Originally Posted by TexasD-90
My wife and I are moving to Salt Lake City in July. I am just looking for anyone who can give me some advice on jobs, housing, and recreation. I have never even been there,
You lucky SOB. I will always be a Texas boy but I really can't wait to move back to Northern Utah someday. As soon as I find a senior-level network security or software development job, I'm packing the 90.
There's so much to do there and the people are so friendly. You're gonna have a great time.
To answer your questions:
Jobs: I always had my best luck finding jobs on Monster.com but I've also used a niche site
for my industry to find work. Depending on what you do, you might also consider a commute to Provo/Orem for the right job. A lot of people carpool.
Housing: If you truly want the mountain experience and want to live in a town fit for a Land Rover, get a place in Park City. I lived up there and absolutely loved it. It's pricier than SLC but the lifestyle is worth it, IMHO. It's a small mountain town with three world-class ski resorts surrounding it. There's great dining and nightlife and the commute down to SLC is not too bad. When I lived there, I worked down in Provo which made for an interesting drive through Kimball Junction, Heber City, and the mountains every morning. If Park City is too much for you, find a place in SLC near the mountains. It's still a great place to live.
Recreation: You're surrounded by it. In the winter, you have skiing and snowboarding at any of the kickass resorts within an hour's drive (lots of em). For a cheaper day of fun, get a pair of snowshoes and head up to any one of the many canyons in the Wasatch range. When the snow starts melting and the ground turns muddy, pack up your Rover and mountain bikes and head south for Moab. Late winter is one of the best times to go to Southern Utah. Once summer rolls around, there's tons of four-wheeling in pretty much any direction you drive. There's great mountain biking in the mountains above Park City. You can pack up the truck and take a short day's drive north to Jackson Wyoming, the Teton range, and Yellowstone. There's whitewater kayaking all over the place. There's enough mountaineering and camping areas to keep you busy for years.
I'm really jealous, man. I think I'm going to go cruise Monster.com now.