I would appreciate any comments or suggestions experienced travelers or residents could provide. We are considering Banff or Whistler for my son's spring break in 2015 (April 3-11). This would be a big departure for us as we are typically warm weather vacationers and have had only trouble when we try winter sports (think broken bones and emergency room visits). Our son will be 15 and with only a few years of high school spring breaks left we are anxious to try some new things. Both Whistler and Banff look amazing. We are east coast in the US so Banff may be an easier trip for us. Following is a list of things that we will be looking for in a vacation. Again, we would appreciate any suggestions of which area might be best for us:
1) We would like to try some skiing and will likely want to have private lessons. So good beginner - intermediate slopes would be nice.
2) We don't need a lot of nightlife, but proximity to a town with restaurants, shopping, movie theaters, etc. would be great.
3) We would like to participate in some non-skiing activities like dog sledding, snow shoeing, maybe snowmobile tours.
4) We would be open to a hotel or a condominium - would like to have heated or indoor pools and hot tubs.
Thanks so much!