I will have the opportunity to travel with my 7 year old and 4 year old over Spring Break. The seven year old has skied once earlier this season with the ski school at Park City. He had a good time, and wants to ski again over Spring Break. This time his 4 year old sister would go with us.
I am considering taking him back to Park City, or going to either Jackson Hole or Big Sky. My priority is for them to have a good experience and develop a love of skiing. I'm looking for a place with a good ski school experience, and since it will be just me with the kids I'd really like a place that makes the before and after care easy - a place where it will be easy to feed and transport them. I liked Park City because it was ski in ski out, there was a grocery store in the village where I could get fresh fruit and milk, and there were plenty of dining options that were easily accessible. While the 7 year old is a relatively non picky eater, the 4 year old really likes Chinese food. She will eat grilled cheese, pizza, PB & J, etc, but if there was something as simple as a Panda Express in the village that would make feeding them much easier. We liked the location of Park City. Getting there was a breeze, the rental was easy, ski in ski out was convenient, and eating after a day of ski school was relatively hassle free. The problem with it was that the conditions were really not all that good. It rained while he was in school and he learned to ski on ice. (I've tried to attach an embedded picture).
My hesitation with Jackson Hole is that Teton Village seems somewhat small. We could stay in town, but I'm concerned about shuttling them into ski school and shuttling them home. If they were a little older ands had more sophisticated palettes then I would go to Jack Hole without a doubt. I've never been to Big Sky. I've been to Vail once (before I had kids) and don't remember if the Village was kid friendly or not. I'm also a little concerned about the conditions as the Lower Rockies seem really dry this season.
My only preference is that I am a snowboarder, so Deer Valley is out. My snow conditions, lift lines, and overall experience are really not even a priority. As a relatively novice ski parent, I'd appreciate any input and advice from those more experienced than me.