long season, usually good snowpack into May
Unpredictable weather makes it it a risky destination trip
I've made two attempts to go ski there, 1st trip was rained out (late April), next trip was
following March, where was socked in and got a few hours of good skiing in out of
two trips (March trip was mostly fogged in).
From Seattle area, I'd have to say with the drive-times comparable, Whistler is a far worthier destination. Although
it is a far lower elevation, Whistler has closed to 200 named runs on two mountains, with bowls, glaciers and dozens of lifts. At Whistler, virtually every hotel room in the city is within between a 2 and 10 minute walk to the gondolas. At Bachelor, you get to drive for 30 minutes just to find out whether the mountains is going to be socked in or not.
If I lived in suburban Portland, I'd consider it as a destination, since the snow is drier (and the elevation higher) than the Mount Hood-area resorts