Originally Posted by vickieh
I'll be leaving DC next month and moving to Portland, Oregon.
Did the same move 12 years ago.
Common feature of DC and Portland is the active neighborhoods. Portland, has a lot of neighborhoods where there is a "town center" of shops, coffee bistros, sidewalk seating, farmer's markets, outdoor movies. So each neighborhood has a community feel to it.
For skiing, you'll get your weekend fix at Mt. Hood, decent but relatively low, small areas. You can make a weekend out of Bachelor if you stay over in Bend for the night. Same with Crystal in the North. Both share Hood's PacNW issues, low, windy but you'll get a fun season in. If you mix it with big time skiing, Whistler to the North 6 hours or Park City to the East, 12 hours but there is the PDX to Park City personal interstate I-84 so you can blast it. Tahoe's a 10 hour shot South.
I'll get a 10 pass for Hood Meadows and then 10 days at Whistler (drive) and 10 days at PC (fly). Hood to practice and work on stuff and then do the big mountains.
Bottom line for skiing is that PDX is a huge step up from DC. Good local mountain in Hood, good weekenders in Bachelor and Crystal and easy access to Whistler, Tahoe and PC for extended trips.