ADKS quickly climbing up the post chart.
In all seriousness, Aspen/Snowmass is a great location and would probably fit his criteria. The extra driving distance beyond Vail is WELL WORTH IT, in my opinion. If he's truly an intermediate skier, then Snowmass is a great starting point with wonderful change-of-pace at Highlands and Ajax. If he can afford it, Aspen is about as good as it gets.