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Old 11-16-2012, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Sleepy Eye, MN
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We are seriously considering moving to mammoth lakes in november. Any reason you guys can think of not to. We have a 18 month old who will be 2 and a half and we will have a 10 month old at that time. My wife gets SSI and I work customer service. Are there more than temp jobs there? What about activities for the kids? anything like mops or ecfe?
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Do you really really like snow? Do you like shoveling snow half the year? I can tell you this, living in snow on a limited income is a young persons game. Kids ski and board and demand to ski and board and mountain bike, and hike, and fish, and you best be able to support that or they will hate you for dragging them into paradise and not letting them live the life.

Activities for kids? Yep, push them out the front door and tell them not to come home until dark.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:22 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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Why are you 'seriously considering' moving to ML?

Most people who do so have a very serious plan, and a reason to do so, or will be working for MMSA. I lived in ML for several years. Great community, but it is a year round tourist community, and has positives and negatives due to that. If you do not have work lined up, I would seriously suggest looking elsewhere. There is only one grocery store in town, and the closest "general" store (kmart, target, etc) is in Bishop.

highnlite is absolutely dead on - limited income in ML, if you're not 21-24 will not be enjoyable. The MMSA community is very much of a college atmosphere, drinking heavily at night, working during the day (in lieu of class).

Kids - very safe, highnlite is dead on again, you can let them roam around all day/night and be completely safe, other than making sure they know how to look out for bears, and know how to cross the street correctly.

Here is a post i made a few years back:

Mammoth Lakes and Bishop Area... Looking for some information
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Sleepy Eye, MN
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We would both be 22 at the time of moving. As far as income I will have a job lined up before we move or we won't move and will wait until a job is lined up. Also my wife receives SSI for $698 a month and currently with some online stuff I do I make $500-$2500 any given month working very part time. I am not disclosing what it is I do for the simple fact that I don't want to be on here to advertise. I have experience in both sales and customer service. Is there any timeshares there? I'm just wondering as I have sold them before and did extraordinarily well. I truly do appreciate your input whether or not I agree or like it lol!

p.s. - The reason we want to move to mammoth lakes is we both like being outdoors and want all those (expensive) fun winter and summer activities available to both us and our children and that seems like a reasonably priced ($1100-1500 for a 2 bedroom) and safe place to do so. We both have always wanted to live in a mountain town and if you guys have any other suggestions I would love to hear them!
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:00 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Look at Mountain High (Wrightwood, CA). At least it's commuter distance to L.A. for a real job.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:29 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Look at Mountain High (Wrightwood, CA). At least it's commuter distance to L.A. for a real job.
Skiing sucks there, and it is close to LA. Never trade landscape for a job.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:36 PM
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Location: Vancouver, WA
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I think the Truckee/Tahoe region would probably be better as there are more resorts, casinos, and Reno also close by. Consequently there are more jobs by far than MM. Personally, I like visiting MM more because of its unique, quaint, more remote and less commerical Mountain atmosphere. But living there with younger children would be a greater challenge I think. Still its an amazing area. The Bishop/Mt. Whitney area is also amazing if you like exploring the great outdoors via backpacking, hiking, fishing, etc... One of the gems of the state for sure!

The little, lower elevation ski resorts in SoCal pale in comparison to anywhere in the High Sierra. They are a 'big step down' in almost every way you can imagine. Consequently I wouldn't want to live there. But it would be easier if you had to work near a major city like LA. I grew up in LA and skied/snowboarded all the resorts there. But MM trips were always the highlights of the year both from far superior on mountain experience to the overall High Sierra environment. Its like going from a kiddie pool to an Olympic sized swimming pool by comparison. Tahoe has many great resorts as well. Its just more commerical.

Derek

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Old 11-16-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Sleepy Eye, MN
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Look at Mountain High (Wrightwood, CA). At least it's commuter distance to L.A. for a real job.
L.A. is too big for me! I don't want to work or live there! Sorry! And what to you is a real job? lol Believe it or not sales is a real job.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:40 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Skiing sucks there, and it is close to LA. Never trade landscape for a job.
I guess I was more focused on the financial aspects of OP's having a disabled wife, a toddler and an infant, rather than on the quality of skiing.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Sleepy Eye, MN
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I guess I was more focused on the financial aspects of OP's having a disabled wife, a toddler and an infant, rather than on the quality of skiing.
My wife loves skiing as do I! We also enjoy hunting and fishing, is that something we could do in mammoth lakes or nearby? Tahoe looks nice also so we are looking into that area anyone know how the crime and schooling is in Tahoe? What about schooling in Mammoth Lakes?

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