I have enjoyed several of the "which ski town should I move to?" posts.
I have a similar question, but will add some requirements, which may help the gracious members of this forum provide stellar feedback.
We are a couple from Seattle with twin 4 year old boys. We are on sabbatical, currently living in Guatemala, but thinking of living in a ski town for the first six months of 2015 before returning to Seattle. We do not need to work. We do not intend on raising our kids there or making "a life" there.
We would love a "walkable" town with the ski area close enough we could drop the kids off at preschool, ski for 2 or 3 hours, pick the kids up after half day of school, and head back to the mountain for family time. We will have a car, though public transportation would be a plus.
Additionally, we need other activities to do with the kids besides skiing.
We love Whistler (got married there), but it is too expensive. Using preschool costs as a barometer, Steamboat Springs is too expensive.
We need a reasonable chance of renting a nice furnished house for the six months in the $2,000 to $2,500 range. We have to have a house because we have dogs.
I think the key to affordability is preschool costs, as the house rentals in the several towns I have looked into seem to be reasonable.
Good ski school and reasonably priced passes help.
Within a 2 hour drive of "civilization" (Walmart, Costco, etc.) would also be great. We lived 4 hours away from affordable shopping last year and it wasn't fun. With a 2 hour drive, at least you can do a run in one day.
Whitefish and South Lake Tahoe both seem like options. Bend, Oregon looks good, but it is too far away from actual skiing.
A home run town would include a bilingual preschool.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated.