The Homestead is one of my family's favorite places to get away. It's VERY expensive, but the staff throughout the resort is terrific and, in the end, you get what you pay for so we don't mind spending the money to stay there given how beautiful it all is. As far as skiing is concerned, this is the perfect place to bring young kids to learn. There is nothing in the way of challenging terrain. We used to own a place in Bretton Woods NH, but haven't skied for 3+ years since moving to Northern VA. The kids were able to pick it up again in a snap and could handle every path on the mountain. Grooming was excellent so even on 90% man made stuff there was almost no ice. Typical East Coast conditions, but the staff at the mountain and resort are what make it worth the trip and the money.