Hi there - need a little insider advice. I am considering taking the kids to the snow on the way to visit family in Florida. If we can get to LA our USA family will pay for our tickets across to visit them. Currently I can get very good flights to LA via Vancouver, so thinking Whistler would be our best option. Alternatively, I can fly into LA and make the side trip to SFO and ski at Heavenly. We would be skiing last week of Jan, 1 adult two kids (8 and 11). All intermediate skiers, though eldest child is more advanced than myself and youngest. My questions are in terms of logistics mainly: 1. Given I am on my own with the kids I am wondering which option is the easiest for me to manage. I'm thinking getting there and away, travel around the resort, getting from accomodation to lifts each day etc. 2. What is the most budget focused? I will probably opt not to self cater dinners but would like to have the option of eating breakfast in our room/lodge. 3. Am I best to travel with our skis/boots buy when we are over there? I have skis and boots that I am very happy with, the kids have skis that will be too short and Roces boots, which I don't love but they don't complain. 4. Will the ski clothing we use in Australia be warm enough. We currently have mainly Aldi clothing and it has never let us down, until July 5th at Perisher when it dumped 20cm on snow on us and we had damp neck lines and jacket cuffs. Finally does anyone have any other suggestions of which mountains to consider, given that any travel from LA to that mountain will be on me. Thanks, any ideas/advice most appreciated.