Sorry, I did not mean to come across as ungrateful to James. (Apologies, James!) Just trying to clarify that this is supposed to be a vacation, not an endurance test. My personal experience suggests that the kind of itinerary James mapped out can look doable on paper but in practice feels crazy hectic at best and sometimes is just unworkable because there's just not enough margin for error and general human frailty built in.
So, what I gather is that you are only interested in few days of skiing on your trip. If it is too challenging to ski on your 1st day (and I assume the same for your last day), then that only leaves 3 days of skiing during a trip where you pay for 4 nights of lodging. To each his own
I guess my thought was that we would probably stay 5 nights and ski 4 days. If we got an extra half day in at the beginning and/or end (see Maui Steve's post) without a stress-inducing scramble, that would be gravy.
I think it's precisely these kinds of considerations that have most folks recommending SLC - no doubt rightly.