For the first time, I feel like I need to go there...
Here's the thing that gets me though. I see these crazy huge resorts/mountains and even just looking at the map or videos I feel overwhelmed, like I wouldn't even know where to start or what to do. All I know is here in Michigan. I can't even imagine.
You'll never forget the first time you go out west and the first run you do. It feels like it's never ending, perfectly groomed, and soft snow. This will be my 7th trip out west and I didn't get real powder until my 6th trip last year in Montana, but a bad day out there is better than pretty much any day here.
What's kind of sad is the amount of drive time it takes to get to Mt Bohemia, you could drive over to NY/Vermont area in about the same time.
Or Atlanta. Not that you would want to go skiing in Atlanta. Just something that stuck in my head from my youth. "Just keep in mind if you want to go to Michigan Tech, you can go to University of GA in the same amount of time"
I lucked out. My first trip out west to Tahoe was pow heaven. They had like 4' of snow days before we got there. Few inches throughout. Then on our last day... BOOM 2' an hour. Waist deep powder. And all the powder princesses stayed home that day so the mountain was empty. Visibility was low, but I didn't care. Fresh tracks every time we got back to the peak.