I have lived in Colorado and skied several 70+ day seasons there and am living in Washington State now and can say it's a lot like Colorado with bigger, gnarlier Mountains and less people. Seatlle area is great for the culture/big city conveniences plus the ocean is amazing, but living in the Cascades or even thr Northeastern part of WA is also primo; less people, more pow-pow. More importantly, Washington is really close to B.C, which I am convinced has the best, gnarliest, andmost reliable skiing in the world, despite what Alaska and Europe have to say. Nelson, Revelstoke, Golden, even Vancouver... there are very few better places in the world to be a ski bum. I just enjoyed a few thousand feet of perfect spring corn runs up at Koootenay Pass in southern B.C the other day, without any other skiers for miles in sight. WA/B.C is big and rugged and can be intimidating as fuck though, this is not CO where the 14er's all have trails and you can count on realtively safe and accessible terrain to ski....this is like bigass gnarly peaks with giant glaciers, awful weather, hellish teperate rainforest valleys at their bases, and wicked remoteness. Which is why they are so awesome.
"Places like this will inevitably be filled with a degree of hate, misunderstanding, and straight-up ignorance of the truth. These thoughts are fueled mostly by the jealousy of those who aren't skiing often enough, good enough, or just aren't happy with life. Don't stoop to these people's level, just remember the lines you've ripped, the cliffs you've hucked, the pow you've charged, the trees you've blazed through in waist-deep fresh.. no one can take that away fromn you. This is what they hate you for."