My first time posting here, so I'm sorry if this is a repeat, but I did not see anything about this when searching through the forums. I'm at a crossroads in my life of being a skier. I'm from Colorado and I've been living here for quite some time. I am much like other people in Colorado, not from here originally. That being said all the years I've lived in Colorado have been great. The hiking of 14ers and the endless adventures in the mountains have been great. But with all great things, sometimes you have to move onto something different and or better. To be blunt, the I-70 traffic is slowly killing me. I remember 6 or 7 years ago you could leave your house on a Saturday from the Denver/Lakewood area and be up to A-Basin in an hour or Winter Park in a similar amount of time. Those days seem to be over for us weekend skiers. I can't remember the last time it's taken me that little time. Seems like everyone wants to come up now as more of a status, have 2 or 3 laps, then get drunk at some lodge. This isn't for me. I'm a die hard skier who loves nasty terrain and of course lots of pow on it. I just don't know how many more mornings I can wake up at 5:30 on a weekend, be out the door by 5:45 and arrive at A-Basin around 8:15 or so. So my question to all you is- what's your experience with Washington? I've skied Stevens last year and was amazed by how much snow they had and the fact that from downtown Seattle I was there in roughly an hour and hit zero traffic. My buddy in Seattle says its like that all the time. And if you love night skiing some big dumps and live to the east of Seattle just slightly, you can be up there in about 40 or 50 minutes to Stevens or Alpental. I'm now thinking of moving up there to escape the crowds and get more pow as they get roughly double our snowfall. I know it's a heavier snow, it rains in February, etc... Another question my buddy asked me was this: Would you rather drive 3 hours to Vail with traffic, or drive 3 hours and some change to Whistler? I think the answer is obvious and it's got me thinking. Please someone help me decide!