I try to get out every year...I usually avoid Breck or Keystone....I suggest Winter Park for cheap and quality riding. Google hotels in that area, call them up and start asking for deals. Finding friends in any area is the best idea, working on that myself, right now. Idaho Springs has a ton of nice places to crash land before heading into any pass. We found a 4 bed, 1 couch place for $40 bucks between christmas and new years, last year. Good luck, have fun!
If you want great powder right now steamboat is the place to be... actually anywhere in CO. from what I heard... But steamboat is gonna cost ya... it's 75$ a day for a lift pass.... and at least 90$ a person for a room.. unless you hookup some kinda package...