Bluewood is one of the best powder spots in Washington. The drive means it is off the beaten path, but the country you travel through more than pays for the trouble. Dayton, the quaint town you pass through on your way into the "blues" has great amenities: lodging at the Weinhard, several great cafes and plenty of wired hot spots for that last bit of business and java before throwing yourself at the mountain. After winding your way up the North Touchet, you come into the high alpine zone at the edge of the wilderness. The lodge is pretty basic, but you can get a burger or a hot toddy. And the mountain! Rarely do you have to wait more than 10 minutes in line for the lifts, and the long trails means you spend much more time skiing than freezing. There are even nice X-country/snow mobile trails that you can take from the top: get a map at the lodge of the forest roads that give you miles of beautiful views and quiet contemplation as you wind down the mountain and back to the parking lot. As someone who has to deal with icy, Eastern skiing and "made" snow most of the time, I'm jealous of those of you who can hit Bluewood on a regular basis.