How much of a zoo is Jay during Xmas week? I've been running the numbers on a family ski trip out West (I'm in DC) from 28 Dec to 01 Jan, and the totals are pretty staggering. To fly a family of 4 out West during that timeframe to ski for 3 days adds up to about $5500, on average. (Crested Butte came in at the cheapest at ~ $4400. Big Sky was the most expensive at ~ $7500.)
Getting in the car and driving to someplace on the East Coast for those 3 days of skiing suddenly seems a lot more appealing.