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Old 11-15-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I've been there only once. I found it odd. Not much diversity, too much wealth. It was just strange. Nice to visit, but not my fav place in Colorado.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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I've lived in Gunnison, Leadville, Breckenridge, Boulder, my native New Hampshire(mountains and seacoast), and Steamboat. Of all these I have found Steamboat to have the mildest climate, the friendliest people, the most well rounded economy, the lowest cost of living, and the best cultural activities available. I guess I am just a "phony".
Yes, actually, you are a phony, to those who define "phony" as anybody not born into a fifth-generation Colorado ranch/farm family who still work the land and haven't joined some profession and/or city, despite the economically non-viability of that for 85% of the children/grandchildren/greatgrandchildren of such early homesteaders from the 1920's or so and continuing through present day. Virtually all of us are "phonies" to a particular type of Colorado nativist, including the nativist him/herself if they'd see themselves for what they are, which they won't.

As for Steamboat, it has an interesting balance of authentic Colorado/western history (which can manifest itself as snobbery) with a healthy dose of generic upscale ski-resort town vibe (which can also manifest itself as snobbery). It is not unlike Jackson WY in that sense. Most of the other Colorado mountain "towns" have little or no actual history before the ski thing got going in the mid-20th century, including the Aspens, Vails, etc. Steamboat is a place that would still exist without their ski mountain, it would just have several hundred (thousand?) fewer million dollar vacation/ski homes.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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Thanks for all of the thoughts and opinions. Cold weather certainly doesn't bother me. I, too, would much rather have a cold winter than a hot summer. I also don't think the town's "wealth" would be bothersome, either. I've lived in resort towns before and have lived very cheaply. The isolation also isn't a problem for me. I can never find a reason to go into the big city, anyway, since being close to the mountains and outdoor activities is priority number one.

I've also lived in very crime-ridden areas outside of Colorado (because the cheapness tempted me) and unfortunately paid the consequences. Since those experiences, another high priority is living in a nice area of town with a relatively low crime rate -- touristy or not.

My ONLY hesitation about Steamboat is the lack of job opportunities for me. It's my boyfriend's job that would be providing the transfer and his pay would be great. I'm just afraid all my work would have to be seasonal (EMT positions) and I would love to do ski patrol, but I'm also afraid that I wouldn't be able to build up any substantial income due to the nature of the work.

Fort Collins on the other hand, is also an option for us. It would provide fantastic job opportunities for me, but I'm afraid that the outdoor activities that I love so much would lack accessibility, being in a larger city (although the size is so much nicer than Denver Metro Area). It's also more dry than Steamboat which is only a slight let down.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:39 PM
 
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My ONLY hesitation about Steamboat is the lack of job opportunities for me. It's my boyfriend's job that would be providing the transfer and his pay would be great. I'm just afraid all my work would have to be seasonal (EMT positions) and I would love to do ski patrol, but I'm also afraid that I wouldn't be able to build up any substantial income due to the nature of the work.
It depends on what you are willing to do. If you are up for working a lot in the winter and summer and having 2-3 jobs, with more time off in spring and fall, you can do quite well. You might for instance combine part time EMT with working as a server at a restaurant.

The problem people run into with these towns is most are not willing to go with the flow of the seasons and multi task.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:31 PM
 
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It depends on what you are willing to do. If you are up for working a lot in the winter and summer and having 2-3 jobs, with more time off in spring and fall, you can do quite well. You might for instance combine part time EMT with working as a server at a restaurant.

The problem people run into with these towns is most are not willing to go with the flow of the seasons and multi task.

It's good to know that it's not such an unusual thing to have multiple jobs. I would actually prefer to have multiple jobs part-time -- it keeps things interesting and keeps me occupied.
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