Lift service can offer seemingly endless untracked powder at an affordable price–or it can be an extremely commercial experience with no powder. Some resorts get more powder snow and others are skied out more quickly depending on the variables. These variables can include holidays, day of the week, proximity to a large population, local rippers and the frequency of the storm cycles. Be sure to do your research on altitude and annual snow fall.
If your time is limited I have always advocated being free to travel to where it’s snowing. An example of this is flying to Calgary and traveling from ski town to ski town, following the snow and the lift/bowl openings. The options from Calgary are awesome. Traveling south you can hit the Powder Highway(Hwy #3) and visit Castle and Fernie and then continuing on to Rossland or Whitewater. Or go north trough Banff to Golden and Revelstoke.
Here are the resorts that Powder Canada recommends for your next powder adventure!