It'd be the wife and I. I've been skiing for about a year and have been hooked since day one with a trip out east to Sunday River (wife's family is from Maine) and now a hold pass and weekly lessons back here in the Midwest. I do fine on pretty much everything up to the double blacks here (I could get down them as I've gotten down some of the extremely bumped up singles but it's not pretty to be sure) and enjoy the single black trees so that probably puts me at a solid intermediate pretty much anywhere with actual mountains.
My wife has gone skiing with me exactly once. She picked it up quite quickly (links stem christies it looks like) from years of ice skating but tweaked her knee and went in after 4 hours. She enjoys it but being barely past the bunny hill isn't sure how much she'd be up for a pure ski trip.
Anyway, with these in mind staying on mountain somewhere sounds really good - that way she could ski as much as she wants and go in and I could go tackle bigger stuff without her. Since it's not pure skiing something to do after the lifts stop turning would be nice. We're not huge party scene people (our honeymoon was a cabin in the middle of no where in VT for instance) so quiet is fine, but completely dead is pushing it.
With this in mind so far staying at Solitude has sounded good (with the village at night - just enough to do) but a bit pricey (ends up being ~250 per night) . Considered PCMR but concerned about the crowds. Powder Mountain looks great price wise and crowd wise but looks like it completely dies after the lifts stop and seems a bit vertically challenged. Long, open greens would be great. Would love to try some powder (if lucky) but not a requirement. Big Sky looked great but American doesn't fly there. Steamboat looks awesome on all accounts but I'm short on mileage to make it there. Seems DEN and SLC are my best bets. Would like to get lodging under $200/night but still retain that option for her to retire back to the room for a while (or sleep in late while I get some laps in).
Not against off the beaten path as long as American flies there. ;)
Considered hitting VT (ME is out since we'd like it to be pure vacation not a family visit trip) but concerned about the weather/icy slopes for a beginner. Though we love VT as a state. :)
It's looking like this would happen around the first week of March or last week of Feb. Though I'm open to solid spring picks for cost reasons (my Sunday River choice was April 10th or so last year - still a great time!)
Apologies for the wall of text thanks for the thoughts!