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Old 06-09-2009, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Las Cruces NM
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Sorry for another 'help me find my place' thread but I need help here

I'm looking for a fair sized city that encompasses alot of wants.
- Overcast and rainy weather in the summer and snow in the winter.
- places to ski and general good outdoor recreation thats very close.
- a sizable college
- preferably west
- mountainous
- ocean would be nice but not crucial
- and if possible, a downtown with good walkability.


I've searched all over and couldn't find a fit. But I've learned so much in this forum and I look forward to what y'all have to say.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:20 PM
 
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Seattle sounds like the choice for you.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:43 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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^Ditto.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Spain
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Hm, I don't know if it's fair to describe Seattle's summers as "rainy" and its winters as "snowy". Summers are typically very nice with minimal rain, and it rarely snows.

Other than that, Seattle is a good fit for your criteria. Ditto with Portland and any other PNW city.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Las Cruces NM
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Yeah, both Seattle and Portland have minimal snow. also, the colleges: Portland's State is not of high quality. And University Of Washington is 'public ivy'. Not sure I could get in there.... I've considered both of those cities Not that i'm ruling them out, but not exactly there.
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:34 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Sorry for another 'help me find my place' thread but I need help here

I'm looking for a fair sized city that encompasses alot of wants.
- Overcast and rainy weather in the summer and snow in the winter.
- places to ski and general good outdoor recreation thats very close.
- a sizable college
- preferably west
- mountainous
- ocean would be nice but not crucial
- and if possible, a downtown with good walkability.


I've searched all over and couldn't find a fit. But I've learned so much in this forum and I look forward to what y'all have to say.
Depends on your definition of 'fair sized' - if that means 70,000 residents then Missoula, Montana would be a perfect fit. Your list of needs is like a definition of Missoula (other than the ocean part)
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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How about Boise? The city is booming, a lot going on in terms of recreational opportunities, near mountains, weather similar to what you describe, has a walkable progressive downtown and is home to sizable Boise State University.

http://www.boise.org
http://www.boisestate.edu/future/
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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Bellingham,WA

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington | Outside Online (http://outside.away.com/outside/destinations/200109/200109towns_2.adp - broken link)
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:34 PM
 
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Check out Pittsburgh, PA it should meet most of your needs:

Pittsburgh Hotels, Attractions & Vacation Packages : Pittsburgh PA CVB
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Seattle has a lot more schools beside U-dub.
Spokane? Granted Gonzaga isn't a huge school, but more cold weather than Seattle.
Colorado Springs or Boulder...but probably too small for your other criteria. Colorado does get a fair amount of rain in the summers...at least there's always those little mountain showers in the afternoon.
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