If you had to choose

SocalWaterSkiSocalWaterSki Posts: 60 Baller
edited October 2012 in News & Other Stuff
If you were able to pick the best place to ski, year round, where would it be and why?

Let me explain why I'm asking this question.

With my job, I have the opportunity to choose where I work. Granted there are some restrictions, I can't just live out in the sticks with no major airport around. It's gotta be close to a good size airport....

I'm looking to move out of Southern California, not that it's a bad place to live, just looking for something different.

Currently on the table...

Sacramento - Great facility up there for me. 2 hours to tahoe for my "off season" activities. Folsom lake for the family and family to come. Sac river and a bunch of other ski places. Know of any ski lakes to live on?

Dallas - Incredible Facility for me.. No wintertime activities close by so that's a downer. Able to live on a lake and have a "reasonable commute" to work. That's a big plus. Snakes in the water... downer.

Daytona - Good Facility. Lots of water accessible. Live on a body of water.... probably salty... damn.

So now that I have those on the table... I'm looking to add more. Where in the US would you move to be able to maximize your skiing, has a reasonable cost of living, and decent weather year round?



  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,480 Mega Baller
    Dirt lives in sac! Lots of good places to ski and some mtb trails around Dallas!
    Hard choice, but at least u have options
    NWA....Heaven on earth!
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,794 Mega Baller
    @socalwaterski - define "decent" weather
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • estromestrom Posts: 512 Baller
    Do you have $5.95mil?? There's a private listing in Sebastopol, CA with it's own ski lake and you can't beat Sonoma County weather. Besides, that would give me access to a course (you would let a fellow BOS'er come ski with you, wouldn't you?!).
  • colo_skiercolo_skier Posts: 784 Solid Baller
    @kfennell Are you on SMRR? I know a fellow skier that just finished building a house there.
    Not sure I know what I am doing. The boat goes I follow. Trying to perfect the deep water start. Squirrel!
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    You can go year round in AZ. You can go year round in south FL cheaper and lots of great coaches.
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,775 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @SocalWaterSki I'll vote for DFW. There are ample locations to ski in the area and you'll be welcomed no matter what site you choose. There are strong skiers in every event in the area and if tournaments are your thing there is generally something near the DFW area amost every weekend. While it's nice to get to other sites it's also nice that you don't have to drive half way across the state just for a round or two of slalom.

    I'm somewhat of a road warrior as well and the DFW airport is as good as it gets if you live in the area (renting a car is somewhat of another story). It's convenient regardless if you are being dropped off or if you're parking. No other major airport I've seen has a TSA checkpoint within 5-6 gates of your departure AND have terminal parking within 100 yards. Also, DFW is near the center of the country so getting somewhere direct AND fast is pretty simple.

    For winter activities you can always drive to NM or a short flight to CO, UT or similar. American Airlines even flies direct to Vail or Aspen in the winter months so if you're racking up the FF miles, use those to see some snow rather than live in it. Besides you can likely waterski almost all winter anyway!

    The 'personality' of the Dallas area is enough different from Fort Worth that there's always something to do depending on your mood. Addison, Plano. McKinney, Los Colinas are all large enough areas to support a lot of activities on their own so always something diverse happening and a shortish drive away. Home prices never spiked in the area in the mid-2000's and never crashed later. Relatively speaking, housing is still an excellent value in the DFW area and in Texas in general. No state income tax, cheap gas relative to most everywhere else, low unemployment and lots of major corporations makes North Texas a pretty attractive place to live.

    I wouldn't worry about the snakes...only seen a handful in the dozen or so years I've skied here. Most of the sites in the area see enough traffic that they are pretty shy anyway. You're probably more likely to see an armadillo!
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board

  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,085 Mega Baller
    I put about 250k mqm's in per year and I travel all over the country. If I had the flexibility, I would go to either Dallas or Nashville. The weather rocks in either place and there are tons of places to ski in both. There are also ample other activities in either place. If I had to pick one, it would be Dallas. Florida is awesome but the alligators scare the hell out of me! I do have to give a shout out to Utah. We ski 9 to 10 months out of the year and if u like to snow ski, it can't be beat. The ski clubs in Utah are pretty amazing I must say.
    I ski, therefore I am
  • jdarwinjdarwin Posts: 1,381 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @klindy +1. The DFW area has some of the nicest places (and people).
    Joe Darwin
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,514 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Minneapolis, Fargo or Green Bay.
    Shut up and ski
  • ggincogginco Posts: 101 Baller
    If Utah is getting a plug then Colorado rocks too! 20+ private lakes including 1 in Steamboat, 1 in Vail, 1 near Aspen and 1 within an hour of Telluride. Denver area lakes have 60+ degree water April and October with water temps ranging from the low 70s to the high 80s May through September. You can, if you must, drysuit it early March, November and early December. Sunshine pretty much every day, no humidity, temps rarely over 100, etc. etc. It's world class skiing both on the snow or in the water. I must disclose that, as a Coloradoan, there is an unspoken oath to not suggest more people move here. :)
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,775 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @MS - lol that should take care of the "winter activities"!

    @jdarwin we look at Bossier City as "east DFW" so your included in the mix!!
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board

  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,514 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    @klindy Ice fishing and drinking beer.
    Shut up and ski
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,460 Crazy Baller
    Boise, Idaho seems like it would be pretty sweet. Close to Bogus Basin and Sun Valley. Great weather. Great little city. And a reasonably long waterski season.
  • LazLaz Posts: 354 Solid Baller
    I wish I had this problem.
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Central FL is lousy with lakes and top coaches. Orlando int'l. A/P flies direct to everywhere, and gators don't bother water skiers ... ever.
    www.FinWhispering.com ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • WishWish Posts: 8,423 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    What @SkyJay said!!.....Although its a good year to get into Gators. .....football that is.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • ntxntx Posts: 847 Crazy Baller
    But in Fl you have to deal with all the blue hairs.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,423 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @ntx.....they don't ski. Which leaves more water time for us. :) Win win.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,085 Mega Baller
    i don't know guys, when i bought my ps 2 months ago, we tested it out on a lake that 5 minutes before we skied, a 5 foot alligator jumped into the water right off the friggin dock. Yes, it is true that i have all my limbs still, but that can't be good for your psyche day in and day out, wondering if today is the day that a gator is going to get you!
    I ski, therefore I am
  • SocalWaterSkiSocalWaterSki Posts: 60 Baller
    Wow, I went out for a few turns and look at what this has become...
    @richarddoane - I lived in Alaska for 4 years... decent means no snow on the ground for an extended period of time.
    @estrom - a bit out of my price range. However, BOS'ers can always come ski with me.
    @Chuck_Dickey - There are lakes in AZ? J/K... wife has declared no AZ for us.
    @OB and @SkiJay - I can go to Daytona... maybe Orlando. how's the skiing?
    @klindy - That is a great post. Tons of good info! Dallas is way up on my list.
    @douglaslbrady - How's nashville? I know nothing of the area. Where are some good ski lakes around there?
    @gginco and @ms - too cold. lol
    @jipster43 - Boise has too much snow for my liking...

    This is incredible, thank you all. I owe you all a tow or two
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,286
    Dallas is a great location. Within 4 hours, you also have tournaments in Austin, San Marcos, Houston, and Shreveport. Essentially, a man could ski in a tournament at a top notch site every single weekend between Memorial Day and Labor day. Plus, we're nice here. I can ski any number of places with people I know in Texas. We'll even include @Jdarwin and @skidawg as honorary texans. Erb's already living here for the most part so even though he's a yankee, he's texan now too.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • WishWish Posts: 8,423 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I ski between Orlando and Daytona. Doesn't get much better then around here. Oh and keep the gator stories coming. Just makes for more water time for those that know they are no threat. Oooops. I meant there are vicious attacks by these dinosaurs and they will eat you any chance they get. The local papers are full of stories of skiers...ah...er...I mean wakeboarders being swallowed whole by these beasts. Stay away...stay away...(especially wakeboarders....and jet skiers) ;)
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,775 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    The problem with Idaho or Orlando is their in the corners of the US. It makes just about ANY flight to anywhere miserable. In both cases, you end up having to connect far more often than not. Every time you need to connect takes on average 2 hours longer to get to your destination sometimes much longer. Add the opportunities to miss flights, delays, etc. and the chances of getting inconsistant slalom practice increases exponentially. If your job requires extensive air travel I think that means not only a major aiport but it needs to be a hub airport. With DFW in the middle of the country you can access basically every major city in the US and most smaller cities with an airport within 2-1/2 hours from DFW. With the possible exception of Chicago I don't think that's possible most anywhere else. And there's no comparison between ORD and DFW if that's your destination.

    And while the Orlando area may have lots of waterski opportunities, I'd rather go to the dentist than fly in and out of MCO.

    No brainer....Dallas/Fort Worth. Several houses available on several premium sites currently in the area too.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board

  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,775 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @ShaneH +1 for the tournament scene in the area.

    @SocalWaterSki with the price of houses in TX you can buy a whole lot of house as long as you're not upside down in CA.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board

  • SocalWaterSkiSocalWaterSki Posts: 60 Baller
    I should probably say there is no air travel required. I'm an air traffic controller. I literally need the airport or a tracon (terminal enroute control) nearby. I like dallas because the facility is great, the people are great, and there is apparently quite the ski community.
    I have friends in Daytona, facility is good, but not as good as Dallas.
    Norcal has a GREAT facility.
    I will not be selling my place out here, I have a strange habit of collecting rental houses as I've moved around the country...
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,775 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Ah well that improved the opinion of MCO then too. As a traveler what matters to me is the ease of travel. DFW wins. DFW also ranks high on the community and waterski charts too.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board

  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,384 Mega Baller
    Central Florida and even further south can't be beat for year round skiing! Otown flies to Utah direct for snowskiing in winter...you can be on the mountain by 1pm same day. Lakes are around every corner, and you don't need to be on an exclusive skiing community for there to be perfect slalom courses on lakes---they're everywhere. There's an overabundance of ski schools/coaches should you get in a slump. And MOST important--UCF IS ON THE WAY UP TO THE TOP BABY!!!! Go Nights!
  • WishWish Posts: 8,423 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    There is also the Orlando/Sanford International Airport between Daytona and Orlando. Several international carriers as well as Allegiant Air.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
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