It's vacation. For everyone's maximum fun/enjoyment/stress relief, stay in one of the base, pedestrian Villages (Vail Village, Lionshead or Golden Peak). It is so awesome to walk to lifts, on your schedule, hassle-free without shuttle or parking issues. Then at the end of the day, walk out the door to shopping and dining. This is also great when someone wants to take a day-off skiing. They can meander in the villages and even take the gondola up the mountain to have lunch with the rest of the group.
Vail has a great free outdoor concert series that your kids would love (Nov-Dec, Mar-Apr). Also, Adventure Ridge does some cool evening activities like snow bikes with head lamps. The bungee trampoline rocks. Plus, Vail offers teen only mountain passes, including a boarding or ski lesson. Sweet way to enjoy the mountain, meet some other kids and feel independent (all under the skilled and watchful eye of a top-notch Vail teen-specific instructor). There are also evening activities geared toward teens throughout the Villages. The best part of the Villages is that they present an lot of fun places for the kids to explore, safely. They can grab a latte, troll the great shops, laugh at the Seniors (all of us over 30). Think luxe mall, in the very best setting ever! Call Vail for more Teen activities.
Lodging? Don't miss vrbo.com (though I suspect you are a regular there, internet hound
). I avoided Vail previously on financial premises; however, after a sudden change of plans, I put together a great trip to Vail last year,and fell in love! I found Vail to be very affordable (staying in the Village) and am returning this February. With a little diligence, you will find the perfect Vail condo and will be able to afford that must have hoodie (or three) your teens will find.
The skiing at Vail is spectacular. Check out the Bowls, all of you. They offer something for everyone. Picnic at Belle's Camp in Blue Sky Basin (great crowds, all ages, usually very entertaining-plus they have gas grills for your use...have the most memorable of cookouts). Great snow, varied terrain and not wind ravaged like Breck!
Also, I have flown into Denver and driven to Vail effortlessly. Leaving Denver the Monday of President's week, you will be going against traffic and returning Saturday, you will again be going against it (yeah!!!). Allow bonus time at DIA as security can be slow moving (well organized, though).
Vail. This time next year you will be a fan, too!