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post #1 of 8
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Need help! What resort meets this criteria ? Can be in Colorado or Utah

1. Above all must have plenty of ski in ski out options, even for small kids. Can be a condo or resort hotel.
1a Must have good snow for end of march
2. Must be able to walk to town within a couple blocks
3. Great kids school, safe and close to our condo or hotel
4. Tubing
5. heated pool. Not a deal breaker
6. Ice skating. We don't mind riding shuttle.
7. Larger town lots of restaurants
8. On bus route to grocery etc
9. Shuttle from airport
10. Kid and family friendly area prefer no snow boarders but this may be unrealistic
11. Night skiing or tubing.  Not a deal breaker.
12. Close to airport as possible
post #2 of 8

Welcome to EpicSki!  bama as in Alabama?

 

The list looked easy until I registered "must have good snow for end of March."  When do you need to make travel arrangements?  Park City seems like a reasonable option but can be iffy depending on when the spring thaws start in earnest.

 

Alta and Deer Valley are the only skiers only areas left.  Alta has great skiing late March/early April and ski in/out family friendly lodging, but is missing several of your other criteria for non-skiing activities.

 

How big a group are you thinking about?  Any possibility of another region?  In particular some place farther north, perhaps more off the beaten path so less crowded during a spring break week.

post #3 of 8

Maybe Park CIty?  Then you could access Deer Valley and/or the Canyons by bus of you wanted to......?

post #4 of 8

Park City, Vail, Breckenridge

post #5 of 8

Maybe Winter Park? I stayed "in town" with my kids a few years back and the shuttle buses were quick and easy, and have stayed slopeside and the shuttle bus to town to eat was the same.  Not sure about tubing, skating, or night skiing

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Maybe Winter Park? I stayed "in town" with my kids a few years back and the shuttle buses were quick and easy, and have stayed slopeside and the shuttle bus to town to eat was the same.  Not sure about tubing, skating, or night skiing

I'd say points 2, 7, and 12 don't match up with WP all that well.  There are plenty of restaurants but my feeling is that if you're concerned  about restaurants, WP starts tumbling down the list.

 

They do have a free (quite small) ice rink in town and I've read of a new tubing hill at the resort and there's a fun tubing hill (open at night) five miles from town, which makes it ten miles from the mountain.

 

The bus system there is free and decent and it will take you to the tubing hill, very nice grocery store and beyond.  It sounds, though, like the OP is looking to walk from ski in/out digs to a big, interesting town and those are two of WP's weaknesses, IMO.

 

In CO, I'd say Breckenridge and Telluride would be decent options.

 

I've never been to Park City but it sounds like it matches the OP's list quite well.

 

Have fun!

post #7 of 8

If you can find flights into Aspen (ASE) the four pack of Aspen/Highlands/Buttermilk/Snowmass meets a lot of your criterion.

post #8 of 8

Winter park isn't close to the airport?  What map are you looking at?    smile.gif

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