Howdy folks! This past January I asked for and got some great advice on skiing during a business trip to Las Vegas. I ended up driving to Brian Head and spent a couple of days there. Snow conditions were pretty poor, but I generally ski mostly groomers anyway, and they were fine for the most part. I had a blast, so thanks for the great advice!
Anyway, the wife and I are trying to get an early start on planning and saving for a Spring Break ski trip during the last week of March 2013, and I'm thinking Brian Head is a pretty good choice. We have a 12 yr old son that skied a couple of days at Snowshoe 5 years ago, and an 8 yr old that has never skied, so they will both need to take at least a one-day lesson (possibly 2). I've contacted several Brian Head condo owners on VRBO and have gotten an offer for a nice 2BR/2BA ski-in/ski-out condo there for six nights for just under $800 (Sunday through Friday). And I suspect we'll be able to get coupons for half-price lift tickets at Terrible Herbst after we leave the airport in Vegas (like I did in January). But even without coupons, full day adult passes at BH are only about $50. So if we ski 4 days, at the worst we're looking at about $400 for adult lift tickets, plus a similar amount or maybe a bit less for the boys (including a day of lessons). It sounds like a pretty sweet deal and although I know BH is a small resort for 4 days of skiing, this trip is mostly about the boys and I'm sure we'll take lots of breaks and have some short days when they'll want to ride inner tubes, go snow sledding, go snowmobiling, etc. (with one full day of rest in the middle of the week where we may go see one of the national parks if they're open).
But before we commit to Brian Head and reserve a condo, I wanted to ask for recommendations for other resort destinations we should consider. We should have enough AMEX points to pay for four plane tickets to pretty much anywhere in the U.S. so that doesn't need to be considered. Basically I'm just looking for budget-oriented family-friendly resorts where we can get decent ski-in/ski-out lodging for six nights AND four days worth of lift tickets for a family of four (with a couple of kid lessons), for somewhere between $1,500 and $1,800. I know that's a tough order at most resorts, but if it's possible at Brian Head then I thought I should ask about other resorts because there are tons of resorts I've never even heard of (didn't know about BH till this year). And although I lean towards resorts in the Rockies, I'm certainly open to suggestions in the Northeast (been to Stowe and LOVED it). But with the late date in March I'm concerned about mud season coming early....
So any suggestions or comments would be MOST welcome!