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Old 11-15-2006, 10:51 AM
 
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This may seem silly...but how far away is Durango ski resort from Durango proper? How does the ski season seem to affect the people of Durango (who obviously are not working in tourism)
For example, does it make things too crowded, roads too annoying with people who don't know where they are going? Just curious...
after seeing these threads on Durango I am very interested. My DH & I are both physicians looking for a community to move to with outdoor activities, good restaurants & a great place to raise our future kids.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:59 AM
 
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Skiing is not the only draw in Durango. Durango attracts outdoor adventurers all year 'round, so to say that the ski season is the tourist season isn't really accurate. The ski resort is about 30 min. away from Durango. A big chunk of the local economy comes from tourism, so, at least in my mind, tourists are generally viewed as welcome...just part of the local atmosphere.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:49 AM
 
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This may seem silly...but how far away is Durango ski resort from Durango proper? How does the ski season seem to affect the people of Durango (who obviously are not working in tourism)
For example, does it make things too crowded, roads too annoying with people who don't know where they are going? Just curious...
after seeing these threads on Durango I am very interested. My DH & I are both physicians looking for a community to move to with outdoor activities, good restaurants & a great place to raise our future kids.
Thanks in advance!
You are REALLY needed in Durango since you are both physicians! The growing city lacks enough doctors with all the retirees and newcomers in the area. My sister-in-law told me she is on a waiting list for a doctor. You will definitely find work there. Durango has GREAT restaurants and per capita has more restaurants than San Francisco and if you know San Fran, it has many. It is a great place to raise a family. You can also live in any number of suburbs around Durango. It has a lot of them. There are also small towns with great community spirit like Bayfield near Durango.

Trailrunner1516 is right. The resort is about 30 minutes away. It is beautiful up there and many people live up there too in and around Needles. It gets a lot more snow up at the resort, so for those who love snow, the resort area is great. For those who don't love snow, Durango's snow melts off the roads right in a day and doesn't get very much. If you want less snow, live south of there. It gets even less as you go toward the border of NM.

Durango has tourists because it is a beautiful city. You will see Japanese, French, Norwegians, Germans, Russians, English, Irish etc. living there or visiting. Durango is world renowned. Since many there walk, it just adds to the vibrant city to see these worldly tourists. It feels alive. For someone who wants a dead pan type of town, Durango wouldn't fit. It loves the arts, it is liberal, but the outer suburbs tend to be more conservative. You can find a place there regardless of who you are and it is a very accepting city, no matter what you are.
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