New to this site and like it very much thus far. There seem to have been a lot of discussion of this subject in the past, but none of the previous threads quite fits my circumstances, so I'm going to pose an inquiry to the folks here on the forum.
Next season (Jan '12; never too early to plan, right?), my friends and I are planning a skiing trip west from Boston. There will likely be 5-10 of us ranging from competent to expert. We are a mix of skiers and snowboarders. Due to the proximity of many resorts and airports, we have narrowed down our choices to SLC and Tahoe. We care about apres-ski activities slightly more than not at all. Most of us have been to Utah for 1 week, but not to Tahoe. Many have told me that Utah is just the no-brainer. However, most of us have been there, plus the snowboarders don't get to experience Alta. Utah has its snow, and it seems the both regions have more than enough terrain for any of us.
So, what are your thoughts? Plus, where, specifically, do people suggest staying in either area? How would you break down a week of skiing in either area? Also, is the fact that we plan to go the first or second week of January something to factor into our decision? Anyone think they have any particular insights that most people won't say off the bat?