I've seen a similar thread to this a couple of years ago on NS but wanted to expand.
I recently graduated and have been working in Ottawa, Canada. Ever since I took my first trip out west (Revelstoke, Golden) I have wanted to move out there and finally have the chance to look for decent jobs. So the focus of this thread is a city with skiing, not necessarily the importance of the city itself.
The greater Ottawa area is ~1 million people and I'm interested in that general size all the way to quite small.
On trips I've either skiied or had the chance to go to SLC, Portlnd/Hood, Northern Cali, Vancouver/Whistler, Seattle, Interior BC-Kelowna, Calgary.
In the previous thread SLC was getting a bad rep for culture, but the snow and proximity is unparalleled in my expeience. As it stands-would be my first choice. Portland/Van/Seattle all felt like bigger cities, awesome if you need nighlife, great skiing-but a little farther to the big stuff. I imagine Denver the same.I also like Calgary but still a bit far-better in Banff/Jasper/Canmore.
I'm not too familiar with Reno, smaller cities closer to Tahoe or Mammoth, smaller cities in CO close to mountains, Montana, Alaska?! (Anchorage/Juneau), Christchurch, and German (I can speak it) parts of Europe-Zurich, Bern, Salzburg, Innsruck? Any feedback would be awesome!