Seattle: The Details

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City Population 537,000

Skiable Acreage Within 150 Miles 9,800

Ski Areas Within 80 Miles Alpental 55-mile drive; 700 skiable acres; 2,200-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $37; season pass, $329. Crystal Mountain 76-mile drive; 2,300 skiable acres; 3,100-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $40; season pass, $795. The Summit at Snoqualmie 55-mile drive; 2,000 skiable acres; 2,200-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $37; season pass, $329. stevens pass 78-mile drive; 1,125 skiable acres; 1,800-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $41; season pass, $750.

Big Areas Within 150 Miles Mission Ridge 150-mile drive; 2,000 skiable acres; 2,220-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $36; season pass, $269-$463. Mount Baker 145-mile drive; 1,000 skiable acres; 1,500-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $33; season pass, $565. White Pass 150-mile drive; 635 skiable acres; 1,500-foot vertical drop; lift ticket, $34; season pass, $610.

Best On-Slope Events The Mount Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, held Super Bowl weekend; The White Pass Winter Carnival, held the first weekend in March.

Average Annual Income $27,097

Unemployment Rate 3.5 percent

Median Price of a 2,000-Square-Foot Home $213,127

Tax Rates Property, $12.17 per $1,000 of assessed value; Washington has no state income tax; sales, 8.6 percent.

Cool Ski Fact Seattle is home to more than a dozen snowsport-related businesses.

For Information on relocating to Seattle, visit www.seattlechamber.com.