At age 69 if you are retired and have time then this is a good and potentially economical suggestion, especially if you have a companion or two to share driving and gas costs. But you kind of have to be the kind of person who likes the open road, which I am. I have done the East-West drive a half dozen times in the last ten years and only once had a brief delay due to snowy roads coming or going. You can stick to well-maintained interstates, practically to the ticket windows. If you do this I'd suggest Beaver Creek for moderate crowds and groomers, although it's not cheapest. Loveland has nice groomers on slightly smaller scale and could be done cheaply if you buy preseason four-packs of lift tickets. If you drive to the Northeast and want to limit miles then perhaps consider Gore Mtn, NY (9:15 hrs) or Mt. Snow, VT (10:15 hrs). They are good groomer mtns and a little easier to get to from points south and west. I've always had a soft spot for Killington from several visits back in the 70s and 80s. I'm sure you'd have fun again there too.
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