Anywhere you go is gonna have a chance to skunk you unfortunately.
As Shred said, go in March.
I would suggest Wolf Creek for the best pow on a budget. They may have the most of the best snow in the country.
Silverton about 2x as expensive, but a different experience, lots of hiking.
These 2 spots are famous for steep and deep and are going to be a fraction of the price of heli or even a cat-trip. Ok Silverton is probably not much cheaper than a cat trip after u add it all up but still....
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