$1,000 for a ski trip is way too much money for me
SLC is the best & wisest choice. snow quality and terrain are supreme.
Lars is spot-on about JH. Targhee could be good, folks could stay in Driggs ID, at the mountain, or in one of the faux-chateau houses for rent to Yuppies and Yuppie Wannabes -- those houses pretty well line the road from Driggs to Targhee. The faux-chateau choice should please those who want the "I'm in Hollywood" feel of JH. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
Anyone considering Big Sky MT needs to consider the outrageous ticket price they charge. Big Sky is fake Montana. It's pretentious and expensive. In some ways it's worse than JH.
Big Mountain MT can be fantastic in a good snow year, and its terrain is sufficient for all but the most extreme steeps skier. There are many wide blue groomers, some of them verging on green, others that easily would be black in the Midwest or East Coast. And truly, it is a BIG mountain. Negatives? (1) can be very crowded, but midweek skiing generally avoids that issue; (2) if it's planned too early in the season the snow cover might be thin; and (3) TBM has periodic fog-outs where the fog is so soupy you can get disorientation and vertigo. I usually don't have a problem with the fog, but I know it's a real headache for many folks.
I wouldn't mind Whistler/Blackcomb, but I need to get some fats before skiing that wetter, heavier snow!