Hello! The last two years in late Feb / early March we have travelled from New Zealand to ski Sun Peaks (10 days 2010), Silver Star and Big White, BC (14 days total 2009) . Its been great, especially Silver Star and Sun Peaks but I'm now thinking a US experience is in order. We're one learner adult (husband, who may not ski much anyway), a confident blue/groomed black (me), 10 year old snowboarding boy and 9 year old skiing boy, both fine on blues, and they love trees!
Things we love - lots of terrain, true ski in ski out, fully self contained top quality condo, ski school very handy, lots of restaurants, pedestrian village, a good grocery store, complimentary ski guiding (excellent at Sun Peaks) consistent weather (well, as far as possible in the mountains!). Things we don't like - crowds, noise, shuttles, rain.
From New Zealand we would most likely fly into Los Angeles so our US starting point would be there.
I would be very grateful if someone has some suggestions. I've been reviewing lots of Colorado resorts but there is such a plethora of mixed information it is hard to make a decision based on comparing apples with apples. At the moment Copper Mountain is figuring highly although Steamboat seems to get some good press. O boy, its all very confusing and to make matters worse it doesn't have to be Colorado either!
What to do? Thanks so much for your time.