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  1. Gurney

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    What do you think are the top 10 "Mountain Bike" cities in the USA?
    I am looking for cities that have it all. XC, all mountain, DH and lift access (within a 2hr drive).

    The reason I am asking is that my wife and I are currently living in Fairbanks, AK and moving within the next 2 years.
    I would like our next and hopefully last move to be to a mecca of sorts, thanks.
     
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  2. chillindrdude

    chillindrdude Turbo Monkey

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    vancouver (not in US, but my top choice)

    Boulder

    Seattle

    Portland (primarily as a city closest to Bend)

    bend, or (not really a city)

    NYC (before you laugh, there are good xc/am/lift served dh all within 1-1.5hr drive)

    lake tahoe (not really a city either)
     
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  3. NCBMXPRO

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    I think Asheville, North Carolina would be a lock in the Top 5, maybe 3, but I just have not been to too many bike destination spots. Only down fall would be lift access.

    Lake Tahoe 1 or 2?
     
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  4. Gurney

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    We lived in Vancouver/Squamish for 12yrs, and while it is probably one of my top 10 too, the housing market makes it really unattractive. The reason we are looking at cities in the USA, is that her career opportunities are greater then in Canada.
     
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    Burlington, VT?
     
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    Asheville
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    Western Mass(region)
    CO frontrange(region)
    PA/WV border
    Reno(yuck)
    Seattle seems nice.
    If you were young broke and single Portland would be the place to be though.
    I know nothing about the world west of the Sierras. It weirds me out enough crossing the Mississippi.
     
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    Bellingham, WA. Probably the number 1 city in the U.S. for MTB.
     
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    believe it or not Pittsburgh has got to be up there...we have so much singletrack so close to the city its crazy...and the riding outside in the north and east is fantastic.

    Not a mecca but very good.
     
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    I would say that is number 1 - housing is rediculous though
     
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    Boulder isn't very MTB friendly. (Yes, I do understand we have some trails but we also have beautiful trail-less mountains sitting there mocking us.)
     
  11. Gurney

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    I have heard great things about Pittsburgh, what is the city like?
     
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    My personal list would be something like

    1. Bellingham
    2. Bellingham
    3. Bellingham
    4. Anywhere in colorado that's close to the sol vista, keystone, winter park triangle. Except for boulder.....that place blows for any bike riding that's not on a goofy ass 29er or a fixie.
    5. Tahoe
    5.5 Asheville
    6. Sedona
    7. Moab
     
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    Sick dirtjump spots. That's about it :D
     
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    I allways keep hearing about it so Im curious. How much would be a 2 room flat be worth in different areas of the city? For example on the outskirts but still acessible by public transport and under <1h to get to the center (where I live in Warsaw now)
     
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    Bellingham is all fall line chunder fest, with no flow. And too many hippies. Don't move here.
     
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    I only mentioned it because it's so close to the flat drop, fall line, ass-dragging, shltty lip to no landing, buy a dh bike to ride on logs, rickety two by four balancing act of awesomeness that is vacouver's famous northshore.
     
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    The city is different than most people think, quickly becoming a technology hot spot...Housing is affordable, tons of GREAT Restaurants - they just finished filming batman here of all movies. Only downside is the maniac sports fans that can be idiots, gets to be a bit much.

    I mean hell we just finished a public freeride park a few miles outside of the city.
     
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    1. Roxbury NY

    2. Moab, Utah

    3. Fruita, Colorado

    4. Asheville, North Carolina

    5. East Burke, Vermont

    6. Park City, Utah

    7. Lake Tahoe, Calif

    8. Lake Placid, NY
     
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    If NF and Galby closed is there other riding in Bellingham?
     
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    Public transportation? Its in North America. Our public transportation blows compared to what Europe has.

    Average house price in Van is ~$740,000 CDN. No idea what an apartment costs. My sis rents a place the size of a closet in downtown Van for ~$1000/month.

    If you go further east out into the valley the prices are better but you have to have a vehicle to get anywhere.
     
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    Holy shlt.

    Does that at least come with a hockey stick to pound on cars with?
     
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    Phoenix, AZ no lifts but we have shuttles of the S. Mountain which has great DH runs (non-private) 4 times a week...
     
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    You know Vancouver is in Canada eh?
     
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    1) Ashland OR (my hometown)
    2)Bellingham WA
    3) Boulder CO (my college home)
    4) Grand Junction CO
    5) Moab UT
    6) Truckee CA
    7) SF Bay Area
    8) Auburn CA (for decent dh and proximity to downieville)
    9) Bend OR
    10) Government Camp OR

    Theres my Top 10, grew up in the bay area and theres not much but you can get really good riding close by and the whole city of SF is amazing. Now i live in Ashland and its the best, most amazing DH and the most amazing All mountain riding all on 1 mountain all 5 minutes from my front door. Did i mention my rides usually drop 5000 feet? Boulder is great for biking if you know where to look, the legal local trails get played out but its close to Nederland and Idaho Springs and 2 hours from all the resorts. Grand Junction was just a place that i visited that had a ton of all mountain riding, truly amazing stuff. Government Camp is close to Portland and has Post Canyon, skibowl, mt hood and all sorts of other stuff. Bend has lots of amazing all mountain riding. Truckee is awesome for riding if you can handle the winters... Cant really go wrong on the west coast, just stay away from the eco-nazi's in their prius's and youll be fine...
     
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    That's insane. Isn't that more than london which is known for being a silly expensive city? I was suprised because Warsaw is catching up and flat/house prices are supposedly high on the top euro lists.

    I wonder what's the base for avg house price. I know that you have to pay 8k PLN(2500 CAD) for every square meter of flat, 2-3x for an apartment (ie something bigger with a luxury badge).
     
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    Anywhere in VT has got to be way up there. Between the mill pond trails (or whatever they're called), pittsfield, and Burke, you've got some incredible trails. Throw in Burke MT, Killington, and Snow, with Bromont not much further, and you've got some great lift trails nearby. Hell, Whiteface is just over the lake.

    The east coast definitely has some good riding, and anywhere in New England gives you great access to a huge variety of lifts, not to mention singletrack, but you'll have to drive.
     
  27. batts65

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    I am near Albany NY, plenty of trail riding all around.

    Plattekill about 1.5 hours
    Jiminy Peak about 1 hour
    Mount Snow about 1.5 hours
    Killington about 2 hours
    Whiteface a little over 2 hours
    Diablo about 3 hours
    Bromont about 3.5 hours
    Highland about 3.5 hours

    Job market is not horrible, housing prices are stable, property taxes suck.
     
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    yes, i know van is not in US, i just didn't fully read the original post.

    and when you mean city, do you simply mean criteria interms of population? or do you want all the amenities and activities of a metropolitan city? (ie theaters, museums, cultural events, good restaurants/bars, nightlife)
     
  29. Jim Mac

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    I'm from here as well, and am a full backer of what Steve said. XC/AM is all over the place here as well. Awesome trail riding in the Helderberg escarpment in Albany county, awesome trails in Saratoga, Rensselaer County (just east of MA), less than an hour to the lower ADK trails, close (1 hour) proximity to great trail systems in the Hudson Valley/Catskills and Western MA.
     
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    and can you imagine I want off the east coast. I just might need to go farther north.
     
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    I live in central vermont and the riding is great.

    I can be at 9 lift accessed resorts in under 3 hours. and a few more just over 3 hours

    Killington-20 minutes
    sugarbush- 1 hour
    mount snow- 1 hour
    whiteface- 2 hours
    highland- 2 hours
    jimminy peak- 2 hours
    burke- 3 hours
    Bromont-3 hours
    plattekill- 3 hours

    Also there is plenty of good trail riding to be had.

    Pine hill park- 5 minutes
    pittsfield- 30 minutes
    trails in burlington 2 hours
    kingdom trails- 3 hours

    those are just some of the bigger ones there are trail all over.
     
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    Guess we should define what you consider a "city."

    Fwiw, Montreal has:

    Bromont - 1hr
    Burke, VT - 2.5hr
    Whiteface - 2hr

    and is generally a bike friendly city, with a good bike culture.
     
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    Yes, I guess I should have defined a city.
    We would be looking at cities that a have a university/college, as my wife is an academic in the making.
    Regardless of what we define as a city, thanks for the input.
     
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    dude where are you in VT that burke is 3 hours away? I come from Boston and it takes me 3.5 hours to get there. It takes me Two hours just to get to vermont, whether I go west Via 2 or north via 93. I'm confused...
     
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    I can see Pittsburgh is realitively unknown in the mountain bike scene other than to the locals as already stated. Just about every city and county park in the Pittsburgh area has mountain bike trails, even parks in the city limits. There is a wide variety of terrain too. From fast and flowy to technical and rocky. Like stated, there is a free public freeride area, with a freeride trail, a dirt jump line and some practice skinnies. As for lift access, 7 springs is about an hour and half drive from town. While short on elevation, it is very fun and they add more every year. For technical DH, Wisp and Timberline are 2 and 3 hours, respectively, away. For a little bit of everything in the bike park, Snowshoe is about 4 hours away, and offers fast and flowy jump lines and some pretty technical natural trails.



    Pittsburgh, has a number of universities and colleges in the city. CMU is probably tops in the technology and engineering fields, as well as art. University of Pittsburgh for Medicine. My wife and I just moved to the suburbs south of the city after spending the past year and a half in ohio and are happy to back in PA. My wife grew up in a more rural area of PA, and the hardest part of our new home for her is driving. The roads around the suburbs and more urban areas are much busier and less direct than what she is use to.
     
  36. woodsguy

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    Burlington, VT belongs on that list. Very cool small city on a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, great bike scene (road and mtn), close to great skiing/snowboarding, reasonable housing, and driving distance to Boston and Montreal.
     
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    Except for the 4.5 Million other reasons not to live there and hotter than the blazes of hell. Why have you guys not found a new place to shuttle down there?
    South mountain way too crowded
     
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    east coast ny cause its closests to bromont
     
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    I'm from rutland. your right its probably closer to 2 or 2 and a half. it takes an hour for me just to get to 93. I dont go there that often so its just a guess. roads in VT are very good going north and south. east and west is different. lots of back roads and farm land.
     
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    in general though new england & the PNW are my favorite life/ride balance areas in the country...Colorado and Utah are awesome but i'm not sure if i would live in either, very land locked.