We're considering spring breaking in CO or UT to introduce our 16-year old to skiing. She's a never-ever, but she's fearless and very fit from speed, agility and weight training. My husband (was intermediate) hasn't skied in about 10 years, but he's a marathon runner so he's in shape, if a bit rusty. I had shoulder replacement surgery last month, so I'm sidelined this year.
We're looking for:
- Not horribly crowded, with good snow conditions mid-March
- Challenging, but won't kill him trails for husband
- Reasonable lift tickets and lessons
- Some way for me to spend my time (coffee shop, library, skier-watching, etc.)
- Laid back - we're more surfer town than upscale, fine-dining types
- Ski-in/ski-out or easy shuttle ride condos
- A ski village atmosphere, if that makes any sense - want daughter to "feel the magic"
We're flying free, so either SLC or Denver works. We'll rent a car and don't mind driving 3-4 hours for the right place. We'd also consider splitting our time - maybe somewhere with cheaper lessons the first couple of days and then move on to a different resort if it fits more of our want list (for ex. SB appeals, but ski school seems pricey).
Husband and I have skied a few places in Colorado, but we know nothing about UT. I've done a little research into SB, Monarch, Wolf Creek, Solitude, Sundance, Winter Park, maybe others, but I'm overwhelmed and on painkillers, so any help would be much appreciated. :-)