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Old 09-28-2013, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Aspen is great, but pricey. It has several different ski areas to choose from along with different towns to choose to stay in.

Telluride is great too.

But my ultimate favorite is Pagosa Springs. There's Wolf Creek to ski and also Durango nearby has a lot to choose from.
I like Wolf Creek too. Many a good run there. Family owned and still reasonably priced.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Aspen, Co.
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Aspen has it all under one roof. There is quite the misconception about the town by people that either have only been once or never been at all. If you are willing to do a little research this town can be as affordable as any other ski resort town. Vail has always been like a truck stop with ski lifts.....
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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I'd suggest looking at Summit County in general. More affordable living (for a mountain town) can be found in Frisco, Dillon, or Silverthorne. You have easy access to several ski resorts, but also most of what you need for everyday living. Located along I-70, you will have more tourists and traffic, but also more services and a mostly easy drive to Denver if you need big city services. Not sure about the job situation, but it might depend on what you are looking for.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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It depends on your personal style. Are you the type to buy your clothes at an Ambercrombie & Fitch at a shopping mall? Go for Breckenridge. Total tourist trap. Neiman Marcus at a shopping mall? Go for Aspen or Vail. Billionaires pushing out millionaires. Personally, I don't like clothes shopping at all. Happy in an old t-shirt, even though I typically wear suits every day. Was in Breck for first time in 15 years a few weeks ago with wife and kids. Felt weird around congested packs of overdressed tourists for several hours 'til we finally just bailed and went to our favorite pizza place in Salida. First thing we saw in Salida was a car painted as a dinosaur cruising the main drag. So awesome. All we saw in Breck were Land Cruisers. For me, Salida is a chill mountain town that doesn't try too hard but exudes artsy cool anyway. Lots of options out there, you've just got to match up your own personal style with the style of a place. Anything else is just gonna annoy you. Sorry to say, but you've probably gotta see a place for yourself to know. Good luck!
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:06 PM
 
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There are lots of great options, but it really depends on what you're looking for in a town. If money's no object, then I'd go for Telluride. In terms of a great town (with probably the most and best snow of all) that's more than a resort town (like Vail tends to feel) with a great community that's somewhat down to earth, then Steamboat Springs is fantastic. Aspen is gorgeous, but I've found it to be fairly stuffy and showy. Less expensive but equally snowy and nice is Winter Park or the areas around Frisco/Breck and Keystone. I love, love Crested Butte ...to visit...It is on the smaller side and somewhat isolated outside of Gunnison (brrrrr!!!!) and the main route to the Front Range, should you need to travel it is windy and sketchy and often blocked by crashes or vehicles blocking the road. In the end, each of these towns has a different feel and a different crowd. (Yes, the "which snowy ski town in CO is BEST" is a frequent topic of discussion in our house). As for me, I'll choose Steamboat when the time comes! =)

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Old 10-01-2013, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Crested Butte - lowered passes this winter also.
Shush!!! Stop telling people about Crested Butte.

Crested Butte is horrible. It's so far hard to reach, pretentious and over-priced with no scenery at all. The mountain is puny and pathetic and the town is dying, with no future at all! DON'T GO THERE! Aspen and Vail are the places to be.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Shush!!! Stop telling people about Crested Butte.

Crested Butte is horrible. It's so far hard to reach, pretentious and over-priced with no scenery at all. The mountain is puny and pathetic and the town is dying, with no future at all! DON'T GO THERE! Aspen and Vail are the places to be.
Don't worry I never had an interest due to the distance so your honey hole is safe.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:44 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Aspen, for sure.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Don't worry I never had an interest due to the distance so your honey hole is safe.
Phew!!!
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:39 PM
 
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I second Irwin. It is the single snowiest place in the state. Average of 600 inches of snow per winter. However, it is next to Crested Butte and that is very remote. For nightlife Aspen, Steamboat, Vail, or Breck.
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