I got some awesome help from the peeps here a couple of years ago for our 17 day planned engagement trip to Telluride. Sadly we both got injured after only 5 days of amazing skiing (dislocated shoulder / sprained ACL). The depression prevented me from posting on here for a while!!
Anyways, we have decided that rather than spend lots of cash on a wedding, the money will be better spent on a nice ski trip with our family where we can hopefully have very basic ceremony and celebrate with a nice couple of weeks skiing. We are 2 strong intermediates, a 1 year old baby, a non-skiing grandmother and a 10 year old absolute beginner.
Neither my Mother or 10 year old nephew have experienced north america and I'm hoping it will be an amazing experience for them at Christmas, preferably somewhere with a real ski town feel (we loved telluride). Mother won't be skiing so something to keep her occupied (aside 1 year old baby) shops, cafes and the ability to stroll around the town / village.The nephew will be happy with learning to ski and some other kids activities where there will be other little uns around would be good.
In Telluride we both skied the blues and a lot of the blacks off Chair 9 amongst others. I was happy over at Revalation Bowl and was ok on a couple of double blacks.
I've spent hours on Tony Crockers site (awesome) and understand the issue of early season hols, but its either now or it won't happen for a couple of years. We aren't dead set on anywhere in particular and are open to advice. We've skied Banff area, Fernie, Mammoth, Summit Co and a little of Telluride. Obviously with such a crowd we need to try and keep costs low. We'll definitely be hiring a 4x4 for the 2 weeks. Places I've been looking at; Grand Targhee (no town, good snow and mountain), JH (poor coverage, too advanced, good town), Whistler (wet?, crowded), Fernie (good snow, not much of a town?), Mt Bachelor (summit often closed, good snow, Bend good town), Steamboat (coverage, expensive, nice town), Solitude (crowds, no ski town?).
We are willing to leave as late as possible, but I'm concerned this could substantially affect the cost of the trip. Thinking a condo through AIRBNB will be the most cost effective. Some great deals on flights at the moment to Seattle and San Fransisco.
So, please, any help or guidance would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance,