I'm not sure where the best place to live and ski is...but I can certainly tell you where it isn't:
I am surprised that the east side of the cascades in Washington State hasn't come up more often. There are some really cool towns over there, Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Chelan. Great communities with no state income tax, close to BC, close to Seattle, great summers, decent jobs in Wenatchee.
Anyone have any input on these areas?