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Old 01-31-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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I was also going to suggest Crested Butte. I've actually never skied it, but have loads of friends who love it! Don't have any idea as to the cost of living though. Most people I know who ski the Butte live in Durango, which is a farther commute (40 min) than you stated you want. It's a very charming town though, and the summers are absolutely beautiful!

Wolf Creek isn't so much a resort, so don't know about living and working there. I would think that you would have to live in Pagosa Springs and commute to the mountain, which can be difficult during the winter. It's also about a 40 min commute in good weather, and I imagine up to 2 hours during a big storm. Lots of snow though!

Tellluride would be my pick, but cost of living may keep you away. Condos are pricey and chances are you'll end up either living somewhere like Norwood, or sharing with 4 other people. It's pretty expensive to live right in Telluride. Colorado, in general, is probably more expensive than New Mexico.
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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My husband who has skied wolf creek says it's some of the best skiing anywhere. He says you can see the lift lines on their webcam on their homepage.

Have you looked at Red River (yes everyone, I know that's NM, LOL!)? You can get a condo for $40,000 & up like at Angel Fire. Not the snow depths you would get at wolf creek or other southern colo. ski resorts but cheaper housing.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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Look into Crested Butte, you can probably find a place to live in CB south for a really reasonable price. Of course there would be Almont farther south as well.

Town Shuttle will take you up to the Mountain and there are unbelievable options for back country once you take the time to learn the area.
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