I was checking flights for a 5 day trip in either the beginning of Feb or the end of Mar. I started looking at the usual suspects (Jackson Hole, Tahoe, SLC, maybe the gathering in WY) and then, for whatever reason, I thought: Seattle. I've always wanted to go to Seattle...and been awestruck by photos of Rainier and Mt. Baker. I searched and most of threads involve people moving to the Seattle area...not too many touristas.
Lo and behold flights from Philly to Seattle are only aapx $250 roundtrip (go figure). Turns out I can get a flight, car, and hotel for not much more than airfare to Jackson or Gellatin. Not to mention the lift prices are pretty reasonable compared to some big resorts. Note: my son, (7y/o) doesn't yet have a passport, so Whistler/BC is out. Lack of a "resort" is not a real deterrent: out here I stay at Magic and my favorite places are Magic, MRG, and Cannon.
It's just me and my 7y/o son; he'll mostly be in all day lessons. (Based on some advice from jaobrien (THANKS))...I'm thinking, arrive Seattle on a Thurs (there's a flight landing around noon) and drive to White Pass...ski Fri and Sat. Then drive to Auburn and spend the night...wake up early and head to Crystal...ski Crystal on Sunday and Monday and return to Seattle either Mon night or Tues morning for our flight home.
Is this a reasonable plan? Should I be thinking something else? Stevens and Baker are pretty legendary...but I think that adds lots of driving and don't know if it's that much worth it. Not interested in any out-of-bounds or touring as I'm by myself...and it would be a bit traumatic for the boy if I failed to pick him up at the end of the day. I know about the finnicky weather (which is why I picked two possible dates); hoepfully, one includes snow or sun...and not rain.
Any advice you can give...even if it's: "go somewhere else"...would be appreciated.
Thanks for any help/advice,