My wife and I have been to four different CAT operations; Peak Mountain Adventures in Cataldo, Idaho, Mount Bailey in Oregon, CAT Powder in Revelstoke BC and Monashee Powder Adventures out of Nelson/Vernon BC. All of the operations have great people working for them. The first three allow one day trips, Monashee is a multiple day operation since you have to take a snowmobile 28 kilometers to the lodge. I believe that monashee has the best terrain and is the best overall experience. Like any powder skiing, if you hit it when the snow and fresh and deep, it will be memorable. If you hit it after sun and no new snow for a couple of days, you will still have a good time but the snow will not be what you really went for unless they put you on those coveted north facing glades and bowls. The other variable is the composition of the group. If you are in a group with young cliff jumping vertical powder hounds and 1st time powder skiers, the tension will not make for a truly enjoyable day. We have been lucky for the most part, but have had one marginal experience due to different skill levels and expectations for the day. The way to solve this problem is to get a group of 10 friends together and you own the cat for the day, where it goes and where you ski. For your wife to really enjoy it, buy her fat skiis and have her take some lessons before you go. Unless you are fearless and want to teach her powder strategies and techniques yourself. Take her progressively into deeper and steeper terrain at your locale area. When my wife and I went on our first trip six years ago, I purchased her a pair of volant chubbs. She has really enjoyed them both in powder and crud. We spent a couple of months searching out every inch of powder we could. It still didn't prepare her adequately for that first day when the snow was waist deep. She was a real trooper that first day. She stuck with it for the second day and it clicked for her. At the end of the second day, she said, "I think we should book this for next year. It got even better on the third day and we have been going at least once per year ever since. We are thinking of going back up to Monashee again this year. Next year it is the big plunge up to Blue River and a week of Heli skiing with Mike Weigele. Feel free to send me a PM if you have additional questions.