My family of 5 (wife, 14/12 boys, 9 girl) have stayed at one of the Park City resorts over Christmas with hit or miss snow the past 4 years and last year decided not to go at all after the dismal 2012 lack of snow.
After reading many weather sites, powderchasing posts, etc. we have decided to take the approach of just trying to ski more in hopes of finding that perfect 2 feet of dry powder we hit in 2011.
My plan is to stay for 3 weeks over the holidays (best shot with kids/school) and to stay someplace in the cottonwoods. There appears to be a # of houses with decent pricing in Big Cottomwood with very little in Little Cottonwood. We are looking for a house to have a bit of space for that period of time and to invite friends/family for parts of the trip. So we are considering staying there although we certainly prefer to ski Alta. Over 3 weeks, I'm guessing we'll probably driving to a few other locations eventually anyway so if the snow is similar at Solitude/Brighton vs. Alta/Bird, we'll go where the loding is easist or if there is significantly better snow in Colorado or Jackson Hole, we could do a short trip for a couple of days.
1. Thoughts, seem crazy, any better places to try? I can't wait for last minute weather plans for Christmas trip.
2. I'm having a hard time finding info on staying in big cottonwood. I'm hoping there are enough restaurants, etc. to keep non-skiing wife not overly bored. I understand it's no Park City, but I just want to make sure there's enough of a resort to do the basics.
3. Any great sources for houses besides typical VRBO/Majestic Properties, general searches?
The only other option we haven't considered is to stay for a week in each canyon.
FYI We're skiing together in general (8 year old may do a little ski school), the rest can handle reasonably challenging runs. Skiers will want to ski as much as possible, not sure when our legs will fall off. I'm not as interested in staying at the base of the Canyon, not much of a snowy vacation setting. We do this for the spring break trips, Chrimas trying to do a little unique.