Originally Posted by catskills
In July 2012 put in a reservation for Jan or Feb 2013 at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's - Village Center Inn with lift tickets included. The cost is very reasonable. It runs around $550 per person for 7 night with 5 lift tickets per person. Its not fancy, the rooms are dated, but there very clean and include a full kitchen, which is very convenient for a family. The Village Center Inn, located in Teton Village, is 50 feet from the TRAM and 200 feet away from the Gondola and other lifts. Location location location. For a family it doesn't get any better than this.
Am I missing something or does this have nothing whatsoever to do with this thread at all? Sounds downright spammy.
To the actual thread question:
Skiing wise, I think it's a wash. I'd say LL and Sunshine have more expert terrain than Snowbasin and Powder (assuming it's all open), but either set has more than enough terrain for a trip. And if you want to even the playing field, you could always do a day or two at Snowbird/Alta/etc.
I've only done one day riding at LL, but the snow was very good despite no storms in weeks. I think there's something to that latitude-preservation that another poster mentioned. That said, you really don't get much better snow than UT, and if it snows during your trip, Snowbasin and Powder are two of the places to be.
The national park scenery really can't be beat in Banff area - you get a world-class national park trip and ski trip all rolled into one. Banff is also a more fun ski town than Eden/Huntsville/Ogden with all kinds of outdoor activities, restaurants, etc.
Since you've never been, I'd give an edge to Banff (and I'm typically more than a little biased toward Powder/Basin : )