I have booked a family ski trip to Colorado in February, 5 nights / 6 days, so most likely we'll ski 4 days or 4.5 days. This would be our first time visiting non-Tahoe area for skiing. We have Epic Local pass, so the plan is to visit Vail and maybe also check out other resorts under Vail (Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone).
Originally I planned it to be 8 days / 7 nights, but we had to cut it short - my original plan was to visit all 4 first, then spend the remaining 3 days whichever ones we liked, but given the shortened schedule, we'll have to make trade-offs.
My family is advanced-intermediates to advanced.
I can ski most of single black diamond runs in Tahoe (Chute 75 / West Face / various runs off Headwall in Squaw, Wall / Eagle Bowl / Sentinel Bowl / Palisades in Kirkwood - but no jumping off cliff). My teenage kids can mostly keep up with me, though they are not as comfortable on the steepest blacks. My wife is the weakest skier in the family - I'd say she's a solid intermediate and not quite advanced yet. She's fine on groomed easier blacks (e.g. groomed runs off Cornice chair at Kirkwood), but finds moguls or steeper blacks challenging.
My questions are:
1) How many days should we spend in Vail vs others ? Since we're staying in Vail, I'm planning to ski there at least two days.
2) Among Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, we can probably visit only one or two - which ones should we visit ?
3) Looking at Beaver Creek, reviewers recommend Stone Creek Chute and Royal Elk Glades, but they are marked double black. If I count those out as too much for my family, looks like there's relatively few single black diamond runs - is that a fair assessment ?
4) Reading the reviews, Peak 10 chair in Breck sounds like a good area for my family. I'm familiar with most of Tahoe area ski resorts - anybody know comparable runs in Tahoe for runs off Peak 10 chair in Breck ?
5) Any particular runs in Vail or other three that we should definitely check out ? My kids like trees, though they don't like it too steep (Mott in Heavenly, even the least steep part, was a bit too steep for them).
6) Any general advice/guide on visiting Colorado first time would be great (we spent past 10 years skiing in Tahoe area only).