Trip Planning for next season...what is the best place to go at the worst time to go?
Ok so here is the deal...we (wife, son and I) want to go out west and snowboard some big mountains next year, the problem is that he is in school and we both work so the best time to go would be between Christmas and New Years. Yes we FULLY understand that this is when everyone goes, the airfare, the hotels and the lift tickets will all be at their highest prices of the year...there will also be lines (this really sounds like a bad plan the more I think about it).
But so if you were going to go at this time where is the best place to go? My wife's brother lives in the Denver area and his wife and daughter snowboard as well...typically going to Keystone. So if we can leverage using their house for a way point when we arrive and leave it would help..plus her brother can watch our littlest one (will just be getting on the snow, turns 2 tomorrow) when she isn't on the snow.
In my youth I have been to the Boreal, Jackson Hole, Breckenridge, Killington and a few other north east (VT, NH) resorts, but I'm sure most of the bigger, more well known resorts will be packed. Also I am a little worried about snow cover at the end of Dec...is that even a concern out west?
Basically I'm at the really early stages here and am just looking for ideas of family friendly spots for a week of snowboarding.