Originally Posted by LordHedgie
I'm looking at moving to Seattle in a few years. Specifically, I'll be taking a job at Everett. So I'm sitting here, looking at my needs-to-be-mowed yard, and wondering where I ought to be looking for housing. Where's the best skiing in the area, and is it worth trying to live out towards a particular area to make daytrips easier?
You're going to be working in Everett, which is North of Seattle. Steven's Pass and Mt. Baker are your closest bets. Baker is due East of Bellingham (North of Everett); Stevene is due East of Everett (closest); Crystal is Near Mt. Rainier, which puts it the farthest from you.
Baker has quite a loyal following, it's a great mountain, gets usually phenominal amounts of snow (this is the mountain that breaks the records in terms of annual snowfall in the US), and is *very* laid back -- lots of Riders (75% vs. 25% skiers). Steven's is good, too, although folks right now are pretty pissed off at them for their attitude towards season pass holders (look around for threads on this in the forum).
With where to live, your biggest concern should be traffic and cost. I-5 gets really crappy around Everett. So, hopefully some folks who live North of Seattle can give you some pointers.
Bring your goretex... despite what people say, it does rain a fair bit here.