I am trying to plan and book a ski trip for my family this February - leaving the weekend before President's weekend and heading home on President's Day. We are going to drive from the Portland, OR area to Utah and back and are planning on two days of driving each way, and then four nights at two different resorts. We are certain that we went to spend four of the nights at Solitude, but I'm not sure where to spend the other four nights. We have been to Solitude once before and loved the quaintness of the resort and lack of crowds, not to mention the conditions were great. Also, having a car and being close to other resorts is great in theory - though we only skied Solitude on our last trip. As far as other resorts to hit before or after Solitude, Sun Valley would be a logical stop as it is about 1/2 way between us and Utah, but I'm not sure that resort is for us. Seems they don't get the snow that Utah gets (or even our home mountain for that matter) and it could be a bit crowded. I was thinking that Targhee might be a good place, but I was reading that their season might be hit or miss this coming year so it's tough to plan this far out (I know, tough to predict at this time). We could stay in Utah for four more nights I suppose, but I think eight nights at Solitude would be a bit much, and I'm not sure we'd want to stay at any of the other resorts around there.
Any advice on what we should do? Or any options I might have missed that would fit into our plans? The only other trip I was thinking is that we could head up to Canada - maybe a Revelstoke/Kicking Horse/Red Mountain loop with a cat day thrown in. Not sure how much the wife and younger kids would like that trip though as it seems that Utah is more refined with more consistent and reliable conditions. Plus, it sounds like it could be setting up for a blockbuster year in the Central Rockies.
Thanks for any input,