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Old 11-15-2012, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Please bare with me while I try to make sense. I'm very mindset about moving to Colorado just looking for the right direction. I'm 27, single and have been a machinist for the past 6 years. Here is a quick list of what would make my paradise.

1. Snow, A LOT of snow.
2. Scenery, snow capped mountains and big forests.
3. Small town, country setting with a lot of privacy.
4. Decent cost of living.
5. Nice people.
6. Snowmobiling.

Hopefully this doesn't sound too far-fetched and there is a place. I've done a tiny bit of research and Woodland Park popped up. Any suggestions and help will be appreciated.

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Old 11-15-2012, 04:11 AM
 
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Woodland park is a tad pricey, and you're not likely to find a job in your field up there. But everything else, sure.

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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As is the case of most of these "dream lists," they contain a lot mutually exclusive wants that one simply will not find in one Colorado place. If the OP has to have everything on the list, two words: not possible.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:50 AM
 
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As is the case of most of these "dream lists," they contain a lot mutually exclusive wants that one simply will not find in one Colorado place. If the OP has to have everything on the list, two words: not possible.
If I had to narrow down my list I would choose lots of snow and scenery.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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If I had to narrow down my list I would choose lots of snow and scenery.
The people who do that are usually the ones who only last a year or two until their savings run out. Typically, the "dream" spots that people visualize in Colorado are the ones with highest living costs and least amount of jobs that pay a living wage. Just that simple. There is a reason that most Coloradans live in the metropolitan blobs with all of the problems of any major metro area--it's where they can make a living.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:58 PM
 
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As much as I like Woodland Park (small town) and respect its proximity to Colorado Springs (where the jobs are), it does not seem to me to really qualify for the "lots of snow" part. I realize it is all relative, but there is a reason the nearest ski resort is two hours away. There apparently are snowmobile rentals and, in fact, my next door neighbor has a snowmobile, but how often they can ride and how far they have to go is unknown to me. I will say that at my place (s.w. Teller Co.) we could snowmobile maybe a dozen days a year.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:19 PM
 
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Jazz is right.....I can't foresee any machinist jobs in the expensive high-country snowy and scenic areas. IMO that is the item on your list that needs to come off. You can live along the Front Range (Fort Collins to Pueblo) where you might find a job, and then see the mountains in the distance and drive an hour or two to enjoy the snow. Colorado Springs and Golden are smack up against the mountains.

Do a search on craigslist for those jobs and see what's available, i.e., a few in the Denver area, and even one in Rock Springs, WY which is a small town that may appeal to you and your list.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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I am not necessarily looking for a machinist position.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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I am not necessarily looking for a machinist position.
If you're up for an adventure, look at the Ski Bum thread, it's all about living and working in the resort towns where you'll get your list, but most likely not very low cost unless you room with other resort workers.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:08 PM
 
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You could probably make somewhere in Woodland Park work. if it is too pricey or too city for you, maybe get a place out around Divide.

For what you want, I'd think you might also want to look at Gunnison or Pagosa Springs. If they are too expensive, maybe Idaho Springs or Georgetown. Or Fairplay, Palmer Lake, Del Norte or Meeker. Or Sarasota WY.
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