Long time reader first time poster here.
I'm European and coming to the states for trip of a lifetime with family. We fly to LA on the 13 December and fly out of NYC on the 5th January, with accomodation booked in NYC 23rd December to the 5th Jan.
From the 13th to 23rd we want to see LA and SAF but also go skiing. I have two girls but wife is a non skiier, in fact hates the cold!! Me and the girls are advanced skiiers but not experts. We normally ski the French alps, we are going to Alp d'Heuz in January. Previously been to Tignes, La Plagne, Courchavel, Val d'Isere.
So, I have been overwhelmed with the choice in the States, Utah, Coloarda, California, wow you guys are lucky! We want to go somewhere that is awesome but doesn't eat to much into our vacation with travelling. Try and avoid crazy queues and not get fleeced with lift prices.
So I have narrowed it down to leaving LA on the 18th December and flying to Denver then driving to Winter PArk or Copper Mountain. Drive back to Denver on the 23rd for flight to NYC.
drive to Mammoth 18th, drive back to LA for flight to NYC.
I have based this purely on reading reviews and looking at flights. I fancied Utah area but the flights to NYC are not great from SLC.
So any advice from locals or experienced people would be very much appreciated.
Mod edit: info from later posts
absolutely fantastic feedback. Can't thank you enough. Sorry for not being on line, I blame it on the time difference!
We are used to travel and jet lag. Having lived in Thailand for 4 years and regularly coming back to Europe has made us hardcore.
It has been a real challenge to fit everything in, we need to be in NYC for Xmas for my girls (they are young teens) Blame Home Alone films!! So the 23rd is the latest we can leave in so we have Xmas eve there. I am back at work on the 6th so that's why we have longer on the East coast. Maybe ski there too!
Wife is very happy to be a hanger on for 4 days. A spa would be lovely for her but not a deal breaker. She is a selfless angel :-)
Obviously skiing the Alps, the majority is grooomed pistes. Called corduory in the US I think? I want to sample something really different, but my two girls are not that experienced in powder, they are better than me technically so would pick it up quickly. I love the idea of off piste, trees, wide runs. Looking for Advance intermediate to advanced areas, in Europe it is red runs and blacks, but not mega serious blacks.
Yes, NL is Netherlands! British but live and work here.
Just spotted the accomodation question.
We are very, very spoilt in the Alps and in the past we have had a hotel actually on the slope, this year a 7-8 minute walk to the first lift. But, a drive or bus is fine for us too. We will rent a car regardless as I want flexibilty.
I have an airbnb place for the NYC leg, that was the priority due to Christmas and New Year. For LA / SAF and skiing I don't have anything yet.