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Google "Tony Crocker snowfall" and you should find a site that tracks historical snowfall. As you probably know guessing in late January where the powder is going to be in March is impossible. Utah is a good choice, but Brighton would be low on my list of where to ski. Maybe a day, but Snowbird, Solitude, Snowbasin (have not made it there) and Powder Mountain would all be ahead of it.
You won't be overwhelmed by the terrain.
You could get spring conditions, but I would think the odds are less than 50%. Brighton is good, but small compared to Alta/Snowbird and the Park City resorts. But if you have free tickets it would be good to plan on skiing two days there to thoroughly explore it and then ski Snowbird, Solitude, a PC resort (depending on conditions) and maybe Snowbasin. Even if it is a tad warmer than you want, the entire mountain will be covered and open with likely mid winter skiing on the upper half. Don't worry about it, pick a place and go and plan on hitting the other locations in future years. There is a lot of good choice for skiing in the West. You will very likely have a blast and it will be well worth the travel time.
Sounds like your free ticket connection is through Boyne USA - since they own Big Sky you might be able to get something similar as Brighton/Crystal.
You can definitely spend a week at Big Sky and not exhaust it, especially since they absorbed two adjoining resorts. But Big Sky is not really known for frequent big powder dumps, so Utah would be the better bet if that's what you want.
Brighton is similar in size to the loaf (I've skied both). It's more of an intermediate cruiser mountain than most other SLC areas, but as pointed out above there is definitely some steep stuff. If you're doing Utah, I'd echo the sentiment to take advantage of the freebies and hit Brighton a couple of days, but plan on skiing at other nearby resorts too. If you choose your accommodations well you can be within an hour's drive of eight world class ski areas around SLC.
Never skied Crystal, but the rainforest that is the pacific northwest is not really known for powder, although they do get regular dumps of heavy wet stuff.
Predicting snowfall in advance is difficult, so there are no guarantees. SLC is a good bet. So is Grand Targhee.
Regarding terrain, the black runs at the Loaf are about the same steepness as the typical western black run. There's some truely extreme terrain at places like snowbird, Big Sky, JH, etc.but if you can ski everything at the loaf you should be able to ski most everything at the resorts in question.
While I would usually be a shill for WA skiing, I recommend you stay away from Crystal this year. We're having a horrid snow year. They might not even be open in March, though things might turn around and the snow may come dumping down. I wouldn't bet a trip on it, though.
We can get a deal at big sky, but we would have to stay at a boyne hotel, and this would add cost to the trip. I know from around the loaf, you can get a room for about 1/3 of the cost at a private hotel vs on property. We aren't so interested in the amenities, 5 star dining, dozens of different clubs to go to, etc. We just want to go and pretty much get as rad as possible. I was hoping that if we go for a week, we could expect to ski some fresh snow, in early march in maine you could for the most part bet on at least one decent snowfall in 7 days. It is the snowiest month. I guess I wasn't looking for an answer to where will there definately be deep powder, because there's obviously no way to predict, but more like "Is it still winter at these resorts in early march, or have they transitioned into the warm weather and sunshine of spring skiing?"
The last few years Big Sky has had pretty good March snowfall totals. The Huntley is ski-in/ski-out with a great breakfast buffet that is included in your stay. Most of their internet stay & ski deals are pretty good as well. Here are a couple picture I took from when I was there over the holidays. The terrain there is pretty burly and in March is should be filled in nicely.
Sure, but is this season like those previous ones? I am right now trying to figure out where to go to ski, I have no reservations anywhere yet because the snow seems so crappy, well, everywhere! There is barely any snow here in MN. The local bumps aren't worth visiting. So far I have looked at flying to Denver, SLC, Bozeman, and Jackson Hole. Jackson seems like the best one, but it also the most problematic (high flight cost coupled with long flights and stupid connections--DFW, really, Delta, really?).
If it looks like seats are limited and prices are going up on flights, you could always book a ticket into SLC, and then drive (or see if you can get a reasonably priced flight) to Jackson/Targhee if that is better than the Utah resorts. Sun Valley isn't a bad drive (or flight) from SLC too, and they are having a very good year (but right now are having warmish temps like everywhere else is).
Stop over-thinking this thing. Fly to SLC. You have 10 decent ski areas within an hour or so. Even if you don't get a big powder day, the skiing will be better than the East overall. And the suggestion to use your free tickets to Brighton is a good one. A great mid-sized western area. Lots of decent inexpensive lodging in the towns near the base of LCC and BCC and you can pick and chose where to go each day. Go.