Hi folks, I’d like to move to some proper mountains and I’m looking for some intel. For basics, I’m a single 30 year old woman and I have the option to work fully remote. I currently live in the research triangle area of NC, which is nice and we have some pretty good local trails, but it’s a solid 3-4 hours to get to the real mountains from here. I’m also into rock climbing, and would get back into snowboarding if I were in the right place for it. Here are some of the options I’m considering so far, I’d love any intel on anyone who has spent time riding in these places, or suggestions for other places to put on my radar! I’ll be working with a budget of <$3k/month for rent/mortgage. A fun local art/music scene is also a big plus.
Boulder, CO: I’ve never been but in my head it is a Mecca for outdoors activities. A little concerned about cost of living in CO. Snowboarding access in the winter. Longmont as a suburb option.
Salt Lake City, UT: Prime access to snowboarding in the winter. Ogden or Sandy as suburb options. I wish that I could afford Park City.
Brevard, NC: This option is the most familiar to me as I’ve ridden here a few times. Pisgah trails are sick. It’s a bit “small town” for my tastes but it would be affordable, I have some friends there already, and the move would be the easiest.
Chattanooga, TN: Still staying on the east, I don’t know the MTB trails here but I have visited before and I like the city, it has a reasonable cost of living, well known for prime rock climbing.
I feel like there’s some other places in the West I should be thinking about also (e.g Tahoe area), but I don’t want to get too deep into the desert. I’m not looking at the Northeast. I really just want to FEEL like I’m in the mountains wherever I end up!!