I have been living in Québec for the last 5 years (lived in Europe before), where I can go skiing every weekend (Stoneham, Le Massif, ...), I still take my annual ski holiday in Austria (Lech, St-Anton, Arlberg region).
Since I was a kid I used to go there with my parents, and never changed destination.
Every year my wife and I start looking at north American destinations (it's about that time of year), but we always have the impression that nothing could beat St-Anton / Arlberg.
Main reasons we keep going there:
- accessibility: we hop on the plane to Zurich, cross the road at the airport to take the train and arrive in downtown St-Anton (no need for car rentals, ...)
- once there, public transportation gets us everywhere (Lech, Zurs, ....)
- the terrain (do I need to explain ? Weisse Ring)
- St-Anton and Lech are real villages: we often have the impression north american destinations are 'resorts' and a little artificial.
- food, drink, après ski, international relaxed crowd
- lodging: 'PrivatZimmer' instead of hotels
- price/quality: we always have the impression that we get more for out money in Austria (6 passes seem cheaper than prices I see for North American destinations).
We both are very experienced skiers, 70/30 on-off piste.
So: is there a resort / destination in North America that would have the qualities of St-Anton (well, let's forget the food):
- easily accessible by plane and no need for rental car to get to the mountain or to get around,
- interesting and varied on/off piste terrain,
- 'real' village
- reasonable price for the passes