I'm picturing a low-key event. We turn up on Thu night or Friday morning and stay in condos crammed to maximum occupancy to reduce cost. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings we can ski in the mornings (at least, those who want to ski can ski--the rest of us can sleep in).
The conference part starts at 3pm and goes until 10pm, with a meal break. I can get a projector free of cost, I think, so all we need is to find a hotel or condo block with room for 20-50 people. One track only.
We could even have fun with it--have a chili cookoff one night, for example. I really picture it as more like the talk.bizarre gatherings I've been to than a conference. But it'd still have enough technical content that it'd be tax-deductible or you could make a good case for your boss to pay for it.
The big constraint is cost. But because of its small size (I can't imagine more than 30 people really being interested and available) we could do without "real" badges and offer electronic proceedings only. The meals would be simplified: you're on your own for lunch when you're on the ski slopes, and dinners are a cooperative deal like the YAPC pizza lunch was. The main cost will be accomodation.
I have two tentative dates in mind: the weekend of January 18, which will be my 30th birthday; and the weekend of the 25th, which is nothing in particular other than a week before the bioinformatics conference.
Let me know what you think! Good idea or bad? Preferred skiing locations? (I was figuring something like Breckenridge in Colorado, where there are shuttles from the Denver International Airport to the towns) Any advice on penny-pinching?