First, Welcome to Epic CrystalMt. You will meet people here that you will ski with from time to time and maybe someone you can ski with regularly.
Go to your Profile and look on the right side and groups of skiers will be listed. Assuming you are from Washington you will see Northwest and Inland NW. These sites will get active come November and subscribe/join and participate in the conversations. You will meet people and see groups saying i.e., ...be at Crystal thurs anyone going ?..... I have never met anyone here on Epic that was so narcisstic that they wouldn't welcome a newbie - after all that is part of what skiing IS meeting new and interesting people and skiing new lines and new hills with them. You will look back 5 years from now and smile on how many true friends you have made.
As another example. Reading and following posts and forums I learned that ie. sibhusky really knew Whitefish, when my good friend and I visited I contacted sibhusky and we were met on the mountain and skied with SH almost all day. From there we went to Fernie and met another bear there and got the royal tour of a difficult hill to learn-had dinner with him and his wife that night.
When you are reading the different posts pay attention to where people are from (clic on their handle and you will get their location almost all the time). After awhile you will recognize your peers in your region and will ever get to know them a little on the site and then you can move this to really meeting them once the snow flies.
You are just moving into the off piste part of skiing and a whole new world awaits. Also be aware and watch who is doing what at your local area, where they are going - breaking the ice by buying them a beer at the end of the day would also work. With few exceptions good off piste skiers are a confident and friendly bunch of people.
Hope this helps a little. I was in your place about 30 yrs ago and got certified as a ski instructor and moved out of that about 8 yrs ago mainly because I wanted to be out in the trees in the powder.
Once again Welcome to Epic a fun and informative place. Remember Epic will not get really active until late Oct or Nov. Hang around, ask questions, meet online and join a great group of skiers.
My Best to You and Your Winter. Pete
A little off piste in the Inland PNW