Aug 26, 2011
It's ok...you'll be able to ski soon.

Are patience was running very low in Billings MT. I have never lived in a big town before...actually Jackson Hole has been the biggest town by far (I am trying to forget about our stay in Billings MT). And so, I was strongly pushing Ridgway CO or even a move to the N. Conway area. My wife had doubts about both one being my mother would be very close to us in NH. (Not everyone can get along i guess). So, we were on the very edge of moving to the Asheville NC area, which would put us closer to my wife's parents (about 5hrs away from Nashville Tn) when she had a call from Bozeman OBGYN. And so we have been in Bozeman now for about 1 month or so and seem to be settling in. It is a bigger town than I ever thought I would live in (about 50k) but there are alot of like minded people here...a ski resort, hiking, some rock, ice and the Tetons and our friends in JH only about 4hrs away. I think we are going to make a run of it here. Is it my first choice...no but it will provide the schooling for my kids, income for the family, and outdoor activities for everyone. I do not consider Bozeman a mtn town as some may but having a family with other opinions and needs and comfort zones to consider I think it is a perfect match for the whole family....and I also think I would have had a much harder time living away from mtns and bc skiing for the next umpteen years.


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By athan
From Bozeman, MT
Aug 26, 2011
It's ok...you'll be able to ski soon.

One more thing...I've taken my daughter climbing twice since being in Bozeman and am having a hard time finding a family friendly crag in the 5.4-5.6 range.


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By YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Aug 26, 2011
Korea 1 1975

It doesn't match with the Sierra or Colorado, but near Bend are Mt Washington and the Three Sisters areas, which give a pretty good alpine experience.


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By Custer
From Bergen, Hordaland
Sep 2, 2011
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Have you considered Montrose, CO??

Not exactly a mountain town but 40 minutes from Ouray (25 to ridgway), 1.5 hours to telluride, hour from climbing around Grand Junction, 1.25 hours from gunnison, 3 hours from Moab, not to mention 10 mins to the Black Canyon, easy access to the San Jaun Mountains, and 2.5 hours form a little diamond in the rough called Lake City- I could go on and on. You almost have great ice climbing in all directions from you here.

Its reasonable to live there as far as prices go and it is not a massive town either. I lived there for a summer and it is one of my favorite places because it has the best access to the best parts of Colorado.


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By Custer
From Bergen, Hordaland
Sep 2, 2011
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Bozeman sounds pretty rad though. Lots of good ice there! Im considering going back to school there at Montana State- mainly so i can just go climb ice all winter and go ride some pow! Plus climb the Tetons in the summer.


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By ZANE
From Cleveland, OH
Sep 6, 2011

Schweitzer in idaho Is amazing! I haven't been to many resorts, but that one ha some amazing views, and has relatively close access to washington and montana. Not sure about housing prices.


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By Roger from Ouray
Sep 6, 2011

I've lived in Ouray/Ridgway since 2003. This place is paradise. Ridgway is a great place for a family. The backcountry skiing is the best in the state, and rivals the Tetons, but a bit more dicey. Lot's of good rockclimbing, plus 2 hrs from the Black Canyon, 3 hrs from Indian Creek area. The ice climbing is, of course, terrific. Great community atmosphere; you can't go wrong moving here.


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By athan
From Bozeman, MT
Sep 9, 2011
It's ok...you'll be able to ski soon.

Honestly, if I were the sole decision maker I would have moved our family to Ridgway. There's not a nicer place less of the Tetons. But having a family adds some funky dynamics...Ridgway will always be just a thought away....FOR NOW. :D


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By Nick Stayner
From The Magic City
Sep 10, 2011
Nick Stayner near the crux. Ryan Minton photo.

Try Bear Canyon for family-friendly moderates.


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