The price points on this trip seem a tad high. Southwest offers RT tickets to SLC from BWI for about $208 over the Internet. That means that the price of the condo share is about $900 per person based on double occupancy. I've never been to Park City but from researching it extensively, I know one can get fairly inexpensive lodging within a 45 minute drive of the mountain. I suspect many people would rather skimp on lodging, and have a rental car to explore a different venue every day. That's what I would want to do.
Also, the dates may not be very good for some people. The trip falls right after the Christmas/New Years holiday, and is still early in the season. I've been known to make early season trips to New England--mainly to visit relatives. But I'd prefer to stay in the Mid-Atlantic until about the third week of January. Reason: if I am going to ski short days on manmade snow, I'd rather ski local resorts. For trips further afield, I like to go when the snowpack is more developed and days are longer. My next trip to VT will be mid-March as opposed to mid-December.
Most of the hard-core, ski faithful in the region count their vacation days very carefully, and think long and hard about their destination trips. When we get on a plane to ski, we want everything that this region does not offer: big vert., endless trail variety, dry powder, and fast lifts. Utah is a big draw because if you can visit multiple resorts in one trip, and is linked to DC via discount air carriers. Another big draw is the Tahoe for similar reasons. CO, however, still has its faithful, but it's snow record when compared to Utah has caused many to convert to Utah.
New England, btw, still has a strong following around here. It's great to be able to drive there with all your gear, and avoid the numerous hassles of flying. But the weather and snow conditions can be cruel. After the cold weather and horribly short days we experienced at Killington in December last year, I doubt I will ever be able to convince my wife to go to VT again early in the season. She'd rather pay a few bucks more and got to Utah.
The third destination option--kind of the road less travelled--is Europe. For a while, the high dollar made it a wonderful alternative to the West for East Coast types. But those days are long gone thanks to the new American peso. On a positive note, European carriers understand the reluctance of Americans to want to visit Europe these days and are softening the financial hit with some excellent deals. Austrian Air, for example, is a RT ticket from IAD to Innsbruck PLUS three nights of lodging at a three star venue for just $539:http://www.austrianair-vacations.com/csinn_winter2004.htm
You can't beat that deal with a stick. For a few bucks more, you could extend that vacation and spend 3-4 additional nights at St. Anton--a quick train hop from Innsbruck.
My conclusion, therefore, is that $1,000 buys you a lot of different options as a DC based skier, and is a therefore competive price point in which to compete.