Looking for advice regarding where to go go for the coming Xmas ski trip. Usually for Xmas we go to Smuggs where we have time share, and take two or three trips west later in the season. This year though our week fell on Dec 30-jan 6th and that would involve too many days out of school for kids. So we decided to bite the bullet and go West dec 23-28th. I wonder whether some of you guys may have suggestions to help me decide where to go. Me and my wife are strong upper intermediate skiers who enjoy the most terrain like Robin's run at Smuggs, the West Basin and the ridge at Taos, or Pali/East Wall at A-basin. While skiing we always leave our kids (14 and 11) at ski school, which they enjoy more than skiing with us, and vice versa. I am really intrigued about about Bridger Bowl. It seems like a great mountain with a lot of great terrain (especially for those with transceiver). My apprehension regarding this place is two fold though. What is the likelihood that they will have a decent snow base to open Schlasman's chairlift at the end of December. Second problem is that they seemingly don't have ski school for kids 14 yo and older (although they let 13 and older ski with adult groups). I am not sure how this will work out for my older girl, who can ski most in bound double blacks with ease. But she likes to be with a group of other kids or young people and not ancient folks like us.Any advice is appreciated.