I'm an eastern skier, never skied outside New England, looking to spend a four days out west this winter. Right now I'm looking at three possibilities:
Alta/Snowbird. Cheapest, but requires lodging in Salt Lake and taking the bus out every day. Also seems like the most intimidating; I'm a good skier on the east, but have no experience with real steep bowls and cliffs, so I'm a little worried that a lot of the mountain there might end up being beyond my ability.
Vail/Beaver Creek. Most expensive, but I'm very confident that I could manage to find enough between the two to keep me busy. I've heard mixed reviews of Vail, though it seems big enough that I ought to be able to get some good skiing in. Beaver Creek's terrain seems like just what I'd find challenging but not impossible. Also public transportation is a big plus.
Winter Park: Few hundred dollars less than Vail, but still more expensive than Utah. Seems to have the best mix of terrain of anywhere I've looked, though four days at one resort makes me a little apprehensive--if it's not so great, I've got no other options.
Of those, what would you suggest? Or is there anything I've overlooked? Anywhere I go needs to have effective public transportation, since as a college student I can't rent a car, and I'd prefer to avoid Tahoe/BC due to cost, though that's not set in stone.
Thanks in advance.