I'll be visiting Jackson for the first time (during the winter, at least) in a week or so. I'm arriving two days before my wife and daughter. I plan on skiing Snow King for a few hours the day I arrive and at Jackson Hole Monday and Tuesday with a friend who is a local. I will have five plus ski days, my wife and daughter three.
My questions mainly concern what would be best for the rest of the family. I know March snow at Jackson may not be ideal, but will wait to see what the weather is. Wife is a step above a never-ever (can stiffly make wedge turns on green slopes), but is not terribly enamored with the whole skiing thing. My daughter has skied for years but is very cautious by nature and still mainly wedges, particularly when the trail gets steep. She's starting to parallel, but reverts when it gets steeper. Steep is relative, but I'm talking eastern blue trail steep, not Jackson Hole steep. She's not a gung-ho, "OMG let's do the double diamond" kind of kid. She doesn't use poles yet (claims she had a bad experience the one time she tried them).
We haven't confirmed lodging plans, but have the opportunity to get a reasonably-priced condo in Mountain Village.
So, my actual questions:
(1) Do people think we should stick with Jackson, come what may with the weather, or would we have better odds on the snow staying and skiing at Targhee?
(2) Would the snow quality likely be so much better at Tarhgee that I would have a better experience skiing there too? I like challenging, steep trails (albeit skied cautiously), but I haven't skied Jackson yet. I'm an easterner with relatively limited western experience (Crystal and Winter Park), so most Western skiing to me would be fantastic in comparison to what I normally get to do. The opportunity for powder obviously would be great.
(3) Is there a preference between the ski schools at both mountains?
(4) Does anyone have suggestions for getting my daughter and wife into appropriate lessons, perhaps with the same instructor day-to-day? Sometimes I find that with the kids' ski school, they just end up skiing in a line, without a ton of actual improvement.
(5) And if anyone is around there that week and would like to partner up for a bit, let me know.