First post and it looks like you guys have a great forum going. I didn't select an avatar because there wasn't one of a guy falling down a mountain, the admin may want to look into that :). I've been reading around and am feeling quite overwhelmed.
I'm trying to put together a ski vacation for my wife and I. She has never been skiing and I haven't been in over a decade. I've been to Vail, Breck, Copper, Keystone and Beaver Creek and about 3 weeks worth of skiing in my life. I've always been very athletic and should have no problem picking right up where I left off and enjoy anything from harder greens to easier blacks. Can ski more difficult levels but don't enjoy it as much and really can't risk injury. Problem is my wife has never been skiing, never been to the mountains and has this vision of being frozen solid anytime she looks outside. Oddly enough, after years of trying to get her to go she has decided that she wants to try it out.
After looking around I'm leaning hard towards Telluride, Co for a vacation but am open to suggestions.
What I am looking for is something that is ski in/out, has an outdoor hot tub and a balcony. I'm also looking for something on a budget. Neither of us have any ski gear and would likely rent unless you guys have a better suggestion. Also want a mountain that isn't overly crowded and caters to a variety of skill levels.
Other things we are looking for is some night life, decent food options and some shopping options. It needs to be between the 2nd week in January and March 1st since it is our slow season at work and I can take plenty of time off. Something like 5-6 nights.
We are located in Mississippi if that makes any difference and we can fly, drive or fly and rent, doesn't really matter.
Any suggestions you guys can give from destinations, lodging, places to get good rates, rentals, ski instruction for her, things to do, things to avoid, etc it would really be appreciated. I'd like to make this a trip she really enjoys so she will want to go back. It's been so long since I've been and I'm sure everything has changed.
I can stomach up to about $300/night for lodging, after that it starts to get painful with travel, rentals, meals, clothing, etc.