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    Posted: Jan/14/2012 at 11:40am
Started snowboarding a couple of weeks ago and I'm addicted. Problem is, I'm moving to Florida in about a month. Is there any hope or am I stuck with a ton of traveling every time I want to ride?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2012 at 11:51am
Don't go!!!!! FL is about as far from snow as U can get in the US basically!!! The closest places to U will be in NC... maybe GA (I think there are a few resorts there)  But, they get so little snow and have such short seasons......  The only option is to travel.  So, U may as well just go to CO.  It's def going to mean a lot of traveling.  Which could be awesome!  But also $$$$$$$$$.

I say don't go to FL.  It's an awful place anyways. LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2012 at 11:51am
Have you seen a geographical map of the United States before?

Alright now that I'm done laughing at you in my head. Of course you'll have to travel, it's florida. Not only is there a lack of mountainous terrain but it's a very warm climate. Only exception is if there is a "snowflex" facility down there which I do not believe there is. I think one of the only one's is in lynchburg, VA.
Closest ski resorts are probably in North Carolina. The NC slopes I've been to were alright but nothing too special - If I were you I'd run the cost of gas and compare it to any cheap deals to fly out west. It would be more worth it to take a couple of epic trips than a handful of mediocre or crappy ones.

Or you could always pick up surfing if you're living near the beach in Florida.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2012 at 12:15pm
Oh wow, Florida has a warm climate?! I had no idea. I was thinking along the lines of an indoor or snowflex park, but I guess I could have been more specific. The place in lynchburg is just a couple of hours from where I live now, so I wasn't sure how rare they are. Thanks for the info about NC, sarcasm could use a little more effort next time.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2012 at 12:30pm
depends on where you live in FL, but, overall, I thought it was pretty kick ass. 

I lived near the beach in Ft. Lauderdale for a few years and it was like living on a tropical island - warm, clear blue water and they even had some surfable sloppy windswell waves every couple of weeks.

The inland and northern parts of FL are not so great - extremely hot/humid in spring, summer and fall, swarming with mosquitoes and gaint flying roaches.  Contrary to popular belief, winter occasionally gets below freezing (but no snow and no hills)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2012 at 1:07pm
it's kind of a trade off. You can trade the nearby snowboarding and mountains for sunny beaches and surfing nearby. Honestly, it would be an ok trade off to be able to be near some beaches. Just fly to the mountains ever year or so...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/16/2012 at 9:48am
There's a small slope in AL called Cloudmont. Otherwise NC (Cataloochee / Beech / Sugar / App / Wolf) or Ober Gatlinburg are your closest shots.


And yeah, Liberty Snowflex is the only one in the US...unless that's changed recently.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/17/2012 at 3:08pm
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And yeah, Liberty Snowflex is the only one in the US...unless that's changed recently.


I remember reading one opened or is opening in CA, NV, or somewhere around there recently.

And a mega-mall in NJ should have one in like a year. Who knows for sure though because they were projected to open a year ago and they've had funding issues, now the new date is 2013.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/17/2012 at 3:28pm
Cloudmont in Alabama is a joke.  They get only 12 inches of annual snowfall, their snowmaking is as minimal as it gets and have only 2 beginner runs - definitely a locals only hill.

with all due respect, I would consider all the southeast resorts "locals only", too.  If you're gonna travel from FL for snow, skip the 10+ hr drive and just get on the plane to Colorado or similar western mega mountains.

for me, surfing is just as fun as snowboarding, so it wouldn't bother me at all living down there...well, I'd have to live under an hour drive from an atlantic beach (the gulf rarely gets surfable waves)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/17/2012 at 4:07pm
Try surfing maybe...
Or don't move, i dont think i could ever give up boarding!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/19/2012 at 5:09pm
Im in Orlando, FL. And thats what u you have to deal with. I usually fly somewhere to snowboard a few times a year. You can also drive up to NC its about 8 hr or so away.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/19/2012 at 5:23pm
Yep. I'm on the left coast, North of Tampa. Driving is pointless. Hop on a plane whenever you can. I usually get one good trip per year, usually 10 or so days on the slopes. You can get direct flights to CO from Tampa International, and be door to door in half a day, rather than a full day of driving to Tennessee or some other ice ridden East Coast state.  It's getting time to start taking 2 trips per year though. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/19/2012 at 6:29pm
it would prob be best if you take a plane cuz it's way too far to drive
like other people said, you could try surfing
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/19/2012 at 6:39pm
Why are you moving to Florida anyways? Just stopit.
I'm just sayin'....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/09/2012 at 9:32am
Nothing worth driving to in the south.  I live in georgia and take trips out west yearly.  closest hill that is big enough and has snow is chatalooch and i would rather not. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/07/2012 at 9:43am
I was throwing the idea of moving to Florida around and it was an option but when it came down to it my wife and I decided it is not the place for us because if the distance to snow. It is really cheap down there and super beautiful but I couldn't live with out snowboarding.
Hoping to move back to Southern CA where you can snowboard, skate and surf all in the same day
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/07/2012 at 10:55am
^^That's my thoughts too when anyone brings up me moving to a warm place.  I can't live without the snow.  I really think I wouldn't make it long before I flipped out.  So Cal seems like such a perfect place.  Warm and sunny most of the time (so surfing and skateboarding would be year round) and yet there's some pretty nice mountains too (so I could shoot up all the snow I wantBig smile).  Downfall seems to be high cost of living (it'd be sticker shock for a mid-west boy) and too many damn people.  My area has a high amount of dumbasses, all I need is to live where there's even more (morons seem to outnumber the good people globally).
duck- I'd say if you can't get out of moving that yep, unfortunately going to be going to probably NC to find the nearest snow worth riding.  Like others have said- start surfing.  Try skateboarding (I suck at it, but it gets me through the summer).  Even if you don't do all the flippy tricky stuff just find a park with a bowl, a pool, or a half.  Even just banks and trannys are funny to roll on (if you're lame like meConfused). 
 
 You could also try Freebording.  If you're not firmilar with them check out freebord.com or search it on youtube. 
 
 If the concrete ain't your gig, try wakeboarding.  Make friends w/ some wakeboarders and get out there.  I'm pretty sure there's winch parks in FL.  So you wouldn't even have to have a boat.  Could even build your own winch for a few hundred and just put a butt ton of line on it.  I've seen people with damn near a mile of line on their winches.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/07/2012 at 11:24am
Originally posted by woodhomie1996

I was throwing the idea of moving to Florida around and it was an option but when it came down to it my wife and I decided it is not the place for us because if the distance to snow. It is really cheap down there and super beautiful but I couldn't live with out snowboarding.
Hoping to move back to Southern CA where you can snowboard, skate and surf all in the same day
conceivably, you could do that...but, practically, you're not. 

Any residence in So Cal that's not San Bernardino or east LA is going to be too long a drive for the only man-made snow at their crowded resorts. Hell, even the drive from San Bernardino would seem like a gridlock nightmare for anyone who's not used to the congested driving conditions down there.

Surfing in So Cal (Newport to Santa Monica) is just as bad, if not worse.  There are relatively few decent (not closed out) surf spots and, like snowj said, horrible overpopulation down there means HEAVY competition for good waves...plus you won't be able to afford living anywhere near the beach and will still have to drive quite a distance (most likely in gridlock).

...which leaves skateboarding.  You can skate anywhere.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/07/2012 at 2:27pm
I lived in Huntington Beach for 5 years and made the trip to big bear/summit twice a week and sometimes to mt. high.
Where I live in Pennsylvania I live 5 miles from our local mountain but the terrain that I ride is not fun, the vertical drop is only 700 ft.
I really miss it in California. I am applying to so many jobs to get my family back out there (in due time)
I don't actually surf but it is a cool concept that you could potentiality to all there activities.
I liked riding my fixed gear and the roads in Southern California are so nice compared to where I live now.

My favorite thing when we were in Huntington Beach was leaving super early to go snowboarding during a nice storm and coming home and having a bonfire or a bbq.
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