Most hills are ski areas, no real resorts with lodging, cheapest is to rent a car/van/truck for 4-5 days to sleep in...winter sleeping bag; eat corndogs and drink microbrew. For gear there's tons of shops but probly best deals (except boots) are via craigslist. From south to north; crystal, apental, stevens and lastly baker...depending on the weather just hit where its dumping. If baker is going off just go there and sleep in the parking lot and if you can't get gear in time just rent some from the performance shop at baker then you can demo and change out boards through out the day...they have a reasonable selection of higher end boards. But be warned those are prime family gaper days...still probably not too bad. Baker is about a 2 hr drive to vancouver ca.
if you ar staying seattle, there still might be an "international youth hostel" and you could check with university ride boards, craiglist or one of the sb shops to perhaps catch a ride to the hill.
btw its wet in the pnw...bring at least 10,000mm (20,000mm is better) gortex/rain gear
if you you do bellingham/baker its pretty easy to hitch hike up and down 542 mt baker hwy. if you get out on the road before 7:30 in the am...earlier is better.
don't know how you are crossing the boarder and how much stuff you have...but if doing baker...just rent a car to go to the hill then before going to canada, if by bus or amtrack train, just return the car to the bellingham airport, take a $10 taxi to the train/bus station and then enter canada on the train...make sure your papers are in order!.
Last edited by wrathfuldeity; 11-09-2009 at 07:19 AM.