I am planning a three day weekendski trip for Northern Vermont in Late January/Early February for my family. I hear great things about Smugglers Notch, but I have only skied there once, so I don't have enough knowledge. I am planning to have the kids in some sort of ski school for at least part of every day.
I usually go up to MRG every year with my wife, but this year we are bringing our six and five year old kids. I was thinking about taking everyone up there, but I know that not having lodging on the mountain would make our getting to the mountain and our down ski times a little more difficult (ex. What if my daughter wants to ski later in the day, but my son doesn't?).
I think that Stowe can get crowded on a weekend. I also considered staying near Sugarbush North and spending our time between Sugarbush North and MRG.