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Old 02-16-2007, 04:34 AM
 
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I am considering making the move out west.. I have never visited CO but have always wanted to.

I am currently in CT but my situation has recently changed and I am looking for a change of scene and to have some fun, see and do things I have always wanted to... I'm newly single , 30-ish, no kids - just me and the dog I have a car.

I was thinking that I would head for a ski town (Vail? Breck???) at least initially, get any kind of job (bartending, whatever) to pay the rent, hopefully find a room to rent or a small apartment.. does not have to be fancy, just has to allow a dog and be somewhat affordable. I am not expecting to make a lot of money, just enough to cover my rent and basic living expenses.. do some snowboarding, work out what my longer range plans are. If I like it maybe I'll stay. who knows.

Anyway.. I would like some suggestions:
- which resorts might offer the best opportunities (social, work)
- where you'd live if you were working in that resort (I know most people who work in ski resorts don't actully live in the resort but in neighboring towns..).
- costs of rent etc
- job prospects
- what happens in spring/summer? does everyone leave? is there still work to be had in summer?
- where to look for jobs/housing? (websites? newspapers?)
- When do most resorts close winter season (April? May?)
- Am I stupid to be considering going now - halfway thru the season?

All info appreciated.. I may add to this as I think about it more.. If I do this I will be going SOON! like in a couple weeks.
You would "not be smart" to be considering going now halfway though the season. Sorry but the truth sometimes hurts but it keeps a roof over your head. Those place you mentioned you need money, money, money. A bartender job will get you a cardboard box on the street with a shopping cart. I just dont want you making a mistake. Save up your money, get a great education and apply for a decent job and then make the move. If you must go to a ski area, pick a cheaper place to live with lots of apartments so you have a chance. Denver is cheaper to live, then go up to the ski resort to ski. Durango has lots of apartments with many ski bums roommating together. Colorado Springs is another place with lots of apartments. Regardless I just dont recommend you carte blanche moving to Vail, Breck, Aspen or Telluride. Stay clear until you hit it big. If you are seriously hard headed then look at a ski resort that will house you in exchange for work. It isnt fun though cause one of my friends did that thinking it would be a blast but since you are so convenient to them, they really work you and he said it was not fun and then when he had the chance to finally ski all he wanted to do was rest. Think long and hard.
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Old 02-16-2007, 11:08 AM
 
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thanks for the info.. keep it comin'!

to clarify, I am not broke.. not rich either, but I have done OK.. I have full health insurance and no debts and a reasonable amount of money in the bank (which I don't want to cut into)... I am not planning to do this forever, just until I figure out what my longer range plans are. I just need to earn enough to pay the rent and basic expenses... just looking to do something fun for a while. I looked on VailDaily and it seems you can get a shared house in nearby towns (I'd be happy to have roommates) for $500-700 a month incl utils.. I can't get resort-owned housing because of the dog. To me that seems OK especially compared to the cost of living where I am now in CT..??
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:50 PM
 
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I know a guy in Keystone who day-jobs as an accountant for Vail Resorts (Keystone) and nights as a waiter in a sit-down restaurant. He makes more money in tips in his night job than he does during the day. So, be warned, jobs don't pay a lot up in the resorts -- too many people chasing too few jobs.

However, if you're not picky about your living accomodations and don't mind a bit of community living (roommates, etc), sure, you'll be fine. Just don't expect to make lots of money doing it.

You might as well work all weekend up there and ski during the weekdays. No use fighting the crowds on Saturday with all of us front range skiiers.
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Old 02-16-2007, 04:55 PM
 
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Leadville runs buses to Copper Mt., Vail, etc for employees. Too expencive for normal people to live there.
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:53 AM
 
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thanks for the info.. keep it comin'!

to clarify, I am not broke.. not rich either, but I have done OK.. I have full health insurance and no debts and a reasonable amount of money in the bank (which I don't want to cut into)... I am not planning to do this forever, just until I figure out what my longer range plans are. I just need to earn enough to pay the rent and basic expenses... just looking to do something fun for a while. I looked on VailDaily and it seems you can get a shared house in nearby towns (I'd be happy to have roommates) for $500-700 a month incl utils.. I can't get resort-owned housing because of the dog. To me that seems OK especially compared to the cost of living where I am now in CT..??
Well since you seem eager to do so, I asked my once ski bum friend now married and has children, what would he do? He told me to tell you go to the city you think you want, rent a motel room a month, if you can, see if you can get a job, work from your motel to your job and keep a record of your costs. See if you can make it there include car gas, food so forth. At the end of the month now figure what a rental will cost plus any electric or gas and any rental expenses and see if it balances. Do you have a deficit? Then you wont make it. Try roommates and see if it will work, if so go ahead and get a rental, if not, leave and consider it a month of visiting Colorado. Also you will see if you even like it there without commiting to a rental agreement which would make you stuck there. I think that is pretty good advice from a one time ski bum. Oh and he also gave some lame advice too like find a rich girl and latch on. Boo!
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Old 02-18-2007, 10:10 PM
 
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LOL thanks ILUVNM for asking your friend. That is helpful advice. I have decided that I am driving myself insane trying to make this decision from the east coast... too difficult esp with the dog to just drive out with all my stuff and wing it.. so I have booked a flight and will check out Denver and the mountain areas that I had in mind... get a feel for it and see what feels right. Hopefully the planets will align and I will find a fulfilling, well paid job with short hours and lots of perks, a great house with cheap rent and maybe one or two housemates who will like my crazy dog, and everything will be sweet! LOL

Oh and I like the advice about finding a rich girl.. except switching teams on top of the move might be more than I can handle all at once! lol
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:22 AM
 
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LOL thanks ILUVNM for asking your friend. That is helpful advice.... Oh and I like the advice about finding a rich girl.. except switching teams on top of the move might be more than I can handle all at once! lol
I wish you the best of luck and hey you dont have to switch teams, afterall, look what happened to poor Liza Minelli! Just kidding!
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:15 AM
 
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LOL nooo! I'm mean I'm female - Bring on the rich guys! ha ha

Gotta wonder if Liza was the catalyst
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Old 02-20-2007, 02:24 AM
 
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LOL nooo! I'm mean I'm female - Bring on the rich guys! ha ha

Gotta wonder if Liza was the catalyst
Hitting myself in the head! Here I am female and active woman in womens issues and I am the one automatically thinking you being a snowboarder, you are a guy! Ugh! And I accuse guys of the same thing! I am rooting you on to making it in Colorado! Oh Liza, poor gal, I think she just wanted someone so bad that she overlooked certain signals and she might have been the catalyst.
I wish you good luck!
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Old 02-23-2007, 04:56 PM
 
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Another option is to pursue a job in one of the casino towns -- which are also close to, or ARE, ski towns.

Good luck!

- KK
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