Hello, I'm new to EpicSki, so take it easy on me...also I'm a Floridian. Two strikes already? I joined to see if I could get some feedback from the experts.
My wife and I are taking a trip (sans kids) for our 10-year anniversary. It's in October, but we won't be able to travel then since I'll be in the middle of training for an Ironman triathlon (I know, my wife is awesome) and we don't want to get too far away from the actual anniversary date...December also sets up well with our work schedules to be able to take a week or so off.
Since we're both lifelong Floridians and have only been skiing once before (Timberline, Mt. Hood), we don't know much of anything. The obvious question is where to zero in for the best conditions in mid December. Also a big factor is the surrounding town and the "off-mountain" environment: dining, bars, music, etc. We're both pretty laid back and not much into the nightclub scene, but do enjoy finding an interesting place (music, people watching, etc.) to have a few drinks - and conversation - after dinner. We have a decent budget, but don't want to drop huge coin on this trip either. We're both athletic and picked up very quickly on the basic skills needed for almost all the blue runs (I did a couple of the easiest blacks) on Timberline, although I have no idea how that compares to other mountains.
For all of these reasons, I was leaning towards Park City or Keystone. Yay or nay? Other suggestions certainly welcome!