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Old 02-22-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Location: At the end of the road
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Hi! My husband is considering applying for a school job in Polson. We were wondering if a commute from Bigfork to Polson would be doable in the winter?

We currently live in Homer, AK and he has worked in a school above the Arctic Circle. Before that, we lived in Minnesota. We are used to cold, snow and winter driving but I just want to be sure the commute would work. Thanks for your help!
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:24 PM
 
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You'll have the risk of snow in the winter just like any other area of Montana, but it's doable. Although I imagine Polson would be cheaper to live in than Big Fork so why not live there?
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:42 PM
 
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We are considering all of our options for places to live. I do have concerns about the schools in Polson. A lot of the threads I searched mentioned that the non-Native kids don't always have a happy school experience. My kids have already been through that when they were the only non-Native kids in their school. Most kids were great but in such a small environment, it is really hard to escape the reach of your bullies. I tend to be a bit protective when it comes to putting them back in a situation where they could potentially be miserable. Not saying that will happen but I want to research all of our options, including Polson.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:04 PM
 
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We are considering all of our options for places to live. I do have concerns about the schools in Polson. A lot of the threads I searched mentioned that the non-Native kids don't always have a happy school experience. My kids have already been through that when they were the only non-Native kids in their school. Most kids were great but in such a small environment, it is really hard to escape the reach of your bullies. I tend to be a bit protective when it comes to putting them back in a situation where they could potentially be miserable. Not saying that will happen but I want to research all of our options, including Polson.
Fair enough.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:35 PM
 
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The Bigfork-Polson commute is do-able but in the winter the narrow road on the east side of Flathead Lake is mostly shaded and is often icy. And I'm not pooh-poohing your concerns about the schools but have never heard that about Polson and I've lived in western MT over 30 years. St. Ignatius and Ronan, perhaps, but not Polson. However, we've never lived in Polson itself so I'd defer to those who have.

Best of luck! I loved Bigfork.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:14 PM
 
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Bigfork public has a reputation for being a good system --Polson not so much. As previous poster said the road on East side of lake can be nasty in winter. As a community Big Fork is much more desireable than Polson. I applaud your choice.
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Old 02-27-2014, 01:48 PM
 
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The Bigfork-Polson commute is do-able but in the winter the narrow road on the east side of Flathead Lake is mostly shaded and is often icy. And I'm not pooh-poohing your concerns about the schools but have never heard that about Polson and I've lived in western MT over 30 years. St. Ignatius and Ronan, perhaps, but not Polson. However, we've never lived in Polson itself so I'd defer to those who have.

Best of luck! I loved Bigfork.
Thank you. It is good to hear that about the Polson schools. The ice does worry me for him. Snow driving is no big deal, ice is the great equalizer.

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Bigfork public has a reputation for being a good system --Polson not so much. As previous poster said the road on East side of lake can be nasty in winter. As a community Big Fork is much more desireable than Polson. I applaud your choice.
I have read that the Bigfork schools are better and that is definitely something we are taking into consideration, especially since we have one daughter with multiple disabilities and one with dyslexia. Thank you.
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