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come to reno NV 30 min. from tahoe
have enough $ to make it living a month or two without any income in case you have a bit of trouble finding a job. save more than you would think, it can be expensive to move/start up a new life far from home.
craigslist is a great place to check out apts/rooms and even jobs, but be sure you do the homework on the neighborhood you are moving into before you go out there. i didn't, and ended up living in a shitty, slightly dangerous part of slc for a year until i was able to move out to a better neighborhood.
job-wise, the closer you are to a major city, the better your job prospects are going to be outside of the resorts. if you are looking for seasonal work at the resorts, check the websites for info on jobs there. don't just rely on the internet to find a job, get out in your neighborhood and walk into places with your resume. especially in this economic climate it will probably take more than an email and a cover letter to get noticed. slc does have one of the lowest unemployment rates for a major city in the us, so that is a big bonus when you are trying to find work.
don't chicken out, you will definately enjoy it. moving to utah was the best decision i have ever made.
check out the regionals for more info, there are several threads on this in the utah one, and i'm sure your other choices have them too. if you have more specific questions about slc you can send me a pm
denver isn't a very good place to move out west for many people if easy access to resorts is the primary factor in destination selection.
not that denver is a bad city, but just because it is the largest city in a state known for great skiing doesn't mean it is even close to the best city to move to in colorado, let alone the top two in the west.
denver is not the biggest city near good skiing, because it is not really that near skiing at all.
there are many cities closer to skiing nationwide that are considered "big".
you assume that because colorado has good skiing, and denver is in colorado, that denver has good skiing. that assumption is false. it can be a huge hassle to commute from denver to colorado ski areas because the distance and the amount of people doing the same thing can overwhelm the highway infastrucuture causing massive delays up to the resorts.
denver also does not have the best job opportunities of any place mentioned.
what are you using to determine this? that it is a big city so it must have job opportunities? do you live there now?
your profile says you live in mass., which would put you far outside your realm of expertise on this. you also look like you are 13 years old, leaving your knowledge and experience in full time job markets in question.
the unemplyoment rate in denver is currently 8.2% (march 2009) which puts it at 150th place for major metro areas in the united states.
salt lake city has an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, placing it at 22nd nationally.
the unemployment rate nationwide was at 8.5% at the end of march 2009 for a frame of reference.
the lower the unemployment rate, the less people competeing for open jobs. generally this can reflect lower income and unskilled positions, but it is an important indicator of the economic viability of a region, as well as the ability of jobs and demand for skilled tradesworkers.
there are a lot of other factors that go into the availability of jobs in a market, but unemployment rates are a good base level indicator.
other cities located as close to ski areas as denver with better unemployment rates than denver are logan ut, provo/orem ut, ft collins/loveland co, portland or, to name a few.
Compared to the rest of the country, Salt Lake City's cost of living is 2.13% Lower than the U.S. average.
Compared to the rest of the country, Denver's cost of living is 4.88% Higher than the U.S. average.
denver is a great city, i have had fun every time i was there, but it is by far not the best ski city in the west, not even the best "big city" near skiing. salt lake, where i moved after college, is far superior in access to resorts and backcountry when you consider the short distance even from downtown slc, it has a much more stable economy with more job opportuinites in skilled and unskilled fields, and the cost of living is even less than denver.
people considering moving out west because they want great access to skiing should not place denver at the top of any "best ski cities" list.
and he was right, you are an idiot.
You Suck!!! Some of us are fr's because we have to be. That said, he's right. Traffic heading up from Denver blows. If you want to do the ski bum thing for a year or two, move up in the summer and try to get a tip job, bar tending or waiting. It's usually easier to find one in the summer then you can keep it through the winter. You can make decent money working nights esp as a bar tender. I had roommates who did pretty well. Anyway, work nights, ski days.
I don't know how many of my coaches are coming back next season, but PM me in the fall if you decide on Vail.
merton? what is in merton??
and you are right about slc. there are businesses all over downtown looking for help.
whoever said to move out in the summer to get set up with a job and a place easier is right too.
I am also planning on moving out west ((hopefully Jackson Hole))...you should try to get your hands on a local paper of where you want to go ..they usually have tons of ad's on rental homes that arent too bad...or people looking for roomates...you should float around a few places to see were you eventually want to settle down .