i am from cincinnati, and am looking to go on a christmas trip out west to a resort (perferably utah/colorado, but could go to vermont too) we would like to stay 3 or four nights, and i am looking for a resort that has enough to do around it (movie theaters etc.) that some people who dont ski would still have things to do. does anybody have any suggestions? i am looking for a good deal. i was thinking possibly breckenridge, keystone, or vail. I would love to hear any suggestions about those or about others. Just looking for a great deal you know of!
You're putting-in quite the request here! First, putting Vermont/Colorado/Utah all in the same mix is just no good. If you are going to be flying to either spot, I would suggest ditching the idea of VT.....over Christmas all of the resorts are going to be crowded and expensive, so I would suggest you go where there is much more acreage....IE Colorado or Utah.
That being said, if you stay in the Ski towns (Breck, Vail, Park City) you'll probably be paying a heftier chunk of change than if you stay in one of the nearby towns. They (ski towns) are great experiences and all provide plenty of things to do for boards and non-boards alike.....all in walking distance! If you want to go to Summit County, CO you might want to think about staying in Silverthorne or Dillon. There are some things to do in each town and a bus system that can loop people to and from Breck, Keystone, and some of the other resorts throughout the day. Things will be cheaper (food, drinks, lodging) in those two towns and you still have the beautiful mountain scenery. Lift Tickets will not be cheap anywhere. Your request is like going to the beach over the 4th of July.
Utah might be a little cheaper, but not by much! For either spot, you might want to check VRBO.com for lodging ideas.
Good luck and have fun!!!! If you have time to play with before going, check snow reports....it is early season everywhere! (Though the Pac Northwest.....MtBaker.us) is getting hammered with snow.
Ehem...and be greatful that this is a Steeler fan offering this advice! =)