- Cool, long winters, but not too cold. Girdwood fits this pretty well, if only it was maybe 5F cooler in the winter.
- Very snowy winters. 1,000" sounds good. Girdwood gets about 250", but the mountains around Girdwood get near 1,000" at about the 3,500-5,000' elevation.
- Changable weather, with pretty good fronts as a high frequency. Although the weather in Girdwood is somewhat changeable, it's not nearly as changeable as what I experienced when I lived in Billings along the Front Range of the Rockies. A bit too much of a marine influence here.
- Mild summers, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s. A fair amount of sun in the summer, but not so much that the vegetation dries up with lots of wildfires. Prefer synoptic systems for rainfall, not thunderstorms, as lightning scares me. If there has to be thunderstorms, have them be only on easily predictable days and not every day. Girdwood is a bit too cool in the summer, and we could use some more sun.
- Gorgeous fall colors with some trees. There aren't quite the beautiful fall colors in Girdwood. Anchorage has a bit more color, but is not as good as it could be because of the evil birch leaf miners.
- Orographic weather. There have to be at least decent sized mountains, at least 2,000-3,000' in my ideal climate.
- And getting even more specific, I want a gentle north-facing slope in a small valley in the higher elevations of an area. North-facing to keep the snow, a small valley to get some radiational cooling, and higher elevations to have more snow than surrounding areas.
What is your ideal climate?