We are planning a family ski trip for February. It will be the wife (Lower Intermediate) and I (Expert) with our two sons, aged 5 and 14 (both quickly advancing intermediates). Last year we did Alta and stayed at the Alta Lodge. Besides finding the lodge itself a bit stuffy and boring (for the kids), we really enjoyed the experience, especially the ease of it all due to the ski-in/ski-out nature of AL and the lack of needing to plan for meals. However, we are looking to possibly expand the invite this year to some extended family and feel the cost of the Alta Lodges may be prohibitive.
What we really enjoyed about Alta, besides the obvious and what I already mentioned, is the lack of snow boarders, excellent ski school, and the ability to find terrain that satisfied everyone off the same lifts. Typically, we put the kids in ski school (and the wife on occasion) and I ski my heart out before lunch. Then after lunch, we ski together and I really enjoy having the ability to shoot off the groomers and find some fun stashes here and there, which Alta provides.
I'm wondering if we can find something similar elsewhere with easy airport access (American Airlines or SWA) or if we should just stick with Alta.
Any input is greatly appreciated!