Originally Posted by abisson
First of all, living in Seattle imo will be a pain if I work in Redmond. The commute everyday is going to be somewhat of a pain no? I do not think it is worth it...?!
It depends a little on where in Seattle you live, but it's definitely not the easiest commute going across 520. The MS connector bus that was mentioned is probably your best option if you choose to live in Seattle. Which you pick depends on your priorities. Do you want to be in a more suburban area, having to drive everywhere you want to go, but being closer to both work and the mountains? Or do you want to be in a more urban area, have access to stuff you can walk to in your neighborhood, but being farther from work and the mountains? It's just a personal choice.
In my terms with MS, I will have either 12 days of free car rentals, or I can rent a monthly car for 370$ per month. I was therefore wondering how long is the ski season in Seattle? If the good snow is usually in Jan/Feb and I will be coming in January 8th, then I will take the 12 free days, as this will mostly cover Jan/Feb. BUT, I could also take the rental car for only 3 months (out of my 4 at MS).
I think if you're living in Redmond or Seattle, there's a decent chance you're going to want a car. You're going to be spending a short period of time in a new part of the country and probably want to get out and see as much as you can. However, I think it's going to be pretty much mandatory in Redmond. In Seattle, if you pick the right neighborhood, you can definitely get by without a car and use the 12 free days when you want to get out of town.
As for the length of the ski season, Pousane pretty well covered it. I've only been living in Seattle for 4 years now, so I don't have as much experience to pull from, but I'd say that the later season usually gets more, bigger dumps. I'd agree that Feb/Mar are usually better than Dec/Jan, and even April can be fantastic.
I could also just wait and see what other people at MS do?!
Probably not a bad idea at all.