As an introduction, I'm 18, in college, and an avid free-riding boarder. This winter, I plan on taking a big ski vacation out west - departing from DC. As a college student, ultimate priority is money. I want quality too, but in reference to value. It seems for this early in the season, I'm looking at Snowbird, Steamboat (maybe), Jackson Hole, or one of the Montana resorts. However, the only budget friendly trip is Snowbird - a $250 RT flight, Super 8's amazing packages, bringing skiing, eating, and sleeping for a grand total of roughly $850 per person for the week. Can anywhere else provide something in the $1000 range with good early season?
My other option is through a collegiate ski club, 5 days in Quebec, Canada for $600 with a passport. Any local resorts.