We can get a nice condo for about the same price (rental from timeshare owners -- really a pretty good deal) at these places for the week we need and are interested in which resort area you think would be best for us. We are beginning / intermediate skiers -- comfortable on blue runs at Keystone for example (We were there over Christmas), We won't be going until March of 2013 (non ski vacations already planned for 2012). There are three of us (DH and me -- in our 50s) and DS (16) who really caught the ski bug on our last trip.
Here are my iniial thoughts, but I'd love to hear from others who are more familar with these places than I am and hear your opinion. I really have very little to go on, and my thoughts could be way off base.
Winter Park: Pro for me is that it would be a new place for us // only did one day trip here that I don't remember and that was about 22 years ago. Am thinking there would be plenty of great intermediate terrain.// Am thinking though Breckenridge is probably a nicer ski town.
Breckenridge: I'm leaning toward this, as I know there is plenty of good intermediate terrain and I love the town of Breckenridge -- think it's a charming place / like the resturant choices and ambience.
Vail: Maybe a good choice for more expert skiers // Although our condo would be about the same prices as where we would stay in Winter Park or Breckenridge, I'm wondering if food would be more expensive here? Only skiied here once before and although it was fine for me as an intermediate skier, I think I liked summit county more, but that again was over 20 years ago. // And we seem to have a probably unjustified bias against Vail as being pretentious and overrated??
Which would you pick for us to try?