Sibhusky, I'm here.
Silver 2015-16. The El Nino forecast sucks for snow. Most predictions are worse than last year and last year was bad.
If we have the snow I would recommend being flexible. Lookout Pass is 25 mins away, Schweitzer is 90 min away, Whitefish is 3 hours, this all from Kellogg Id. If we get the powder it would be a great trip. There are no crowds, just avoid holidays and Saturdays at Schweitzer and
Whitefish and Sat. at Lookout (free lessons for kids day).
A perfect itinerary would be: Mon & Tue at Silver, Wed at Lookout (they are closed Tue so Wed can be a good powder day), Thurs at Schweitzer and Fri pick of choice.
There is some very good off piste at Silver and I would be happy to show you. A picture tells the story better:
Sunrise Run, notice the crowds, groomed. Peel off skiers R into the trees and good powder
Last day last year, again notice the crowds about 3 inches of pow fun stuff, tracks are mine
Upper and lower Terrible Edyths, never groomed and some nice powder,
Never groomed good powder, can get about 2/3 was up on high traverse, 35-40 min hike to top but not too bad as you can boot pack on cat road on far side.
Backside at Lookout Pass notice all the tracks, well they're mine I guess so thats not so bad
Lookout again on Chair 3 North side, damn lst tracks again
For clarification the last two pic's are Lookout Pass and the ones before are Silver
Lookouy chair 3 Crowded
Front of Lookout, must be midweek and good stuff.
Anyway that will give you an idea. My Opinions only. Silver has some good advanced runs but no real double diamond steeps but some really good tree and powder skiing, no crowds at all midweek or Sun and you can really let it go and ski to your hearts and legs content.
Lookout is smaller terrain wise with shorter runs but if threes powder it can be awesome.
To really access and enjoy the attributes of these two area you really need a local guide or I guarantee you won't find the really good stuff on a powder day.
Hope this helps out a little.
Kellog. One good restaurant and several good ones. Wallace 10 mi away has a really good one "City Limits" which is a brewery and restaurant.
If you come let me know and I can be more detailed etc. and happy to show you the stuff.