I'll be heading from NV to UT on 12/21 and then work my way east to be in IL before Christmas. I'll be making the return trip in early January.
I'm fortunate to have some passes that will allow me to ski at some areas without having pay any extra money out of pocket. (I also have a Tahoe Local pass that gives me the added option of 50% off at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek and/or Canyons if they're worth the effort and slight added expense,)
I have a Mountain Collective pass that would give me the opportunity to ski two areas I have never been to before - Aspen and Jackson Hole.
I would appreciate hearing how current conditions are along with any advice about accommodations, dining, parking (send parking secrets by PM please), etc.
If I make it to Jackson Hole the choice is pretty easy since it is the one main option included on the pass.
Aspen would involve deciding between Aspen/Ajax, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and/or Buttermilk. Help with prioritizing these choices would be appreciated. (BTW, I mostly ski Tahoe resorts such as Kirkwood, Heavenly, Northstar, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Sierra at Tahoe and also Mammoth.) I like variety and am blessed to have many great local choices.
My Sierra at Tahoe pass includes 3 (non-holiday, non-Saturday) days at Powder Alliance resorts. I'm likely to ski a day at Snowbasin on my return trip. Would it make sense to go a little out of the way for Monarch or Crested Butte? Would it make sense to go further out of the way for Angel Fire or Arizona Snowbowl?
I might also have the opportunity to do some Midwest skiing. Mt, Crescent, IA is high on my to-do list. Four Lakes, IL is on my to-do again list since it was the first place I ever skied. (I'm also open to other Midwest suggestions if time and commitments allow since I'll be in IL during most of my trip.
Thanks in advance for any information, advice, and/or encouragement.