I saw discussions about this topic from several years ago, but I wanted to see if anything changed in the last few years, as well as get fresh perspectives. I'm planning a 5-6 day family ski trip in early January. Last few years we skied at the Canyons and PCMR, but I am blown away by the price of nice accomodations, lift tickets and ski school and everything else in Park City. Hence, I'm looking at more budget - friendly resorts in Colorado. My priorities are as follows:
1. Nice ski village and nicer / newer 1 br condo lodging within walking distance to lifts (at reasonable cost of about $200 or less / day).
2. Wife does not ski and wants a premium ski town vacation feel (she likes the concentration of shops / galleries / restaurants in Park City). For reference, she is bored with the layout and choices of restaurants and stores in So Lake Tahoe. Easy transportation to any nearby towns with good dining / shopping choices would be great.
3. Proximity to Denver Airport - I'd like the shuttle ride to be as short as possible.
4. Nice blue groomed runs (looks like both Keystone and WP have those). I skied at Keysone about 10 years ago and it provided more than enough challenge for me.
5. Fun ski / board school (9 y.o. son wants to try snow boarding, 5 y.o. son - skiing). I hope Kestone season pass provides a ski school discounts. Looks like WP's pass does.
6. Reliability of decent snow coverage (good snow making capacity if we have another dry / warm early winter).
7. Fun activities for kids (tubing, skating, etc)
I've also considered Breckenridge, but it seems significantly more costly for the same level of accomodations, ski school cost, etc.
Please comment on the above and list pros and cons for Keystone and WP. I know I'll have fun skiing at either place, my main priority is that the kids and wife have a good time too.
Thanks for the feedback.