I apologize in advance that this question is both pretty self-directed and probably impossible to answer--but given range of first hand experience on this site, I thought I'd give it a try.
The question is: What is best ski area for an older (late 50's; Level 8/9) semi local resident; by semi local I mean December to April?
I am East Coast based--so lean towards Park City, Summit County or Vermont (Stowe or Mad River Valley).
Here is my primary concern/fear--I don't want to spend every day skiing alone. I am concerned that most ski towns are populated by two types of people--genuine, full time locals and vacationers. My sense or fear is that maybe hard to be in the middle. I don't want to spend the winter skiing mostly alone.
My career is somewhat portable and I've reached a point in my life where I can begin to think about accomplishing a life-long dream of a 50 or 60 day season. I have adult children back east--so I will still maintain my roots there.--but plan to be a pend the winters skiing.
On several recent ski trips out west--where I was with a group of people, we were joined by folks who were just as I described--older/good skiers/semi local or local. And they really seemed grateful to have the camaraderie and company. It was entirely counter-intuitive.
Now I realize, like anything else in life, friends/buddies or all a matter of what you put into it. But based on your deep experience...can
do you have any thoughts on what areas might be more or less accommodating to that kind of thing. For example, based on no data whatsoever, my perception is that Canyons is entirely oriented towards vacationers--although I realize its part of PC.
Also, if I could ask, Epic or Whiteroom--how would you think about Stowe in these terms? Thank you again; realize this is a hard question, but would love to know your thoughts.