I have a group that is looking for their first western Mountain experience./
It'll be: 1 Strong Intermediate 55 year old Dad.
2. Two Teenage gunners (aggressive, but medium skills based on Small eastern Sliding: 1 is a snow boarder, One a Skier).
3. 30 Year old couple, intermediate at best skiers with middling levels of fitness.
They are looking for a real deal western resort experience, that is, a name mountain, notably different from what we have back east with off mountain options (and money is a bit of a concern).
They are going mid march of 2016.
My Suggestions were:
and dark horse 3rd:
3. Solitude (delivers on terrain, cost and crowds, but maybe not on other aspects).
What else should be in mi??? They don't have passports and want to stay in the Continental US, and I was looking 'southerly' due to El Nino. (Telluride is probably too hard and too much, Taos, just too hard). I thought maybe Batchelor if the snow lines up.....