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Old 07-22-2010, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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I was going to throw out Cleveland, OH and Duluth, MN as options for you. Cleveland is a little warmer during the summer but it has quite a large European influence (not sure where you are from exactly) and it's close enough to good skiing. Plus the Cleveland Clinic is one of the best hospitals in the country.

Duluth sounds a lot like what you are looking for weather-wise (except I don't think you are ready for their hardy winters) and proximity to lake houses and mild summers is 2nd to none. There's also surprisingly good skiing within an hour or two drive; such as Lutsen, Spirit Mountain, Giant's Ridge and the Upper Penninsula of Michigan are all relatively nearby and are all bigger than your average Midwest ski hill. Again, not knowing where you are from in Europe, MN in general has a large Northern European influence.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:39 AM
 
Location: The land of Chicago
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I think MI would work
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Cle Elum, WA. A bit warmer in the summer than you may like, but an enormous dumping of snow in the winter. During the summer, it seems the daytime highs can climb easily into the 80s there, but nighttime lows are still cool because it is still in the eastern cascade foothills. Nearby Roslyn was the filming location for the television show "Northern Exposure."
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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NOT Minneapolis! It's a common misconception, but Minneapolis can be downright HOT (for the North) in the summer and a lot of people don't know that about it. Duluth is great in the summer, hell in the winter.

How about Vancouver, CA?
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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How about Vancouver, CA?
Not enough snow.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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misperception (SP)
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Not enough snow.
No 40+ inches? I thought they did. Not even in a suburb higher up???
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Wisconsin, Michigan or Minnesota all get the snow and have more lakes than anyone. I think the climate you described fits those states exactly. THere is decent skiing in the upper midwest, but it is not as good as what you would find in the west, or in New England.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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No 40+ inches? I thought they did. Not even in a suburb higher up???
18.9 inches in Vancouver. Probably have to go up towards Whistler for more.
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Old 10-01-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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You just described Flagstaff Arizona. They get about 100in of snow though. And there are 2 ski resorts within 2 hours drive.
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