I am looking for some advice. December 2016 we are driving down from Seattle to Tahoe for Christmas (at least that is the hope). We plan on stopping for one day at Mt Bachelor to break things up for the trip down.
For the trip back, I am looking for advice on whether to head back to Mt. Bachelor and spend a few more days at Bachelor or head to Utah and ski Solitude/Brighton. Bachelor on the way back is a nice commute when we finish the last leg to Seattle. But Utah is supposed to be amazing. I am also keeping in mind that it is December and some areas don't have the best coverage, reliably, during December.
I have only been to Bachelor once, many years ago in Spring. It was great.
I have never been to Utah to ride/ski. But its Utah...a skiers/riders mecca.
A little more about the folks in my party. I am a snowboarder, fair advanced. I so far have stayed away from double blacks because I like my winter season and want to avoid injury (turning 50 next year)...but anything is else is great. My son, who will be 12, at the time is an intermediate advanced skier. He likes it all and has started to hit a lot more black runs this year, especially if they have powder. I toke him to Crystal (twice) and Alpental (once) this year and it was clear he loves powder (as well groomers he can ski fast on)--we typically ride Snoqualmie concrete as we live 30 minutes away.
My wife use to be a really strong skier and hopefully with new gear and better boots this fall she will get back into things. She is intermediate, mostly groomers, nowadays. She is also the one that loves the sunshine skiing and prefers it, but can tolerate clouds. If its snowing or wet she will likely to be found in the lodge.
My son and myself could ride/ski in white outs, if we had to. It would be nice, though, to not worry about wet weather we frequently deal with in Seattle ski areas. If we were heading north, it would be no brainer as Whistler is amazing--especially the upper mountain.
So should we head back to Bachelor on the leg back or head over to Utah for some adventure?
PS: I will have a pass that grants me days Mt. Bachelor, Solitude/Brighton, UT, etc...so lift tickets are not a primary issue.