Looking for some opinions here. We are a motley group scattered between NYC and DC on the East Coast. We are planning (somewhat on impulse) a New Year trip to a resort. We are looking primarily for a fun town or resort with lots to do, as some in the group are beginners and don't plan to ski more than maybe one day (others are pretty hard core skiers so it does have to be a decent skiing mountain). For several years, we have done a trip to Lake Placid. Lots of fun, caught the occasional show at the Olympic complex, and for New Year's night we typically skated around the outdoor olympic speed skating rink (stays open on New Year night) drinking champagne smuggled in little plastic bottles :) We want to try a different location, but with similar offerings of a fun little town.
Any suggestions? Someone suggested Okemo, I know the mountain is great for skiing, but how is the town/resort? Are we likely to find similar amenities? What else would you suggest?
Thanks for any and all advice.