Our group has been driving up from SLC to JH every year the first week in Feb for the last 10 years. Its not an easy drive. Flight arrives in SLC late at night. We get the rental car and drive north to stay in a Hotel in Ogden just north of SLC. Get up early next day and ski Powder Mountain usually on Satuday. Powder Mountain is never crowded. Depending on weather we leave Powder Mountain about 2pm for the drive to Jackson Hole. We have gone the Idaho Falls route for the most part but there have been times when Teton Pass is closed and we have gone through Evanston.
We like to stay at the Village Center Inn which is about 25 feet from the JH TRAM.
I hate long comutes in the morning. Cost per person for 7 nights and 5 lift tickets is about $500. We have breakfast and lunch in our hotel room. Sometimes we cook dinner in the hotel room to reduce the cost. At the end of the day we go back to room grab a beer and sit outside in front of the tram to watch the sun set.
Last year for the Village Center Inn
Note that if you fly into JH the rental cars in JH are a lot more expensive. Cheaper to rent a car in SLC airport.
I think my favorite places to eat are the Mangy Moose in Teton Village and the Teton Steak House in town. Teton Steak house has a nice steak with huge salad bar for under $20. If you like barbacue check out Bubbas BBQ. Bring your own beer in Bubbas. Don't bring in too much beer because state law says any beer your bring in you can not take back out.
Tip of the day. You can always go back out to your car for more beer.
Everybody looks like this on Powder Days at JH
. Its pathetic in a good sorta way.