I have been considering a trip out west with my father and possibly more family. I plan on having my trip be either over Christmas time (late December), mid January, or mid to late February. Anytime past April 20th could work also, but I think the conditions would be too spring like. Currently, I mostly ski in the east in Maine (Sugarloaf, Saddleback, and Sunday River). I am an advanced skier (not quite an expert), and have not run into anything in Maine that is beyond my skiing ability. I enjoy skiing in glades, bumps, and ungroomed runs most. I would not be able to ski some of the extreme terrain out west such as corbet's couloir. I would, however, be able to ski most everything on the mountain. My father, however, would ski almost all groomers and prefers to ski long, fast, runs. He can handle very steep groomers, and a little non groomed stuff, but not much. The rest of my family are not very good skiers and would benefit from a lesson. I also have a young sister who would like to learn to ski. I need a place where all types of skiers would have fun. We are not really into the nightlife scene. All we need are a few good restaurants. I am considering the following places:
Jackson Hole (possibly Grand Targhee)
My main questions are:
Which of these would be best for early/mid season?
Which will have the most variety for the entire family?
Which will be the least expensive?
Which will have the most powder and expert terrain?