-If you want to ski, don't have kids.
-If you want to ski, live someplace where you can decide to do so on a moment's notice. ABQ, not so much.
They are 3 and 5.
I think the key is where you live. I don't think I would drive several hours with my kids just to ski with them for an hour and a half before putting them in daycare.
By the way.... I couldn't even IMAGINE not having a single day in by Jan. 20th. I would be going insane!