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Old 02-20-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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Or you could just watch the phenomenally underappreciated Aspen Extreme <cough>.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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My ski bum experiences date from the early 1970's. I lived in Steamboat Springs full-time for three years. Lived in six different places with a variety of different roommates. I was on ski school and had free lift tickets, but you can't make a living wage teaching skiing so I also waited tables. In the summer I fished for food, not for fun.

There are some ski areas that offer employee housing; do a forum search to find threads with good information on this subject. If one needs to find a rental, then it is going to be in a town pretty far away with a long commute. People who work in Steamboat live in Craig; those working in Aspen live in Glenwood Springs, etc.

There are three seasons at the ski resorts -- winter, summer and the shoulders. Tourist business is good in the winters and summers, but the lifts close a week or so after Easter and then there's a couple of months of mud when businesses close down. After Labor Day there is another drop off in tourism, so one has to make it to November when the lifts open again.

Living in or near a ski town can be lots of fun. The OP is young and open to new experiences, so why not go for it!
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I currently live in Crested Butte, and don't make a ton of money...but I make it work. Poverty in Paradise, as they say. I pay around $380/month including utilities for a room in a 4bd/2ba apartment in the heart of downtown. Most of my friends who live in town pay around $400-$500 including utilities for a room in a shared apartment. On the mountain tends to be a little cheaper rent-wise, but most of the social activities/nightlife is in town so you need to take the 10-minute (free) bus ride. Further out in Skyland, Riverbend, and CB South rent gets even cheaper...but you're farther away.

There is a surprisingly awesome and underrated music scene here, with live shows a few nights a week at various places and there's always something showing at the Center for the Arts, whether it's a speaker, band, dance performance, theatre show, etc. In the summer there is free music Mondays & Wednesdays in town & on the mountain respectively, with regional bands of all varieties coming to play. Pretty big jazz & bluegrass festivals. The arts are most definitely appreciated and well-attended around here.

The people are young (or at least act like it), and the town definitely feels like a "village". Kids roam freely -- they'll ski better than you; the rec league opportunities are great -- dodgeball, softball, hockey, soccer, ultimate, drop-in climbing; it's definitely a place with a lot of character.

The skiing is phenomenal, especially in better snow years. Even this year isn't too bad IMO. A little rocky/sketchy in spots but they don't call our expert terrain the extremes for nothing. The mountain biking, boating, climbing, and hiking or general exploring is incredible throughout the Gunnison Valley in the summer.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:10 PM
 
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Cool Best colorado town for 23 year old??

For all you western U.S. folk, QUESTION, what is the best all around town to live in colorado with skiing nearby,live music, good single life, good energy/vibes?!?!?! PLEASE HELP NEED TO GET Out OF MY HOUSE PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZYYYYYY!@#$%^

p.s. NOT interested in big cities
Thanks for your input!
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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Vail.

Use our search tool to find the SKI BUM thread, it's FULL of great info.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:14 PM
 
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If you really want to go to a place where your parents would never find you, may I suggest Telluride? Not sure about the single life there, but it embodies the rest of your requirements.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:53 PM
 
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Default Big Sky or Grand Targhee

I have a friend who is a musician that plays fairly regularly in Jackson Hole. Have you ever looked into Big Sky in Montana or Driggs/Victor in Idaho? Also what about Red Lodge, Montana? A few fortunate souls land jobs at Grand Targhee who live on the Idaho side, but if not, you'd have to commute over the pass to Teton Village, but Driggs is much less touristy. Sandpoint, Idaho also has a thriving arts scene at the base of Schweitzer and is 1 hour from the Canadian Rockies and the best snow-cat skiing in North America.

However, you mentioned the importance of nightlife, which means tourists, if you truly are looking for nightlife then you would want to live in Jackson, Wyoming, priced similarly to Aspen.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:20 AM
 
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For all you western U.S. folk, QUESTION, what is the best all around town to live in colorado with skiing nearby,live music, good single life, good energy/vibes?!?!?! PLEASE HELP NEED TO GET Out OF MY HOUSE PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZYYYYYY!@#$%^

p.s. NOT interested in big cities
Thanks for your input!
Do you have a nice fat trust fund?
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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Aspen is probably the best for music and nightlife but it is prohibitively expensive compared to the other resort towns. I lived in summit county for 2 years and it's definitely doable, but don't plan on spending money on anything other than food and rent.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I did the ski bum thing in Aspen years ago and it was a blast. The most important things I'd say to do are:
1. Get there EARLY....late September/early November if you want to find a job and place to live.
2. Have enough money to live for at least 2 months without income.
3. Get a job as a bartender or waiter in a nice place. You'll make the most in the least amount of time and have days free.
4. Find a roommate. You'll need one unless you have a trust fund. In 1993 a Studio apartment was $1500/mo. in Aspen.
5. All of the ski towns mentioned are great but Telluride has almost no housing even if you can afford it.
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