we went that week last year and stayed in the holiday inn for about 140/night. mcdonalds right next door, best restaurant/bar beside that in a strip mall that had a grocery store and a sports authority and a liquor store, a taco bell was right in front of that. it was pretty much perfect and it has a free shuttle that takes you to and from vail village. we booked it through expedia and got 3 day passes for 2 days price at vail.
Ya, this is what we do in Nov to save money and keep the trip cheap. In jan we like to do ski in/skin out & stay in a place real nice. Breck is in our price range but vail just isnt lol.