Hello to the Forum,
I just moved to Seattle from Oakand, CA. Spent the last decade skiing in NorCal, specifically Lake Tahoe. I have made a few trips to Japan, really look forward to skiing the Cascades and making trips to Canada. I dig all skiing, minus mogels - haha. Trees, powder, groomers, back country, sierra cement, early fall, late spring, etc... I'm not into parks, as my body doesn't repair itself like it used to, I'm almost 40. I don't have interest in heli due to its price. Cat skiing is more attractive for me, financially. I really want to get a sled and do more back country skiing, but will get to that later...
I NEED HELP WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE AREA.
I moved here without knowing any skiers... and know nothing about the WA state ski scene. I had a ski lease every season in Tahoe, so I came very knowledgeable about the weather, mountains, resorts, ski shops, entertainment and restaurants. Im looking to gain a bit of that knowledge from someone who knows WA ST well. Im also looking to meet people to ski with, carpool, lodging etc...
WHERE ARE THE BEST MOUNTAINS? WHAT ARE THEIR PROs AND CONs?
In Tahoe, we had about a dozen resorts. I'm into any mountain that has good skiing, without long lines - mom and pop resorts to the big corporate ones. I chase the powder dumps and try to avoid over crowded weekends and holiday nightmares. On the internet, I've had interest in Crystal, 49, Mt Baker, Summit, Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass, North Cascade, Hurricane Ridge, etc... but reviews can only get you so far wo spending thousands of dollars for the experience. HELP - what are the best mountains? intermediate to double diamond skill - love a challenge, love crusin, love trees.
In Tahoe, we got a combination of passes to ensure you could chase any storm around the lake. The "tahoe local" got you access to two resorts on the northwest side of the lake (northstar/hawksnest) and two resorts on the southside of the lake (heavenly/kirkwood). We would also get a Squaw pass cause that place is badass... and if you wanted to travel to northeast lake, Mt Rose was cheap so you just pay the lift daily. ENUFF SAID - what are the best passes to have in WA ST? I like to be able to chase any storm that rolls thru... I don't know how the weather patterns, wind and elevation works here in the cascades? who gets the best dumps when a storm rolls thru, generally? I like to ski as cheap as possible. I work for myself and can ski any day of the week.
WHAT ARE THE BEST AREAS FOR SKI LEASES?
After studying the maps and traffic, day trips look pretty rushed from Seattle. What are the best towns for ski leases? I'm not so concerned with weekly or monthly rentals - I prefer 3/6 month season leases. affordable budget. I'm into nice houses with amenities and cheap townhouses. CONSIDERING HOTELS SKIING... I love casino hotels, don't know if those coinside around the ski resorts here? Sometimes ill do the cheap motel 6 to save money outside a resort town...especially on a trip I'm chasing snow and not concerned about entertainment. ALSO...What resorts / citys have the best restaurants and entertainment? I like $1 tacos and 8 course molecular meals... love real hip hop, rock, reggae...
I NEED NEW BOOTS
I need a good shop in Seattle for ski boots? Who has the best selection and best fit as I have "weird" feet. Need to break the boots in before the season starts. I don't need this years special model release at top price, but I do need a good/big selection for a high in step and wide low arch.
ANYBODY FROM SEATTLE WANT TO TAKE A SKI TRIP?
I have no ski friends here... (I'd appreciate an answer to my post more importantly, no pressure) I'm a 39 year old guy. College educated, from a working class family, raised in the south. I work in the music industry. Lived in NYC, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Oakland/SF. I've traveled the world quite a bit. I have reliable truck - 4 wheel drive - ski racks on top - 4 seats - can only fit one sled. Can take day trips, a few days, a week, last minute... I get along with anybody, find all people interesting, any age, etc... I like to listen to good music loud, sometimes I like jazz/talk radio, definitely smoking trees... Rest assured, I am always in a good mode skiing and love to LAUGH !!! I don't mind riding with borders at all.
Thanks for reading my lengthy post. I've researched quite a bit on the internet, but you never know until you go... without understanding the weather patterns yet, I'm clueless.
Love to meet some people and even more focused on getting answers to the SKI CULTURE in WA ST.
If anyone has any questions about the Lake Tahoe, please let me know. I can clue you into the best options for a trip down there.
If anyone is into snowmobiling and skiing trips, I want to get into sledding.