Originally Posted by elvisduarte
I live in Miami, FL and I have never skied in my life. OK Never ever skier - Take lesson every day. Make reservations for lessons early.
I am planning to take my daughter for president's day weekend to ski. Ouch! this is HIGH season. You might want to avoid the Mega-resorts ($139 / day just for lift tickets). Crowds you can't believe.
You can avoid lift lines when you are taking lessons. Take lessons!
Any advice about where to go that can be affordable and nice near Denver as I am planning to fly there. Chances are you will rent a vehicle. Front wheel drive is all that's needed, unless you get snow storm that forces the interstate to close. Then All wheel drive won't get you there either. Plan your trip with weather as a factor. Yesterday we had a small storm with heavy traffic. Traffic was AFU. Three hours to Denver isn't unheard of during storms.
My suggestions. Try a smaller area. All have certified instructors. Most have reasonable accommodations in the area. Glenwood Springs is right on I-70. Numerous lodging options. Travel to Denver is about 110 miles, all on Interstates. Sunlight Ski area about 10 miles from town. Not big intimidating resort, just nice place to ski. Florida huh? Want to swim in a large hot spring pool? Glenwood has one of the best. I would plan to leave mountains the day before you are scheduled to fly out of Denver. This reduces the travel factor.
Not ready for snow driving? Plan on using a resort shuttle from the airport to ski resort and return to airport. Leave the driving to the experts(?). Bit harder to go to smaller resorts when using a shuttle. Then I would suggest Copper Mountain. Great beginner terrain. Great Ski School. Places to stay and eat nearby in town of Frisco with efficient (Free) shuttle bus.
Commercial plug - http://copper.skyrun.com/ they can provide lodging, transportation from Denver, reservations for ski school. (I get nothing from them - unless you select my condo - It's reserved already.)