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Good evening,

I am in the process or relocating to Colorado, preferably a short commute to cooper mtn. I recently got a job in the area and looking for 2 bedroom apartment for under 1,200 a month. I am also in the process of getting a new mountain bike, for single track and light lift service runs. Any recommendations on towns or places to live by, and adequate mountain bike for single track in the area would he greatly appreciated!

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What do you consider a short commute?

You've likely identified the closest, many live in Leadville though which is cheaper and not that far from Copper.
 

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I've talked to someone who had a 2 bedroom in Dillion for under 1,200. Are the roads in good shape in winter between Dillion and breck/cooper?
How long is the commute in winter ?
 

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I've talked to someone who had a 2 bedroom in Dillion for under 1,200. Are the roads in good shape in winter between Dillion and breck/cooper?
How long is the commute in winter ?

Just want to clear up something. There are two ski areas near Summit that have similar names:

1) Copper Mountain - large resort 11 miles from Dillon
2) Ski Cooper - smallish(but cool) ski hill 10 miles from Leadville, about 40 miles from Dillon.

Assuming you are talking about Copper Mountain, the drive in winter may be 15 minutes, or 45 minutes, depending on weather and traffic. About the same to Breck. There are free buses from Dillon to both Copper Mountain and Breck. I personally would not drive that commute without 4WD, but I'm sure someone will jump on saying they did it for years with an unloaded 2WD pickup with bald tires and had no problem. (Except for the 17 times they forgot about where they bummed a ride, and the three times they went into the ditch but their buddy with a Jeep pulled them out.)
 

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If you live in Dillon/Silverthorne, you can commute by bike to Copper. Might need some extra float in the winter. There are paved bike trails from Silverthorne to Copper. Avoid the traffic through Officer's Gulch and enjoy the massive slickensides on the east end of the gulch.

As for a 2 bed apartment for $1,200--good luck.
 

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I already found one for around 1,200 in Dillion. Is there any disadvantages about living in Dillion?
Sure. Your neighbors and/or roomates will try to steal your girlfriend and/or gear any chance they get. You'll have to smell your neighbors/roomates as well. Then, when you go to the bar you'll most likely find a group of dudes that want you to give them a ride in your A4 or subaru to this "spot" that they know sells good drugs. :cool:

If your job is really at Ski Cooper, oh man did you pick a winner. Welcome to the most boring winter of your life. If you are willing to embrace your inner ******* you'll have a better time.

BTW, Vermont and NY looking to be ski bums do better in Jackson Hole. I highly recommend it. Try Aspen as well. :cool:

Honestly though. The moves you are making are done by hundreds every year here. Isn't there a handbook for being a ski bum in Summit County by now? BTW, please bring your Vermont girlfriend. The zombies here need fresh meat.
 

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I already know it's a meat wagon haha. Looking for seasonal housing for the summer, I already have a condo lined up in Breckenridge for the winter. I am more or a ski bum then a mountain biker, so I could careless about a "boring" winter... Did you comprehend that part where I said I was from Vermont ? Judging by your expertise, you should write a book.
 

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Oh yeah, I visited Jackson Hole in Feb. I would say it's more of a meat wagon then Co. Plus, there not much to do in the summer, compared to a some what populated area in CO.
 

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Let me rephrase that. There plenty of stuff to do if you want to spend every minute outdoors, nothing wrong with that. Your nearest city is 3-4 hours away. Worse part is how much traffic/ tourist there is in the summer..
 
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Let me rephrase that. There plenty of stuff to do if you want to spend every minute outdoors, nothing wrong with that. Your nearest city is 3-4 hours away. Worse part is how much traffic/ tourist there is in the summer..
I'll give you some of that - tourist traffic and the havoc they cause in the grocery store is hard to deal with. I lived there a for a few years a while (well, quite a while~15 yrs) back and must have blocked all the bad things from my old-man memory.
 

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Leadville is a real mountain town. Dillon/silverthorne is a shopping zone for tourists.

Seems like you know what you want so just figure out the rest when you get here. Why ask questions to strangers on the internet? Entertainment?

Buy a used mtn bike when you get here. Craigslist here is saturated with awesome bikes.
 

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Your right. Why would anyone join a forum to ask questions.. Stupid me.:)
thanks for the info, I didn't really think about the amount of bikes on craigslist.
 

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I don't see where you answered the Cooper vs Copper question?
It will definitely change some of the answers, depending...
 

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Hope you like your mountains completely tracked by 9:30 am. The riding here in the spring/summer/fall (all of which fits into about 2.5 months) is awesome, though.
 

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In this day and age, about every place gets tracked out in a few hours, give or take. I have a splitboard so I could less on how crowded the lift lines get. :)
 
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