NoOtherOptions and WasatchMan,
Thank you so very much for the answers!! It's great to hear you normally get most of the snow on Feb/March... I was thinking it would begin to melt from then on.
I looked at the SLC area, but found prices were a bit too high for lodging on the mountain, I was looking for something more like "Get out the door and walk to a closeby lift not having to drive my car". I would have to stay at driving distance to the resorts to get the rates I was looking for.
Also, since I'm a beginner, I get the feeling any of these resorts will be enough for a week of fun... I'm looking for a week of chilling at a lowball place and skiing when I feel like it. It seems to me Brian Head may be better to find not so crowded places since its farther than most resorts and cities, while the resorts in the SLC area might get all the fuzz from people driving in and out for a day of skiing, am I correct to assume that?
On the other hand, we do like to spend some cash on a nice dinner and wine at times, so that tips me a bit in favor of SLC. I'm afraid we'll be camping at BrianHead in terms of food and restaurants =D Any thoughts on the area?
If you have any particular suggestion of lodging you've already used, that would be great too!
ah, last question for now: should I get lift passes in advance or is it better to get them on the spot in case of discounts?