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Moving, Need suggestions

jedgelljedgell Posts: 361 Baller
edited October 2011 in Skis Fins Bindings
My wife is finally graduating from Pharmacy school this spring and has job offers in either Portland or Seattle. We're looking more at Portland, I see that Warman Lake is close by. Are there any other sites close to the city? Is the Warman club easy to join? The other option is Texas, either Austin or Houston. We lived in Houston for 5 years, so I'm familiar with the area. I've been looking at San Marcos River Ranch and Aquaplex, anyone here live at either site? Thanks for the help, we'll be deciding in the next couple weeks where we're going.
Is it wrong that I'm more worried about finding a good place to ski rather than getting myself a job?
Justin Edgell - Bozeman, MT


  • dthatedthate Posts: 182 Baller
    Jed, come to Austin Texas, San Marcos River Ranch, it is beautiful, warm ski year round, pharmacutical and bio med biz is thriving. I am building my dock at SMMR now and will be starting our home in the spring. email me thate dot david at gmail I can show you more, I do design / build and real estate.
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,522 Mega Baller
    jedgell - McWarman lake is really cool and has a good group of skiers, if you & the wife come to check out the Pacific NW (either SEA or PDX), give me a holler and we'll get you a ski ride. Not to bad-mouth TX, but is there water in the Argueplex yet ?
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • dthatedthate Posts: 182 Baller
    San Marcos River Ranch has 4 full and warm lakes
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,445 Crazy Baller
    I don't see how you can lose with any of those choices - unless you snow ski. Then you would have to go with Seattle or Portland. You can waterski year round in either area, but it is dark and grey during the winter months. The waterski folks I've met from Washington/Oregon have all been incredibly stellar humans.

    The drought in Texas scares me. I'm glad to hear SMRR has plenty of water. What about Aquaplex? How are they doing in that department?

    Good luck Justin! We'll see you when you inevitably move back to the last best place!
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,245
    edited October 2011
    Plus, if you like Motorsports, Austin is building a multi million dollar, state of the art Racetrack, that will be hosting the only US Formula One Race, plus other events.
    Also, the people in Texas are some of the best I've ever known. They have an unlimited amount of Quality Tournaments on private ski sites. I would move back there in a heartbeat if I could talk the Wife into it.
    Special Thanks to Performance Ski and Surf and the Denali Adam's !!!
  • jedgelljedgell Posts: 361 Baller
    Richard, do you know if there are any memberships available at Warmans Lake, or if there's a waiting list?
    Justin Edgell - Bozeman, MT
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,445 Crazy Baller
    I'm sure you've seen this, but just in case:

    There used to be a membership cost break-down, but I don't see it on there website any longer.
  • Nick SullivanNick Sullivan Posts: 676 Baller
    Give me a call, you need to come check out Mint Lake. Its close to PDX and I need a new Gold member to ski with. Boat is on a lift in a boat house and the lake is open for use any time. No time slots!

    I'll send you my contact info.
  • EF23EF23 Posts: 55 Baller
    Portland, if you don't mind 6 week summers.. I've been here 35 years, and the weather is getting worse! If you do want to come to portland, my house is for sale 10 min from PDX, and I do ski @ Warman, Awesome Lake! 20 min drive from my house.. send me an e-mail. [email protected]
  • EF23EF23 Posts: 55 Baller
    oh, it's on a lake 5mins from the river, for free sking.
  • jedgelljedgell Posts: 361 Baller
    Thanks for all the help guys. Glad to see there are a couple sites around Portland. The weather in Portland is the biggest concern, but we've been in MT for 5 years, cant be any worse. We wont know all our options for a couple weeks, but at least i'll be able to ski wherever we end up.
    Justin Edgell - Bozeman, MT
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,166
    The Austin/San Antonio area has more private tournament sites within a 4 hour drive than you can count on two hands. Seriously, there is a tournament within 3-4 hours of there every single weekend from mid may through october in Texas. You can find lots for sale on Lakes at Katy, Lago, and Ski Texas in the Houston area too. Or could always ski with us at SSR in Conroe if you moved to the north side of Houston.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • jedgelljedgell Posts: 361 Baller
    Shane, what are lots at Katy going for these days? I skied a couple tournaments at SSR back in '04 or '05, nice place.
    Justin Edgell - Bozeman, MT
  • bherderbherder Posts: 56 Baller
    Jedgell - Google map Eberly Road in Banks Oregon. Turn on satellite view.
  • OldutskierOldutskier Posts: 53 Baller
    A lakes of Katy water lot should run between high 100s and low 200s depending on what improvements are in place. Ski Texas should cost less than 100k. I am not sure about lago santa fe, but I think the lots would be priced in the low 100s.
  • ntxntx Posts: 838 Crazy Baller
    Or.............. you could buy a 3200 sq ft house at Ski Haven in Dallas/ft Worth. 2 lake site 12 total lots with two community boats (ski nautiques) for less than 300,000

    And............. we have water in the lakes.
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,386 Mega Baller
    There is one lot for sale on my lake; olde oaks; bossier city, la. 50k (cost of membership is cheap) email me for info
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,229 Mega Baller
    @ntx that sounds like a steal
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,060 Mega Baller
    Move somewhere warm that you can ski year round.
    Mark Shaffer
  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 375 Solid Baller
    If you are interested in moving to the Austin area call me and I'll give you some feedback. For better or worse I have all the options covered. I live on Lake Austin, own a lot (no house) at Aquaplex and due to the drought currently ski at San Marcos Ski number is 512-263-5165. Ted Thomson.
    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
  • usaski1usaski1 Posts: 752 Crazy Baller
    I still have my house for sale at Aquaplex. The water situation, honistly right now is grim though. It will get better.
    $340K for 2200 sf.

    Mark Turner -- Water skiing changed my life forever.
  • jedgelljedgell Posts: 361 Baller
    So, we found out that my wife can get a job in either Salem, Eugene, or possibly Vancouver, WA. At this point im just concerned with where I'll be able to ski. Are there any sites around Salem or Eugene? I'm pushing for Vancouver
    Justin Edgell - Bozeman, MT
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,445 Crazy Baller
    Sabrina Lake is smack dab in between Salem and Eugene - about 30 miles from both, but there's not much more in the area in terms of tournament skiing. Vancouver is a very short drive from downtown Portland and has quite a few tournament lakes to choose from and is much closer to all the other tournament lakes in Washington. I think I would lean towards Vancouver - but all three of those cities are pretty choice. I don't think you can lose... outside of having to move from Montucky!
  • EF23EF23 Posts: 55 Baller
    My home is for sale! I ski at Warman Lake, we are only 20 minutes away in Fairview, Oregon (right across from Vancouver & Camas, WA, across the Columbia River)

    Here is our listing w/ Remax:

    For More Information: Listing Agent
    Rosalie Tuttle
    Phone: (503) 495-3159

    RMLS Listing No. 11659954
  • jedgelljedgell Posts: 361 Baller
    Thanks JP. I'm hoping Vancouver works out. Is Sabrina Lake a membership lake with a club? Hate to leave MT, hopefully we'll be back in a few years.
    EF, thanks for the listing, nice place.
    Justin Edgell - Bozeman, MT
  • BoodyBoody Posts: 613 Baller
    Warman is an amazing site, great facitility and fun people. They have a website, They have live web cams, current water and air temp too. Oh, and they have a hot tub.

    The wife and I drive up there once or twice a year for their tournaments. As far as tournaments, there are several lakes in the Vancouver area that host tournaments. And you can drive down the freeway to Southern Oregon at our lake, 4 hours away, but warmer. Or Sabrina Lake, 2 hours south.
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,445 Crazy Baller
    I am pretty sure Sabrina is a membership lake, but I can't say for certain. I know someone who used to ski there regularly, but I'm not sure if he was a member or had a friend that was. I'll look into it next time I see him - if someone doesn't chime in on here first.

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