This is my first post here so I hope I am in the right section and doing everything else right. I am doing research for our family ski trip in spring 2012--yes, I like to plan early. :-)
We have 4 children--by spring 2012 they will be 12, 11, 9 and 6. We have only been to Ski Santa Fe once.
Here are our requirements for a resort:
1) needs to be snowboard friendly as my hubby only snowboards
2) needs to have an (affordable) adaptive ski program for my 11 year old child with mild cerebral palsy (she did very well with them last time)--I am hoping to spend <$130/day for lessons, rentals and lifts
3) needs to have affordable ski instruction for kids (less than $130/day for lessons, rentals and lifts)
4) needs to be friendly for beginners and intermediates (IOW no "expert only" type resorts)
5) needs to be good for late March/early April skiing
6) good ski in/ski out options or at least be a short drive from town
7) prefer Rockies/Western US/Canada over East Coast US
We liked Santa Fe, but their adaptive program only comes out there on Thursdays and Saturdays, plus I am not sure skiing will be good there in April. We also considered the 45 min. drive to the resort and back a negative.
These resorts have adaptive skiing but I don't know about our other requirements:
UT: Park City, Beaver, Snowbird
Canada: Whistler and Tremblant (don't know if Banff has adaptive)\
CO: Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Winter Park, Crested Butte, Evergreen (?--the adaptive sports office is here, not sure which resort they serve--is there a resort near Evergreen, CO?)
CA: Alpine Meadows, Northstar-at-Tahoe
MT: Whitefish, Bridger Bowl
I have eliminated NV resorts because the adaptive programs are really expensive and I've eliminated Big Sky because it too is a bit too much for us overall, even though the adaptive program is very affordable. Sun Valley in ID is just overall too expensive too.
Any opinions or advice would be highly appreciated. I know we have a lot of needs--sorry....that is why I need some experienced folks to advise me.
Thank you so much.