Hi guys, I have spent a lot of time on Google and also this forum, but can't settle on the best place to ... settle. I will be arriving in Canada with a 2-year work visa in the middle of October. My goal is to enjoy all-year-round mountain activities - downhill skiing, xc skiing, snowshoeing (and potentially mountaineering) etc in winter... multi-day hiking/camping, wilderness backpacking, road cycling, MTB (xc and downhill), rock-climbing etc in shoulder/summer seasons. Am I asking for much??? I am travelling with my brother - we are 35 and 31 yrs old. We aren't looking to party like we're 29 again , but enjoy beers and socialising occasionally. I'll be honest - he enjoys beers and socialising.. I enjoy 'me' time but definitely willing to socialise more overseas. Point being, experiencing the mountain activities is the priority. We'll be heading over with relatively healthy savings, but we'd prefer not to have to dig into them just to get by. Plan on using savings for special treats (eg, touring Colorado/States, NYC, Quebec, lessons, special activities at the mountain etc).. Have heard mixed reports in terms of income - someone I know saved a good amount of money in her time at Silver Star. We are both managers at large and busy pubs, which will hopefully hold us in good stead for employment (not that we're solely looking to manage pubs - happy to return to my bartending days for a while, or enter a new or related industry). Any tips welcome. Initially, I was for on-mountain living, but now I'm leaning towards a township. My skiing level is low-mid intermediate but I intend having lessons on arrival and expect to progress fairly quickly. My brother went over many years ago to WB with slightly lower level than myself and came back well advanced. Said he progressed very quickly after a few lessons. We will also take lessons in backcountry skiing (combining our other passion - hiking), avalanche awareness etc. I expect most of our skiing after the early weeks, will be off-piste. If I was ranking activities by priority: - Skiing - Multi-day hiking - Road cycling - XC skiing - XC riding - The rest Our hearts had been set on Revelstoke but concerns about cost v income have risen. Fernie is an option (with KH etc), but concerns about snow quality (am I being ridiculous here? possibly too much reading).. Silver Star and Sun Peaks (on-mountain living might get a bit too claustrophobic for me but will to try it if they seem the best options otherwise).. Then there is Rossland and Nelson and whatever else?! ... I have to admit, the more I read the more Nelson is starting to look the standout, with its easy access to Whitewater and Red Mountain (although my understanding is separate ski passes for each, which could be costly). Being a regular town appeals (as there are also options like squash(!) , swimming etc) - we intend on buying a vehicle so no issue there. Given our desire to purchase a lot of outdoor gear for camping, climbing, riding etc as well as our snow gear and equipment, the vicinity to the States is appealing to save $! I understand the mountain is very undeveloped, and while I have fondly envisaged sitting up on a mountain, beer in hand, watching the skiers go by and appreciating all the glory of the mountain in the warmth of a cafe/bar, it's not essential! I'm concerned that my brother will be more concerned about the lack of apres skiing and he might take some convincing. My apologies for the long post... It's my first time heading to Canada and my first time heading to any international mountain resort. I'm practically a novice/totally ignorant in all respects. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated!! If I can settle on a location, then we can start taking care of job applications, accommodation, early bird season passes etc. Cheers Jeepers, just saw how long my post is ... tl;dr Looking for the best overall location for year-round mountain activities: Skiing, XC skiing, multi-day hiking/camping, road cycling, XC MTB etc.