My family and I are planning to head out to Utah for spring break (Mar 19-26). My wife really wants to do Deer Valley after hearing about guys trips I have done out there. Unfortunately, when I went I stayed in old condos in Park City and shuttled to the resort, whereas on our past trips with the kids (2 and 5), we have stayed right next to the lifts (at Steamboat and Snowmass) to make for easy ski school/daycare drop off. I don't think I have the money for $1500 a night at Deer Valley to do that.
I have seen places like the Comstock lodge which seem relatively close to the Snow Park Lodge. However, I doubt there is a direct route to the ski school or daycare from there, and assume we would still need to shuttle (unless we could take the kids on the lifts somehow).
Long setup for my question: Do you know have any recommended lodging near Deer Valley that is convenient for taking kids to ski school and daycare? I obviously see a lot of different offerings on VRBO but can never tell which ones are actually convenient to the mountain. Do all options I look at require taking the shuttle, or is there anything within reasonable walking distance? Or is it just better to stay in Park City, use the shuttle, and not bother getting close to Deer Valley? In terms of price, I'd love to spend less than $800 per night, but may be able to do slightly more pending my next question...
One thought I had was to split the week between Deer Valley and Solitude. I'm reluctant to stay at Solitude all week as I worry about there not being much there other than skiing (particularly because my two year old may not ski at all). Is that a valid concern? And would you recommend splitting time or just not bothering? If I split time, I thought I could afford a little more at deer valley.
Sorry for the ramble. Any recommendations/suggestions appreciated?