ohh no, I was in Utah the third weekend in January, this past season. It hadn't snowed in about 2 or 3 weeks. The temps were warm and the snow was sluffy. At Powder, we took the tow-rope to the top and did a little hiking before our drop. We found some good runs, but it wasn't really "Powder" more mashed taters. Everything was pretty-well tracked. On days like that, I'd prefer to just lap as many times as possible and find as many hidden gems as possible. When I went to Snowbasin, it was pretty tracked, as well, but there was a lot of sunbaking. The strawberry side had all sorts of taters to ride through those goofy low shrubs below the gondola. I tooled-around there. I don't doubt your opinion, Capn, and I would assume Pow is awesome for many days after a storm. Unfortunately, that can't be said if it had been 3 weeks since the last storm. Luckily Utah redeemed itself in April when I hit Snowbird!
It wasn't one of the huge storms, but I won't scoff at 18 inches. Either place, dude is going to have a blast!
Traveling the States and Taking Pictures