I'm planning a trip out West this season for my wife and I and looking for advice on where to go. This would be our first trip West, and possibly our last for a while so we really want to make the most of it. We typically have skied mid-Atlantic and a little New England. I'm tentatively thinking 7 nights with skiing 4 or 5 days out of the week. We'd really like to be part of, or very near, a cool town that we can explore, get some good food, etc. when we're not skiing. We're going to treat this as a nice vacation where we're lucky to also get to ski and not just a ski trip (although skiing is still the main attraction).
My wife is a fairly advance beginner/low intermediate - she's very comfortable on greens and most blues, particularly well groomed blues. I'm a pretty solid intermediate - any blues and some blacks (love steeps, not so much hard core bumps, never tried trees but would love to get a lesson on easy level trees). I envision my wife taking a group lesson every morning while I ski hard on my own, then we'd meet for lunch and ski together in the afternoon. I'd love a mountain where we could take the lift together, sometimes take different runs down, and still meet at the bottom easily.
For lodging, we're looking for either ski-in/ski-out or within a short walk to the slopes and nice accommodations but not necessarily extravagant (think Marriott level not Ritz Carlton). The village, town and off slope activities are also very important for us.
From my initial research, I'm kind of leaning toward the Aspen or Park City areas b/c of the towns. But I'm not sure which resort would be best for us at each? Looks like maybe Snowmass for Aspen but it seems fairly far from town? And probably PCMR for Park City? Seems like Vail would have the right skiing for us and a great village area but it seems very spread out and is there much of a town around there?
I've been looking forward to this trip for 20 years and feel a little like a kid in a candy store b/c there are so many options. I would love to hear any opinions on the places I've mentioned and how they would fit into what we're looking for and/or any suggestions for other places I should consider.