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Old 11-23-2009, 08:29 AM
 
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I recently had to move back to Cleveland from Flagstaff unfortunately but i am planning to head back soon. I've been looking for a smaller town that's relatively cheap west of Denver closer to either the Copper or Telluride ski areas. I've always had the outdoor niche and i need to be somewhere that allows me access to the things that keep me going. Any suggestions/info will be greatly appreciated. THanks
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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... a smaller town that's relatively cheap west of Denver closer to ... Copper ...
You might look into Leadville. Compared to the Summit County towns, it is relatively less expensive.
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Old 11-23-2009, 02:36 PM
 
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Wink Cheap, huh?

I second Leadville, CO. It may not be exactly cheap, but certainly is in comparison to Telluride or most anything in Summit County.

It seems that skiing is your priority, which largely means resort area, which means money. The Zen in that equation is to accept as much and figure out a way to increase your income, or creativity and flexibility.

Since you've painted this with a geographically rather wide brush, you might also consider options such as Silverton, CO. With the advent of a new ski area, it isn't cheap any longer, but is in comparison to Telluride. It also definitely qualifies as small, and remote. If wishing a little more civilization, you might try south of there in Durango, CO. Silverton skiing is possible from there, with Durango Mountain (formerly Purgatory Ski Area) even closer, on the way. In many respects a wonderful option, but others have since discovered this as well, and no longer 'cheap.'

Nederland, CO would be somewhat 'cheaper' than Boulder, CO, with ready access to the small ski area of Eldora. You may wish more activity, more of a resort, which this wouldn't be.

None of these areas, as different as they may be, will be like Flagstaff, AZ. That might be a good starting point. If with skiing in common, all these towns across the West will have their own flavor, the ambiance you like best. Who knows, you might end up in Crested Butte, CO. Maybe someplace less expensive, but likely not a one of them cheap.
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:11 PM
 
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I've been looking at Leadville, it seems like it might be what i'm looking for. I'm wondering about the drive to Breckenridge from there. More so the drive back to civilization with a sedan. I've been out that way but never off the main highway in the winter, and i'm sure those roads can get hairy especially at 10,000 feet. Does anyone know how accessible the closer resorts will be because i hope to ski patrol around there but again i don't have a big AWD vehicle. yet. And any other info i can get about the town and surrounding areas would be great if you are willing to spill any secrets. Thanks.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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I lived in Summit County for 7 years and during my time there, I drove, among other things, a Honda Accord, a 2wd Mazda pickup, and a Ford Escort with little issue. Unless the storm is particularly bad, the road crews get things cleaned up pretty quickly and do a pretty good job of it. The main thing is to leave enough time to get where you are going and leave enough room between you and the next guy. The AWD vehicles are nice for traction, but they don't stop any faster.

Coming over from Leadville, there might be some difficult days, especially all the way to Breck. Copper Mountain would be the easiest drive to a ski area from Leadville, probably saving you a good half hour over driving to Breck. There is also a smaller ski area right outside Leadville (Ski Cooper) that would be a shorter commute. You could also look into employment at Vail / Beaver Creek, which are similar type commutes.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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I hear a lot of people commute/ take a bus to the resort areas from their residence in Leadville for work. I would like to be surrounded by people in my age range and I am wondering if their is a younger crowd there. I'm not really finding any smaller towns with the accessibility Leadville has to so much recreation. I am hoping to make the leap around October 2010 if all goes well but i want to be sure I've found a place that suits me. I thank you for any responses in advance.
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