Can an occasional poster from Scotland get a bit of advice on skiing in Washington please? (first dustng of snow on the hills here )
I find myself going to a conference in Seattle (Redmond actually, so guess where...) w.c. January 17. I'm plotting to fly out on the Friday before and have Saturday and Sunday (15th, 16th) skiing somewhere. A quick google says Crystal Mountain is the largest area, but given I think that's a holiday weekend I'm not sure if it's going to be the best destination. Also, my initial plans were to stay beside the slopes on Friday and Saturday night but there sure doesn't look like there's much 'life' around there. I'm now thinking maybe just check-in to where I'll be staying for the week in Redmond and 'commute' daily. It cetainly means I could go somewhere different each day, or even hold off the decision to the last minute based on the weather/conditions?
Is Crystal Mountain the place to be heading for, or is there somewhere 'better'. I know 'better' is a bit subjective, but are there places folks enjoy more? After 45+ years of skiing there's not much I won't have a go at, but I'm kind of past finding any appeal in parks and pipes, and the body cries 'no' when I see big mogul fields now. So just some decent snow and runs with some interest in them.
Also, are the roads cleared or do I need to rent a 4x4 or chains to any of the areas - I know nothing of Washington but I've a time-share in Tahoe and know the problems of being allowed through there sometimes without a 4x4/chains.
I'm treating this as a few days of bonus skiing - I've got a trip to the Alps planned for Feb, plus the Tahoe place in March so it's not as if my season hangs on these few days, but it would be nice to get some decent skiing somewhere I've never skied before.
Plan B is to fly into Vancouver and get up to Whistler, then drive down to Seattle. Only thing that discourages me is I've skied Whistler a few times before and I fancy ticking somwehere else off the 'skied there' list.