My skiing for 2016 is unfortunately over and I need to look forward to winter next year in order to get through another long, hot mid-Atlantic summer. With that in mind, I'm asking for advice as to which areas to consider for next year's ski trip and suggestions on the timing that gives the best odds for good snow conditions.
Some basics: The thought is for the three of us (my lovely spouse, our beloved English Setter and me) to take three weeks and drive out west from our home near Philadelphia. We're very flexible as to the initial timing and would avoid holiday periods but once the dates are chosen, I'll be locked in because of work and lodging. I'm planning on booking pet-friendly accommodations for roughly a week each at two different ski areas that are relatively close to one another to minimize that part of the driving. Most of the third week would be obviously be spent driving out and back from the east coast but may offer the opportunity an additional day or two of skiing.
Tentative candidate: While the SLC area offers a lot of choice in both skiing and accommodations, I've skied there regularly over the past several years and really want to look elsewhere. One thought I had was a week at Big Sky/Moonlight, followed by a week at Grand Targhee (with a day trip or two over to JHMR). Accommodations near both places seem to be pretty reasonable - at least as compared to most of the Colorado resorts - the distance between the Bozeman MT area and Victor, ID is only about 400 or so miles and the four ski areas offer involved a lot of skiing choice. In addition, there's a chance to stop along the way at a northern CO resort like Steamboat for an additional day or two on the slopes. On the negative side, a MT/WY ski trip adds quite a bit to the overall driving involved compared to CO resorts and I'm told that timing is pretty critical for conditions Big Sky.
Any and all suggestions & advice welcome.