In all seriousness, the PNW kills anyplace I have ever skied in CO for both quantity and quality. Maybe Steamboat is vastly different? I'm happy to go find out . Nonstop ups the odds of that a lot. And there is definitely something to be said for bluebird now and again, vs non-stop storm skiing. But all in all, those in the know do not leave the PNW for "snow" unless we are having a dry spell or are drowning in a pineapple express cycle. The one big thing missing that would cause Cascade snow's reputation to match its reality is an 8 or 9 figure marketing budget.
Even so, I'm stoked to check out Steamboat when the moment is right. Maybe we can make it a group thing. But as I said before - I'll leave the PNW to escape a down cycle here, or to ski with people I want to meet, or to get a bit of blue sky, or just to check out someplace new. But on average, I won't find more or better snow when I leave the PNW. Just the way it is.
Oh - as noted above by TC, the Steamboat crew might want to come check things out over here. It may not be what you expect.... Seems like the flight could be a win-win if it sticks around.
Traveling isn't just about finding more and better snow (... well, sometimes it is). I've chased snow before, sure, but I just like checking out other places. I've often left better snow here to go somewhere else, it's just how it works unless you plan last minute. And it's pretty much impossible to plan with a group last minute, you're lucky to get one other person to go with you if you are leaving at the drop of a hat. So ... you plan ahead, travel with a group, drink lots of ullr and pray some too, and just enjoy yourself if the weather isn't the greatest.
It's no lie, Steamboat is really nothing special without fresh snow. The town is cool, I guess, the people are nice, you can maybe hit some backcountry or something, but it is no Snowbird or Jackson Hole, that's to be sure.