Just to give you guys a further update. Spent all day today skiing at Hunter Mountain here in New York. It was supposed to be spring conditions, but it was a cloudy windy 3) degrees. Ice where trails were groomed, thick slush where natural moguls formed. I ended up skiing mostly black diamon trails all day long (17 runs, 16 top to bottom) for about 23 miles of distance and 23k of vertical (according to Alpine Replay).
I'll be checking airfare all this week.
Please note that a black diamond at Hunter will not be near as steep/ long as a black at Alta/Snowbird .
While steeper , conditions will generally be better and that will help .
Alta/Snowbird have a lot of expert terrain .
I would recommend a place like Vail for a first timer out west with lots of intermediate terrain and on a powder
day , the Back Bowls . Some of the backside is groomed if you are not used to skiing ungroomed trails .