Flights out of NYC to Vancouver on Cathay for the next 2 weeks if you pick your dates right are under $500 before taxes, which is very good, and the way it works with Cathay, you will be able to ski the day you land and the day you leave. WB has some great deals, call them up, they can set you up, and you will be flying out of JFK, I do not know your location so hard for me to assess thereafter. WB is the only real place in North America which compares to Lech-Zurs-St. Anton, Austria, or Chamonix, Swissy, or les Trois Valles, France, Swissy and so on. It is hell of a place with some serious skiing, great groomers, steep and so d*mned long, huge bowls, massive powder fields, steeps like you will not believe, but there are steeps which scare everywhere, like Squaw Valley or Alta or Snowbird or JHole, for sure, but WB's size and vertical can be very, very intimidating, when you look down from where you are about to slide past a cornice(forget about jumping that cornice, not for yours truly), it gets really dicey), and the terrain has endless choices. le is very much
And my boy is a great BIG mountain skier, he handles terrain like Spanky's ladder, Blowhole, Sapphire and Diamond chutes with relaxed chilled, NP-at all skiing attitude but is deeply disappointed by the fact that on his ski race team he does not win on East Coast slopes where he gets beaten by his pals who he out-skis every time they train on the steeper terrain, but not in the gates, c'est la vie, he is 46.5lbs and 9 years of age(the minimum that I know of amongst the 7 year olds and above is 59lbs! to my knowledge anyway). Too light is one thing and also he is not aggressive enough in the gates but that is who he is, I can only ask so much, after all, I ski because of him, thereafter, he decides, his style of skiing is very much of someone who has skied big mountains and maintains that even when he races, as he says, he does not want to DNF (i.e. lack of sufficient aggression when attacking gates, and then he says slopes are too flat! Comme ca!) Part of what he does is the basic instinct of always leaning down the hill, so less inclination around the gates which is often necessary for greater speed, and big mountains skiing is about safe, controlled descents, and that is what he has internalized, and is not going to change soon to "b*lls to the snow" skiing!
Well, here is the same young one recently, again, if interested only, he was learning pivot transitions, and funnily in a slalom race, he gave one of his best friends the tip of how to do it after run 1, since he was coming 3rd, and friend was in 7th place, but he was gracious enough to impart the knowledge and friend came in 3rd, and he slowed down because of an accident another kid had before he raced, and he had to wait 45mins on the gate, and was dying to take a leak, and froze, temps were 15deg F, and did not go in his pants since he is older now, wish he had told me, I would have given him permission to let it loose in full glory, so his second run was much slower, and ended up 9th overall, that remains life. He is the best big mountain skier on his team(8-12 year olds), you can see it when the terrain gets hairy, but gates, another story. You got me started, apologies in advance for the story but here is the clip, scroll through, next step in pivot transitions is to pull his legs back but that is for another day!
Once again, WB is a hop-step away and not that costly if you move quick and you can ski the day you land and the day you leave just like Utah but for LONGER.
ps: we are in Whistler-Blackcomb for Round 2, post 2011, on April 6th!