Luxury, cruiser mountain, never crowded
Expensive ($$$$) and Bachelor Gulch may be too quiet
My wife and I have visited every January for 6 years in a row and we never tire of this place. The Ritz Carlton at Bachelor Gulch is a gorgeous resort with all the amenities. Fantastic snow conditions (in January at least), we've only been "snowed in" one time in six years, and even then we got in a couple of good days of skiing. More mellow and laid back than Vail itself, but Vail's only a 10 min. drive down the road for shopping and dining. We usually stop for lunch at the Red Hawk camp, great food. There are some good restaurants down in the town of Edwards, at the bottom of the hill, try Juniper for terrific fish and veal. I've skiied all over the U.S., was a former ski instructor, and have to say the Ritz Carlton resort and the entire Beaver Creek resort area are tops, possibly even better than Deer Valley.