I was in the same boat about 7 years back. I used to go up to Killington with a group of friends for 5 or 6 years. Every year at the end of the trip on the ride home we would talk about going out west next year. Every year when it came to plan the trip out west, everyone bailed for one reason or another.
I started to look into going by myself and found this site. I was encouraged to come out for the Gathering in Park CIty that year. Came out solo and have gone to several more since as well as other solo trips to SLC. Best move I ever made. I'm sill a gaper, but the Epic community is a bunch of good peeps and I've always had a great time skiing and having a couple of cold ones with the gang afterwards.
Salt Lake City is super convenient and very reasonable.
Once you go out west you will find a way to go again. It's pretty amazing out there.
Just do it!