We just realized that my teenage son has only one end of term exam next week, on Monday, and has the rest of the week off. Rather than have him at home surfing the net all week, we might do a short trip (4 ski days) out west. Seems that western Canada and US are all on the low side for snow. So the question is, which areas have the least rocky base? He's skied double blacks at Whistler before, and we'd like to ski the steeps if we can, but with the current low snowpack, which areas have the best alpine skiing without trashing the skis?
We're flying on airline points from Ottawa, so it may be easier to have only a single flight like to Vancouver or Calgary, and with the short trip, closer spots like Whistler, Banff, Fernie, Kicking Horse (or Montana?) might be easier. I know little about Colorado, Utah etc, but if there are areas that are easily accessible and not super pricey, I'm open to anywhere with good snow.
With luck there is new snow next week, but the long range forecast shows not a huge amount, so I'd prefer to find a spot that will be good with or without snow next week.