Originally Posted by Conrad51
Baker I can at least fly direct into Seattle (2 1/2 hour drive) but Bellingham is giving me same problem as spokane (2 connections, > 10 hours travel time).
If you choose Seattle as a destination, you'll need a car. If you have a car, you have four places within reasonable driving distance of the city: Alpental, Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, and Mt. Baker.
Baker is the furthest but also has a very large amount of snow. Lately when they say they'll get 5-7 inches they seem to have 12. It's been piling up at a great rate. If you're there for powder skiing, you'd better be fast because it's all tracked out in the first 30 minutes on a decent powder day.
Stevens is closer to town, has a similar amount of advanced/expert terrain as Baker and more blue trails. It does not attract the powder hounds like Baker does so on a good powder day you can find lines all day at this time of year.
Alpental is small with mostly advanced/expert terrain. I haven't skied there on a powder day in many years, but I suspect the slopes are shreded in short order. On the plus side it's only 45 minutes from downtown Seattle.
While I've skied Crystal in the distant past it's a bit far for me. It takes less time to get to Whistler from B'ham, so I choose WB instead. Others can give you information about it, but it's a great hill.
My suggestion is to look toward Crystal or Stevens, or both if you choose to ski in the Cascades.
Go to the menu bar at the top of this page, click on "Resort Guides" and navigate to the places you're thinking of. There is a lot of good information there to help you make decisions.