I was considering Vail, but I am trying to avoid a snooty materialistic place if possible and alot of places in CO seem to be like this IE Vail, Breckenridge telluride? Is this the same everywhere? Is this just in my head? Are places in UT, CA, or WY the same way.
As for Utah I have heard fantastic things about the skiing, but some of the drinking laws and the social atmosphere turns me off(not that I am a huge partier anymore), and I heard the pollution in salt lake city is becoming a problem, again I can not truly judge because I have never been out there.
If my choice was just for the skiing Jackson hole would seem to be the choice, but I am worried it is to desolate, especially in the off season. I want to live a "skibum" life for a year and then see where it takes me, but I am worried the culture shock coming from NJ may be to much in a more isolated place like Jackson or Big sky.
As for California, Mammoth mtn looks awesome! but I really do not know to much about Ca skiing, any input would be greatly appreciated.
Another deciding factor is that I am fairly active in martial arts, IE Jui jitsu, boxing, muay thai kickboxing, and the only place that I found that would allow me to continue this activity is in edwards outside of vail.
Thanks again for the input, please let me know your thoughts and experiences at any of these destinations!