So I'm a Washington DC resident planning an extended trip west next winter '15/'16.
I am either going to work 3 months in Salt Lake City (has to be SLC) for my current job or take 4-6 weeks off and probably do a few different cities and ski. I'm pushing for the first option, but I have to get approval first. As a life long east coast resident and considering this will probably be the most skiing I'll do in a season for my entire life, would like to get some input from people with experience on the following items. I appreciate any help you can give.
-What's the best 3 month time range the for the West ski season? Was thinking of doing Jan1- March 31.
-I figured I would get season pass at Snowbird/Alta, any difference in opinion on that? Any ways to get a pass that allows for more mountains?
-Currently have a pair of 172 K2 Men's Wired skis and Salomon boots. They do the trick, but are pretty thin for powder. I know I'd probably need an upgrade for this trip that will handle powder better. Don't really know where to start, any thoughts?
-If I were to do a 4-6 week trip instead and you had to recommend a few mountains what would you recommend (Canada is not out of question)?
-And finally, I've seen a few of these mountains I've been looking do some 2-4 day advanced adult classes. I'm a pretty confident skier that won't turn down a black diamond or double, but I know I could improve (skied for my first time at 22, 27 now). How effective do you think these classes could be? They're pretty expensive.