(I tried to get a picture of some of the tallest peaks in the Cascades for our NJ weather friends, but it was snowing too hard. In your online research, look for Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Stuart. Each of these mountains are tall enough that they have snow year round.)
This is a picture of the area around Ellensburg, Washington. As you can see from the picture, there aren't many tall fir trees like there are in Western Washington. On the hill where I am standing, there is lots of sagebrush and it is dry most of the year.
What is your state like?