If you are coming out for a week or more, you probably want to buy a season pass. The Epic Pass gets you all of the resorts in the area minus Copper and Loveland.
I'd find out if you are crashing with your buds or not. VRBO tends to be a good spot to find lodging. Alpine Inn has some of the cheapest rates in Summit county.
Airfare, if available fly Southwest. They do not charge for board bags or bags in general. When other airlines offer cheaper flights than Southwest, they typically more than make up for it with baggage charges. Not too mention they don't often beat SW's prices anyway.
thanks for the headsup on southwest...
arent season passes pretty expensive? it would really make more economical sense to buy a season pass just to ride for a week?
yes i do need to figure out if im staying with friends, but assuming im not, i would like to stay somewhere slopeside so i dont have to travel to the mountain...if you had never been out west (like me) and are a freestyle rider, what mountain would you stay at? and what lodging at said mountain has slope side lodging?