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Old 08-25-2011, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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So are you saying that all those areas you mention are similar to the Swiss alps?
No, I'm saying those are spectacular mountain ranges.

If you're looking for mountain ranges that are as similar to the Alps as possible, then you're looking for mountains that have glaciated, rugged/jagged peaks and that are green.

In the U.S. the mountains that have this type of rugged/jagged structure are the San Juans in Colorado and the Sawtooths in Idaho. However, Colorado is an arid state and the San Juans are not green (although some years, certain parts of them can be.) Furthermore, there are no glaciers anywhere in Colorado (although there once were eons ago.)

The Sawtooths are a bit greener, but still not like the Alps. Also, you won't find small villages scattered throughout the valleys of the Sawtooths, like you do in Switzerland.

In the U.S. green mountains are to be found in Oregon (Cascades), Washington State (Cascades and Olympics), and northern Idaho (Rocky Mountains.) However these mountain ranges don't have the jagged, prominent structures. There are glaciers but the main characteristic of these ranges are the volcanic structures.

Here is a link to photos of the Olympic Mountains: olympic mountains - Google Search

Here is a link to photos of the Cascades: cascade mountains - Google Search

Another difference between the US and Europe is that you won't find any quaint, ancient villages here. I suspect part of what you seek, in addition to the mountains, is the beauty of the European villages in the valleys of said mountains. Sorry - doesn't exist here.

You may want to look to the states of British Colombia and Alberta in Canada, which have impressive mountain ranges and "European" style villages.

If neither the Cascades nor Olympics are your cup of tea, then have to move back to Switzerland because you won't find what you're looking for here in the U.S.

Have fun.
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:26 PM
 
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No, I'm saying those are spectacular mountain ranges.

If you're looking for mountain ranges that are as similar to the Alps as possible, then you're looking for mountains that have glaciated, rugged/jagged peaks and that are green.

In the U.S. the mountains that have this type of rugged/jagged structure are the San Juans in Colorado and the Sawtooths in Idaho. However, Colorado is an arid state and the San Juans are not green (although some years, certain parts of them can be.) Furthermore, there are no glaciers anywhere in Colorado (although there once were eons ago.)

The Sawtooths are a bit greener, but still not like the Alps. Also, you won't find small villages scattered throughout the valleys of the Sawtooths, like you do in Switzerland.

In the U.S. green mountains are to be found in Oregon (Cascades), Washington State (Cascades and Olympics), and northern Idaho (Rocky Mountains.) However these mountain ranges don't have the jagged, prominent structures. There are glaciers but the main characteristic of these ranges are the volcanic structures.

Here is a link to photos of the Olympic Mountains: olympic mountains - Google Search

Here is a link to photos of the Cascades: cascade mountains - Google Search

Another difference between the US and Europe is that you won't find any quaint, ancient villages here. I suspect part of what you seek, in addition to the mountains, is the beauty of the European villages in the valleys of said mountains. Sorry - doesn't exist here.

You may want to look to the states of British Colombia and Alberta in Canada, which have impressive mountain ranges and "European" style villages.

If neither the Cascades nor Olympics are your cup of tea, then have to move back to Switzerland because you won't find what you're looking for here in the U.S.

Have fun.
...and thats why I said I know I will not find anything like the Swiss Alps here...thanks for the info though.
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Old 08-25-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Furthermore, there are no glaciers anywhere in Colorado (although there once were eons ago.)
Glaciers of Colorado | Glaciers of the American West

The Front Range contains all of Colorado's 14 officially named glaciers. The largest glacier in Colorado is Arapaho Glacier (0.24 km2), located in the central Front Range. The Front Range has 11 of the state's 26 glaciers larger than 0.05 km2and five of the ten largest. It is the only place in Colorado where glaciers have been studied, and to many glaciologists, the only place in the state with true glaciers. Rocky Mountain National Park contains 32 of the Front Range snow and ice features, including 8 of the named glaciers. The remainder of Front Range snow and ice features are in or near the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The tiny St. Mary's Glacier is located southeast of James Peak near I-70.
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:43 PM
 
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I don't like to be a party-pooper, but taxes have only one way to go and that is up, and soon.
It will still look like a bargain by comparison. I have to laugh every time I see one of those "Taxorado" bumper stickers, as it's blatantly obvious that the driver has never lived in California, Maryland, or any of the New England states.

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Old 08-26-2011, 09:03 AM
 
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It will still look like a bargain by comparison. I have to laugh every time I see one of those "Taxorado" bumper stickers, as it's blatantly obvious that the driver has never lived in California, Maryland, or any of the New England states.
Or perhaps they are indeed aware of the relatively low tax load in Colorado compared to many other states. They want to create the false impression of high taxes to scare people away from Colorado, or they are blindly obedient to the conservative rhetoric that any tax is too much tax.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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formercalifornian wrote:
It will still look like a bargain by comparison. I have to laugh every time I see one of those "Taxorado" bumper stickers, as it's blatantly obvious that the driver has never lived in California, Maryland, or any of the New England states.
Or perhaps they are indeed aware of the relatively low tax load in Colorado compared to many other states. They want to create the false impression of high taxes to scare people away from Colorado, or they are blindly obedient to the conservative rhetoric that any tax is too much tax.
Probably a lot of the latter. Colorado's OVERALL tax burden per capita is middling in the U.S. Not horrible, but not especially low. People who compare Colorado's tax burden against some of the highest tax burden states in the U.S. may like what they see, but you seldom see the comparison made on this forum of Colorado against some of the lowest tax burden states. The other side of the coin is that Coloradans may pay lower taxes, but they also enjoy much lower levels of governmental services than numerous other states. I'm not saying that is bad, but it is a fact. The condition of Colorado's roads, schools, public facilities, etc. often reflect that lower level of public financial support. And, given Colorado's anti-tax penchant combined with a souring economy, the condition of Colorado's public institutions and facilities is only going to get worse. That is going to necessarily include some pretty basic stuff like public education, law enforcement, fire protection, etc. It's already happening.
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I don't like to be a party-pooper, but taxes have only one way to go and that is up, and soon.
Perhaps, but it's equally probable in Maryland as in Colorado, perhaps even moreso, as MD is a heavily Democratic state right next to DC.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:46 PM
 
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Come visit Woodland Park, CO. Beautiful views of Pikes Peak and still quite close to Colorado Springs and not too far from Denver either. The air is Wonderful. Very blue skies.
Ouray is just too far away from any real job market.
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