This year hasn't been a good one so far for my travels. In late December I went to Summit County, CO where Breckenridge was only 70% open and there were plenty of rocks and stumps on the groomed runs.
During the 2nd week in January, I spent 4 days in Utah and proceeded to take a quarter size core shot through the base of my favorite board on a green groomed run at Snowbird.
I'm scheduled to go to Winter Park during the first week in February, and they aren't even 100% open yet. Combine this with Intrawest's troubles with Whistler, and I'm starting to worry about that trip as well.
I live in Minneapolis so I don't get a lot of opportunities to ride in powder with a large amount of vertical. On 2 of my 3 trips so far this year, I've been completely shut out and I'm worried about the 3rd. I knew that the trip to CO in late December was a gamble due to how early in the season it was, but I was totally shocked at the lack of coverage in Utah during the 2nd week in January.
So... i'm really bummed and feel like this whole year might be a wash. But, I want to try to salvage it with an unprecedented (for me) 4th trip this year to try to get at least one good powder day in the 09/10 season.
If you could only go one place, any time this March, in the US, where would you go to maximize your chances of powder or at least good snow?
To give you an idea of the terrain I like, my favorite places to ride when there is snow is the Imperial Lift access in Breckenride, Back Bowls at Vail, Mineral Basin in Snowbird, and the trees at Heavenly.
I have a voucher on Southwest that I'll be using for this, so bonus points if your recommendation is a place with easy Southwest access.