They have officially announced that the Colorado Pass will be offered next season. Not sure about the particulars but it will exist.
Sheperd as far as Vail/Beaver Creek comparisons go. Besides for being the Uber rich persons playgrounds you can't really compare them. Vail is huge and you can get away from the crowds if you know the mountain. Hint: On a pow day ride frontside trees.
Beaver Creek is a small mountain, and is all below treeline. The tree riding there is some of the best in the state. It is also rarely crowded, even on weekends. That extra 15 minutes to get there really knocks the Denver traffic down.