I'm certainly using the road bike more over here and look enviously at green mountains whenever I see the UK on the tv.
It is expensive to live here and the govt have just about ended a tax break for temporary residents that made that easier to swallow. You'll be needing to earn over $100k to be living a reasonable standard of living (assuming you want to see something's when you're over here..) given the cost of rental properties that have had a slight refurb since 1972!
Climate, currently getting into winter so down to 3 degrees at night, perhaps zero ever now and then, but of it's a clear day then you can be looking at 18-20 during daytime. Summer can get a it unbearable when its hitting 40 plus, you have to be out early to get the exercise in.
Skiing, dunno, most people seem go to europe from here, I've got a mate going to Japan this year for his fix!
It's great for kids here, our son has just turned 5, started school this February and has taken to the place like a duck to water. The school system seems to be very good at primary level but a lot of people then send older kids to private schools, as I believe that the state schools aren't viewed in a great light. There is plenty to do with youngsters, thanks the climate
Throw me a pm if you need any other advice, what line of work are you in as well? Companies love a direct approach over here, recruitment agency costs are high and you an drive a better deal if you cut them out..