Originally Posted by Super D
I'm just really enjoying the snow in Utah and have had great fun. I used to live in Colorado and after skiing and boarding there and all around the country for the most part, it's hard to beat Utah powder. I've had good powder even in California, but just not often, usually it's wetter/heavier. Bachelor I'm definitely going to try one of these days. Idaho and Montana, I haven't heard the best reviews from my skiing buddies, but I'm sure there are probably some nice places like you mentioned.
Not sure what's up with your skiing buddies! Seriously. Relative to Utah the travel is more difficult, but so is Colorado unless you're flying into Vail or Aspen. ( for Aspen/Snowmass while we're at it.)
Would highly recommend Schweitzer for what you want, and they've had snow this year.
Sun Valley is sun valley. Classic.
Montana? Big Sky is amazing and that's only one option. Not a lot town wise there, but plenty of places to eat, it's a big ski area but very easy to get around and stuff for everyone from easy to the most hardcore, with little to no hiking. Moonlight Basin is next door, a must see lodge for lunch, fantastic lift served chutes, and looong trails so empty you could practically hunt on them.
Then nearby is Bridger Bowl, another incredible area. All these places very family friendly.