Originally Posted by nogophers
Postpone your wedding/honeymoon and hit Portillo. I did.
His wedding's in the winter, how does that help?
Alright with the added information, I can provide a little more insight. I assume those $800/ticket were flying into Aspen airport. It sounds to me like what you want is to fly into a resort with major international airport nearby so as to save money on tickets and not have to drive for hours and hours. So I'd look closely at Utah, Lake Louise and Whistler. I'm not too familiar with flying into Tahoe, but that might be one to consider too.
Lake Louise sounds like exactly what you're looking for: it's located in the middle of a national park and there are development rules in place, which means it's basically a small village surrounded by huge scenery--the Canadian Rockies are significantly more beautiful than the American Rockies, imo; it's the second largest resort in Canada with plenty of trails for all abilities and winter is the off-season there so it's less crowded and prices are reasonable.
I stayed at the Fairmont, which is right on the lake, had a corner room filled with windows looking out at the lake, glacier and mountains, and it cost somewhere around $300 to $350/night. We spent one night in a two-floor suite with a balcony looking out at the lake and mountains and that was $700/night. This was in January 2007, not sure how prices have changed. There are several nice restaurants right in the hotel, and out your back door you can ice skate, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride around part of the lake and snowshoe into the mountains for miles and miles. The hotel has equipment rentals and an adventure concierge that can help you set-up activities. Also, it's a pretty fancy hotel, and I don't remember seeing a whole lot of children running around, though I'm sure there were some.
Lake Louise is two hours from Calgary International, a scenic ride partly through Banff National Park. There's not a whole lot to Lake Louise--it's a tiny village, but if you want more of a ski-town atmosphere, you could opt for Banff, which is even closer to the airport.
Park City would be another good option--only like 40 minutes from the airport, plenty of restaurants/shopping/things to do and three resorts. The scenery there doesn't compare with some other resorts, though (personally, I like to see massive rock mountains rising straight up out of the ground and Park City isn't about that). For less crowds, consider staying in Midway, about 20 minutes from Park City. You'll have to drive to Park City, but there are some really nice resort properties to stay at with natural hot springs, restaurants, activities, etc. (Zermatt Resort, The Homestead). I'm sure there would be less crowds and less kids and the scenery is better over there.
Personally, I'd forget Aspen and Vail. If those two resorts are known for anything, it's being expensive. There are a lot of other resorts that will give you just as good an experience (possibly better) while costing less.