portland is good and there is a never-ending season (well september usually sucks)
the snow can really be good when we get storms rolling down from the north, when snow levels are below 3,000 feet it is awesome blower legit pow. weve been getting lots of this recently!
when its a regular day it snows 2 to 3 inches of heavy wet snow and the snow levels are in the 5,000 to 6,000 foot range.
if you live towards the east of portland in the burbs you are about 40 miles from tom dick and harry mountain and ski bowl. not too bad. Downtown area (where youd want to live) is about 60 miles.ski bowl has powder drops lit up at night.
what we dont really have is steep mid winter pow lines. sure mt. hood is a giant mt and there are steep canyons that have some good stuff, but you can rarely get non wind affected snow above treeline. North in the seattle area they got volcanoes, and the steep mid winter pow. But hey, its not to far to do a day trip to snoqualmie or crystal mt.
That being said June is f'ing awesome up here with all the volcanoes and there is so many outdoors recreational oppurtunities in the pacific northwest its crazy.
Really good snowboard scene up here. I see people like scotty whittlake and darrel mattthes all over town. Mikey leblanc shops at my store. Not to mention the skate scene, i see chet childress and al partenen on a weekly basis it seems like. And the music scene! I have religiously listened to modest mouse for more than a decade and they are a local band here. So much better than having IDEKAY as the local band when i lived in south lake tahoe. (sorry all south lakers, shits wack)
Portlands got an amazing scene of 30 something professionals (most with masters degrees) and some super creative people. whatever you want to do it is welcomed here, and people are stoked to hear about it and help out.
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:57 am Posts: 1110 Location: Santa Barbara, CA/Ashland, OR
I haven't read the whole thread, but has JimW offered up Lee Vining, CA yet? You could probably draw a circle 40 miles around it and spend an entire lifetime trying to hit up all those lines...and epic lines too. High alpine open bowls, granite lined narrow chutes, no fall lines, rap-in lines, and plenty of stuff to do on high avi days as well. Season runs from late october (usually) through July 4th (usually).
_________________ "Winter is not a season, it's an occupation." -Sinclair Lewis
Joined: Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:04 am Posts: 195 Location: truckee, ca
alright, since reno and truckee have both been mentioned, i feel i must finally weigh in...been living in truckee and working in reno for last five plus years...we love truckee because of the moutain town vibe, but reno is great city with a lot more to it than the relatively seedy downtown (not even really that seedy) - there are great bars, ethnic food, some decent music venues, a great (but small) art museum, etc. and you are really close to the mountains and the eastern sierra. getting from truckee to the west shore of the lake probably takes longer than getting to the rose bc from most places in the BLC.
i have a good job and feel pretty fortunate to live in truckee (my commute is less than forty minutes), but reno is a great option too. although i truly love the east side, i think it might be too quiet for me full time though i do try to get there often.