Im on the road all year, I make it to Golden maybe a month a year, between jobs...
Traveling gets old bro. I've been in 30 states and three countries in the last 10 or so years. If I could just live in golden I'd be happy, trust me!
Okay, makes sense now. You really don't live in golden.
I would not make a decision without spending some time at your final few canidates. I still think somewhere in the PNW with the length of season would be where you want to go.