I agree. Riding every other day beats out one big trip out west. You're riding more, period - which is what we're all here to do right?
Do the mountains you mention offer 6-pack tickets or something similar? I know alotta mountains in the northeast offer something like this, buy 6 tickets for the price of 4 or 5. I used to go this route a few years ago when my schedule was more sporadic and wasn't sure I was able to get the most out of a season pass..just a thought.