We were able to score some cheap flights into Spokane, WA in mid-February.
The questions is do we head north to spend time at Revelstoke (7hrs) and/or Fernie (5hrs) or drive east to Schweitzer (1.5hr) and/or Big Sky (7hr.). We're not against winter driving long distances on back roads (I grew up doing this) so it's a toss up.
What we need:
Our objective is to ski...
Great slack-country for me... steeps, powder, trees...
steep groomed trails for my wife
good beginner or intermediate options for my kids
What we do not need:
Fancy stuff (resort, hotel, restaurants...)
Romantic stuff is good but not priority for this trip
off-slope activities (we ski hard and then pretty much fall asleep)
night life (with two young kids partying is pretty much out)
Any experiences that you could share with any of these mountains would be appreciated.