Originally Posted by pookie
We did love Lech (Oberlech to be precise). Hope to share that sometime. Here are places being suggested by friends:
Alta (looks fanatastic but afraid it's too much mountain not enough diversion)
Jackson Hole (will the snow be good there in late March?)
Big Sky (not sure what to make of it yet, it's so out there).
Park City does seem great for the number of good areas close by, but will it be a zoo of swarming families (like us) at Springbreak. What we found in Europe and are looking for here is good snow, good mountain, and the 'getting away from it all.' Thanks for your replies, more please.
You want to make this easy on yourself, your friends and your kids. You want to go to Snowmass. You can stay in a wide variety of beautiful ski in ski out properties, the terrain is unbeatable for your skill level. They have a great kids program. In the evening you have the town of Aspen for great dinners and shopping and a great vibe of an old real western town and you have www.ultimatetaxi.com
which your kids will love. You can fly direct into Aspen but a safer bet is to fly into Eagle or fly to Denver ( lots of cheap flights from the east including Jet Blue) and drive up. If you begin to really get your ski legs, you can also hit Ajax and Highlands, they are literally just down the road. Trust me on this your family and wife will love it.
As for the choices you mentioned above.
Park City: Great town but if your splurging stay on mountain at Deer Valley and visit the town on evenings.
Alta: Forget Alta and Snowbird. There is nothing at the base and better skiign can be had for your level elsewhere. PCMR/Deer Valley is a better Utah choice.
Jackson Hole: Harder to get to but it is a lot of fun and there are some amazing snowmobile trips you can take into the national parks. This is the one place that I will take a day off from skiing to do some other activities. For you I don't think the terrain is as good as Snowmass. The town of Jackson is fun though and the whole vibe is still very western and cowboy. There are a number of luxury accomodations right at the mountain as well as condos in teton village