Out west is a big game! I'm on the east coast and have been planning various out west trips for a few years, now. I have two things to consider.....
1. look into expedia or something like that if you want plan a package. you may get some sort of discount.
2. you may want to wait and plan it right before you leave. it is a gamble, but with the snowfalls, it is killer to go to where the snow is falling. it sucks to plan a trip to tahoe and get little snowfall, while utah or colorado is getting whacked with snow.
My Favorite places are the South Lake Tahoe area (driving to Kirkwood), or Utah. Your best price option is to hit Utah.....PowderMtn/Snowbasin (basin is not cheap, but the lodging is good).....you could always just look for Staying in Salt Lake City and enjoy the town, and catch the ski busses out of town. There are so many variables, brother. Do you plan on getting or wanting (I always like to have my own transportation) your own wheels?
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