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Old 04-07-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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Hello,

My 9 yr old son has a newfound obsession he and I discovered this winter. Skiing. I am considering a move to the Jackson area so we can be in the mecca of winter sports in order to continue on this. I work in the construction industry and the company I work for has a sister company in Jackson that I can put in a request to transfer to.

I know Jackson is extremely expensive to live in but it appears to me that just across the border in Idaho, real estate is a little more realistic and mapquest shows the commute to be 25 or so miles. So my question is this: I assume the 25 miles is over a mountain pass and was wondering how well maintained is the road in the winter and what is the commute like? Is it frequently closed during storms?

I've lived in Northern Wyoming all of my adult life so I'm accustomed to winter driving conditions, was just wondering if that pass is going to be a major hindrance and out of the question to live in Idaho and work in Jackson.

Thanks
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Auburn
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the skiing is just as good on the Idaho side but it still in Wyoming. the pass it a good climb, the hiway department dose a good job plowing , it will get shut down during avalange control , speedlimits along the way are 45 to 30 and sometimes of the year alot of traffic so not a really quick commute.
Think there a bus that run back and forth every day there one that goes to Alpine and Etna , some jobs work around the bus schedual
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:37 AM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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lots of people commute over Teton Pass but I had no interest doing it. The START bus system does go over the pass to Victor/Driggs, could be an option.
http://www.startbus.com

When I lived in Jackson, living in Victor/Driggs was pretty cheap by comparison. It's still less but not as cheap as it was before their growth. As Jody said during heavy snow the pass can close so your SOL unless you drive around, lots of extra miles and the Snake River Canyon can be dicey as well. Personally I would live in JH if that is where your work would be.

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Old 04-08-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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Thank you for the replies.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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Well, I love Jackson too. Look at those housing prices, though. Many of the properties I see Zillow aren't really vacation homes, they look like (nicer) homes for average folk. People with jobs, you know. So, who is living there and what do they do for a living? Last week we were passing through Jackson on vacation and we stopped for a few hours at a nice city park. There was a group of moms with preschool kids having a picnic. Not on vacation; these are normal folks. I love heavy winters and would thrive in Jackson, but what to do for a living??
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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Well, I love Jackson too. Look at those housing prices, though. Many of the properties I see Zillow aren't really vacation homes, they look like (nicer) homes for average folk. People with jobs, you know. So, who is living there and what do they do for a living? Last week we were passing through Jackson on vacation and we stopped for a few hours at a nice city park. There was a group of moms with preschool kids having a picnic. Not on vacation; these are normal folks. I love heavy winters and would thrive in Jackson, but what to do for a living??
They do the same things that people do everywhere else. As you might expect lots of service(tourist related) jobs, most are seasonal. Several fed emplyees who work for the Forest Service(Dept of Ag) or Grand Teton Nat Park(Dept of Interior). If you think the prices of homes are expensive now, they were much higher before the recession.

Was it Miller Park where you were at? The Community Childrens Project(large non-profit day care) is across the street. It had 110 kids when I was the Exec. Dir for a year, in 1981, replacing the ED who went on maternity leave.

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