I live in Minnesota and am going on a ski trip for about a month this spring. I'm an instructor at Afton Alps which was recently purchased by Vail meaning I get free skiing at all Vail resorts, and I have relatives in Denver so I can stay free, so most of my trip will be in Colorado. However, I am also going to go to Snowbird/Alta for a few days, and if conditions are good enough to justify the price, Jackson Hole for 1-2 days. I'm trying to decide whether I should go to Snowbird and JHole at the beginning or end of my trip and have heard some conflicting information. I'll be leaving early March and staying through late March/early April. I want to hit Snowbird and JHole at their best, it doesn't matter to me when Colorado is at its best. I'm mainly interested in steep off-piste terrain, chutes, cliffs, etc, and am hoping to hit JHole when Corbet's and S&S are skiable. It doesn't make much difference to me when the groomers are at their best. I know it varies a lot from year to year but I'd just like a rough idea from some people who ski these areas regularly.
Summed up: Is it better to ski the off-piste/double black terrain at Snowbird and Jackson Hole in early March or late March/early April?
A suggestion on which highway to take between Denver and SLC would be appreciated as well, to my understanding there are three routes and I don't know if any of them can be bad driving during winter.
Edited by VeganFreeskier - 2/16/13 at 5:36pm