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Old 08-10-2008, 05:59 PM
Location: Sunny Southern California
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I am looking at relocating to Philipsburg in the next year, probably next July. I know there is a ski resort nearby and will hopefully be able to get seasonal work to start with. I have waitressing, front desk clerk, accounting experience. I want to go in the summer so I will be one of the first to apply for any seasonal work. I will have money saved to make it several months without work. I will be coming from Southern California.

Does anybody know about Philipsburg? I really want a smaller town to move to. I live in the mountains of San Diego county right now and we have snow and such, not too worried about that.

Also, if you know of a good town with even basic job opportunities, I would be glad to investigate them. I picked Philipsburg because of the resort and it is a small tourist town.

Any clues or advice I would seriously appreciate.

I am a 37 yr old female with solid rental and employment histories. I have one dog, 70 lbs, longer fur. Perfect for cold weather. Very well behaved.
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:58 PM
Location: In The Outland
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I am from San Diego also. You might also consider Bozeman, Whitefish and Bigfork, if ya have the bucks ! Missoula may also be an option but that town is a bit "hippied out" I don't know if that bothers you or not. If you're are a liberal you may love Missoula but if you are a Conservative and move there you may have to put up with a liberal university town environment. If that is the case then Kalispell would be great. Look up info on ski mountains in Montana. The Whitefish resort is fantastic (formerly known as The Big Mountain resort. I grew up on a surfboard in Ocean Beach, got into skiing in my mid thirties and now I have a few physical issues that make it difficult to ski any more. I used to have 120 shares in Snow summit, I could get 2 free lift tickets every day and I used to ski 20 to 41days every year. I have been down every avalanche chute on Mammoth mountain. Now my wife and I are really into sit on top kayaking, (I'm a Cobra dealer).
If you want a more real old time Montana environment, you may also want to consider White Sulphur Springs or Choteau. They aren't too far from Ski mountains. You will be so glad you got out of the cesspool that S.D. has become ! You won't have any problem finding a job in Montana, The Unemployment rate here is low and the labor pool is small given the oil boom in N.D. , and workers that are "with it" are few and far between as the local labor pool is a bit,--- well lets not get into that on this board right now ! Feel free to DM us and we will give a bit of info that will ease your culture shock ! This state is about the best state I have ever lived in. Unless you are a wimp, or cold weather phobic, you will be so gratefull for geting the heck out of there. You may find a shortage of nice restaurants here as S.D. has about 45,000 resteaurants ! Good luck with where you choose to settle, and welcome to Montana.

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Old 08-11-2008, 08:09 AM
Location: LEAVING CD
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To add a note, while I know you said you wanted a "small town" do you know how small Philipsburg really is? I've got friends who are looking there becuase the bigfork area has gotten too populated for them and they want to be away from people so Philipsburg fit them perfectly.
In other words it is a nice small sleepy town but I don't think it's quite the place for someone who's new to small towns or small town life, I think it's more for those that start out in a smaller town and want away from everyone to a REAL small town. That's just my opinion, maybe a visit first would be in order?
I'd agree with Rickers, maybe Whitefish area since they're always begging for workers for the mountain and have quite a few eateries. I believe the mountain also has worker housing options now as well.
Good luck!!!
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:19 PM
Location: Helena, MT
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I've known some people who have come from out of state specifically to work for Project Vote Smart, and they love it in P-Burg. It's really beautiful and quaint, but it's definitely small. There are probably a few waitressing or bartending jobs around. You definitely won't get rich there on the wages, but it's cute. Don't let everyone else scare you off. It's not too far to one of our bigger towns.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:57 PM
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Yes, it is small but don't be tricked into thinking small town people live in small towns. Most of my neighbors, including me, are all refugees from the suburbs. I came from Phoenix. My neighbor, Denver. Some of the original locals are still here but quite small. No, Philipsburg is an artsy, cultural type of town. For younger people, their are jobs at the ski hill just like the others in the state, so I wouldn't be too concerned about where you want to go, like Kallispell or Bozeman, or whatever. I think if your use to living in big cities and move here, you'll love it. I have. But I'm older and I enjoy the slower pace. Living in a small town is like working in a mid-size company. Being an engineer all my life, that's what I'd compare it to. It's better than living in the suburbs unless you enjoy shopping every weekend- but then their's Missoula about 45 minutes away, which is about the same commute to go to outlet stores in Phoenix with all the driving. You can also find work in the gift shops and boutiques downtown, but their businesses are usually slow this time of year. Good rentals are hard to find, but they usually are houses. Looks, it's like being in a Norman Rockwell painting in the winter, very beautiful especially decorated for Christmas. But like most tourist spots in the Rockies, don't expect any great pay-best to bring extra cash with you if you wan't to try it out. Most people are in the services industry. Politicly, it's trending towards being more progressive. Socially, the last couple of years it's getting more popular for younger people to move here, I notice that.

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Old 11-01-2008, 03:42 PM
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You can maybe get a job in the service industry. Not full time as they wouldn't want to pay for your bennifits. Bars, restaurants, cleaning houses. Health? Yeah that's an opportunity if that local someone employed dies and isn't replaced with a relative or friend. Education would be an option but then again see Health. And remember, in order to get along you better go along other wise your out.
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