Best place to snowboard right now?
I came upon a couple of weeks of free time and I'm trying to spend them the best way I know how. So the question is, if you had some free time to take a snowboard trip anywhere in the US (sans Alaska) to snow bum it for a little while where would you go given the current snow conditions?
I was considering Jackson Hole or any of the Utah resorts. Both are a somewhat reasonable drive from Denver but looking at the snow totals they seem on par with Silverton or Wolf creek which I also have never been to. This leaves me questioning whether or WY or UT are worth the drive at this time of year or should I stick to the San Juans. Terrain is supposed to be pretty sick at JH, but is it any worse than Silverton? How about this time of year? Lift tickets are more reasonably priced at the Utah resorts but they don't seem to be having a spectacular snow year either.
Conditions in the Tahoe area don't seem to warrant the 1000 mile drive so I have all but ruled that out. The PNW is a long drive from Denver but last year late season it was the place to be. How is it this year? I saw that Timberline has a 148" base but I feel like comparing maritime snowpack to continental snowpack is like comparing apples and oranges. Another place I was considering was Big Sky. Anyone have the scoop it? I have a friend that recently moved to Montana, so I would have a place to crash and cut down on costs a little.
I have pretty much committed to this. The plan is to leave at some point earlyish next week, road trip, ride 2-3 days and sleep on the cheep (maybe in the car), and road trip back for the weekend back home. I have done 1000+ mile road trips in the car without stopping so distance isn't a problem as long as the riding is going to be worth the drive. So, if you could go anywhere, where would you go?