Thanks all, my wife doesn't ski every day and hence likes to have a bit of a village that she can walk around (and spend money!)...hence why we aim for the bigger resorts...as opposed to some of the smaller Canadian resorts. The premium for an equivalent resort at Vail to whistler (i.e. The Westin , pan pacific etc excluding currency) is nearly double...and even that is for a smaller room. We have been spoiled by some good deals at whistler and we usually try and spend a couple of weeks there so is a bit hard to justify...if we want to have a similar standard accom and time at Vail. Steamboat could be an option.