a bit of background:
i'm a not-terribly-experienced-but-decent skier, can ski most blacks in the northeast, and have been improving steadily. planning to go out west for the first time this season.
a couple of years ago i convinced my girlfriend to let me teach her how to ski. suffice it to say, i wish i had read some of the advice on this forum first! she actually got the hang of it very quickly, but i of course tried to take her on steeper trails way too soon, and the day pretty much ended right there. haven't tried again since.
this year i have another shot, she's agreed to give it another try, and i want to do it right, so i was planning on going somewhere for 3 days in early/mid january and getting her lessons. looking for advice on where we should go.
from my research, the top prospects are sugarbush, whiteface, and killington. they each have some kind of 3-day 'learn to ski' program.
my priorities are great instruction and great beginner terrain - i think she'll pick it up pretty well and will want to move off the bunny hill after not too long, but won't want to get run over by advanced skiers on crossovers. also, would like somewhere with nice views and a nice town/village - we're not looking for parties, but would like to be able to walk around somewhere at night, etc.
what can anyone recommend? for obvious reasons, i want her to be as excited about skiing as i am, so i want her to have the best all-around experience possible.
thanks in advance for the advice - these forums are a fantastic resource!
note: would love to consider stowe as well, but i think we're priced out, based on some preliminary research
note 2: so far i've been thinking to stick with the 'big mountains' because of the impressive views and experience, and also because i'd prefer to have more to explore while she's taking lessons :-) open to other suggestions as well though