It seems like much of what I have read recently is about the Pacific Northwest getting hammered by huge snowfalls making for some great early season skiing.
Is this early season snow usually indicative of an epic season to come? ie: When it snows early there is that telling of a weather pattern that continues into the rest of the season?
Suggestions on where to head if flying into Seattle or Portland?
What I need:
Great slack-country... steeps, powder, trees...
A few cold beers...
What I do not need:
Fancy stuff (resort, hotel, restaurants...)
off-slope activities (we ski hard and then pretty much fall asleep)