Hi. A couple of friends and I will take the long trip from Sweden to Canada in the beginning of 2012 for some real powder experience.
Unfortunately there is a lack of snow in my area in Sweden. Two years ago we went to Tignes in France for a great week of snowboarding. Lots of snow but not that much "champagne powder".
According to what I have read and heard the best powder is in Canada. So we have set a budget to 2300 Canadian dollars (15.000 swedish crowns). The flight from sweden will cost a little bit less than half which gives us ~1300 CAD to spend on accommodation, living and of course for ski lift tickets. If it can include cat-ski, heli-ski or other fun that would be great.
Whistler, Bannf and Kicking horse are some resorts we have found. In your opinion where is the best "champagne powder" experience?