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Things To Do When Visiting Southwest Colorado

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Sometimes I complain about living in a small town. There aren’t big events, huge shopping selections or cultural experiences. What we lack in modern amenities, though, we make up for in scenery and outdoor activities. If your idea of a fun vacation is swishing down the slopes or hiking above treeline, southwest Colorado would be nirvana. Here are a few hidden and not so hidden gems from my backyard. How Do You Get To Southwest Colorado? Southwest Colorado is a hard place to get to, but well worth it if you make the effort. The best option, in my opinion, is to fly into Durango, Colorado if at all possible. Durango is a small regional airport, but offers daily flights on American/US Airways to Phoenix and Dallas or United to Denver.  If  you collect miles for free travel, it’s pretty easy to score awards by using Chase Ultimate Reward points, or one of the United or American Airlines cards. If you can’t make it into Durango, Albuquerque, NM is the closest major airport and is about a 4 hour drive. Let’s say you have 5 days and you are coming in the summer. A winter trip would certainly have to ...

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Making an Extra $600 For Ski Passes

A few weeks ago, my family challenged ourselves to come up with enough extra income to buy ski passes for Telluride this year. We needed $600 to allow us to go three times. We do have money in savings that we could have used, but that’s really no fun. This is certainly a want, not a need, so we felt raising money was a better option. We haven’t been skiing in Telluride for a while due to cost and the fact that we were paying off credit card debt. Now since that’s done, we get to have some fun again. How did we do with our extra income? Freelance/Side Hustle Money Jim made $200 in landscaping money. Sadly, he has another $100 coming for a few end of the season tasks, but there won’t be any more yard mowing until next summer. If only I could talk him into shoveling snow……. Another fun benefit of landscaping for a side gig is that you can tell people that’s your job. If salesmen think you have a high income, they try to sell you lots of things. If they think you mow yards, they leave you alone! I also made $150 by ...

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Pros and Cons of Living in a Ski Resort Town

One of the wonderful things about living on the west slope of Colorado is how close we are to several world class ski resorts. If you’ve even been to a ski town, you know how quaint and idyllic they seem. I’ve had the pleasure of working in Telluride for the past 13 years. While I’ve never lived there, I think I have a pretty good idea about what it takes to be a permanent resident in a ski resort town. It’s always fun to visit, but do you really want to live there? Pros of Living in a Ski Town Outdoor Recreation– Obviously, if you are living in a ski town, you probably ski or like outdoor activities. Even in summer, the mountains are your playground. It’s perfect for people who like to run 365 days in a row. People in ski towns are usually way more active than in most places, so health and longevity are better. Scenery– You can wake up to amazing views every day. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when elk live in your back yard and you’re able to watch  Alpenglow every evening. Higher Wages– Entry level and laborer type jobs generally ...

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