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Dub post but leadvillew is goin to be cheaper than Summit county (Frisco dillon breck etc). Definitley more women in summit Double Definitley more nightlife in Summit unless you consider drinking yourself stupid in a gun owner infested shit hole nightlife. Summit has better food. We have a vitamin cottage that sells organic food in Dillon leadvillle i think they have a city market. plus a ton of good restraunts. If your up here and like sushi go check out Nazawa on dillon ridge next to city market. Summit has 3 Grocery store 2 city markets and a safeway. Not much in the way of specalty markets except the farmers market in summer in dillon. Medical we have a decent hospital in frisco. i never go to denver for medical unless its like getting a cheaper MRI or something. Leadville medical is the drugstore.
Breckenridge was the #1 place in America for single women to look into last year BECAUSE there is 11 MEN TO EVERY 1 FEMALE in the town. Largest ratio in the states apparently. But the tourists are many & you can definitely have a good time + good hangover when ever you want.
skiing: Backcountry is where its at if you are not a park skier. Abay is sweet but its not a huge amount of terrain, along with Loveland. The major resors are... "family" resort destinations and are designed for that. Your average Texan doesn't want to ski chutes and glades for a week with powder.
mining: GO FOR IT & THEN GET ME A JOB :) Climax closed with absolutely terrible AMD (acid mine drainage) but you can bet that they will not be reopening until it is up to code. Leadville is a mining boom town that shows a failed economy because its populous depended on the mine, when it closed, the town shrank into poverty. When I wrote my thesis on mining pollution, 90% of my sources were articles on Leadville's pollution. There are HUGE technological advances since the first run of the mine - the only thing thats really terrible about the "new" mining in CO is mountain top mining :( so fucked up. Man will destroy everything to over come. AS FOR THE ENVIROMENTALISTS: your Prius might not be taking up the worlds depleating amount of fossil fuels BUT the internals of that vehicle are solely comprised of what most mines are producing these days ;) I love this fact, learned it in a testimony for a proposed Kennecot Mine. and a really agro professor once said to us when we were writing proposals for our papers & he was obviously sick of the hippies in the program "if you want to save the environment... kill yourself".