Basically it's all about the Powder and steeps, having coming off the last two trips to Niseko Japan with there is a lot to live up to.
We'll prepare yourself for disappointment. There's no telling what this winter could bring. And pretty much nothing will amount to what Jpowder is like. There's Colorado and all it's resorts and madness. Utah gets good snow at times and has some decent resorts not far from SLC. Tahoe/mammoth could be a good choice this winter if it's their time. Mt. Hood/Mt. Bachelor(Bend)/Wa have some fun terrain. And there's a few diamonds up in Idaho and Montana that can be tougher access. Jackson hole has been on a good run the last few years. Or go to Whistler and most likely score.
Are you getting a rental car? Will it have AWD/4WD? Budget? Is ski in ski out mandatory?
As for timing, you'll want to be here between mid february to late march for the best window to score.
IMHO.....use your money to do a heli trip or cat trip and forego the resorts. I'm sure the resorts will stretch your cash a bit further but if your looking for lines of untouched pow find the guide operation to fill your cup.