I've been to Steamboat, Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler, and Jackson Hole... Alta is BY FAR the best. There is always fresh powder and the fact that there are no snowboarders makes a big difference. Although there isn't much there but the mountain, Salt Lake City is not a bad drive and has plenty to do if you need a day off, although I'm pretty sure the powder will seduce you into skiing every second of every day you are there. If you are looking for beautiful fresh powder, look no further my friends. Alta is a skiers paradise sent by the gods of ski themselves.