I think we've pretty much settled on Keystone as our home base. We'll be there April 4-10 and will be buying 5 day epic day passes with the idea of skiing 2-3 days at Keystone as well as at least a day each at A-Basin and Breck. This will be our family's (two kids, age 5 and 11) first ski trip to CO, so I'm kind of flying blind.
We're looking for a two bedroom condo, preferably with one king bed and one bedroom with two beds and convenient access to skiing. I'm thinking if walking access it will have to be very close, if it's a bit of a hike to the lift, we're probably better off using a shuttle with all the gear, kids, etc. A nice pool and hot tub area is important too (I'd love a private hot tub). We'd probably like to stay in Mountain House or River Run areas, though would consider other areas if they're either a great deal, or offer amenities (like private hot tub) that we like. Also, we'll have a rental car, so parking is a must.
I have a few questions about some of the properties towards the top of our list.
River Run Springs...this appears to be a very family friendly option...the pool and hot tub areas look very nice too. I also like that it's one of the closer units to the River Run gondola. My concern is how crowded these will be...obviously, the pool area is a draw for families, is it jam-packed when you want to be using it? I love to take a nice soak after a day on the slopes, will the hot tubs be full of kids from 3:00-10:00? What are the hours of the pool area? Tough to tell how densely populated these condo complexes are...
River Run Red Hawk Townhomes...this is actually a bigger unit that we need, but I like the looks, location and amenities. The only thing I don't like is that you have to go over to Red Hawk Lodge for the pool and hot tub. Anyone know how this works? Is it a hassle to get in and use the facilities? Is there a changing area, etc for folks coming from the townhouses? Same questions about the pool and hot tubs...do they tend to be crowded? I'm figuring this is a couple hundred yard walk to the gondola, correct?
Any condos away from Mountain House or River Run that you might suggest? Especially interested in units that have a private hot tub. Any other condos that have great, uncrowded pool/hot tub areas? Trying to keep lodging to under $200/night.