The audio circuitry on the VX1000 is garbage, the colour is OK, the low light performance is quite good. But again, the sound is bad.
Get a Panasonic DVX100a (check www.dvxuser.com)
or a Canon XL1-s or even a Canon XL2 (standard 20x optical zoom could be useful for ski stuff?).
Pana DVX is IMO the best of the best for people who don't need HD (yet). You can put your shit on the big screen without getting laughed at with that camera. I don't really know how much you know about this sort of stuff already so I'm not gonna pretentiously wade into the specs but trust me, it owns the vx1000 in more ways than one.
If you can't find a DVX for $1000, it also has a little brother which would also destroy a VX1000... actually can't remember the model name but you'll know it if you see it.
As I see it, the VX1000 is just the very "best" consumer camera available, it's made for soccer mums who have too much money, there's nothing truely pro about it.
Pana HVX200 is really what you should be looking at, that's my next camera :p