Yea another option from leaving early on a saturday is staying through dinner and driving home after 6-6:30.
You can still use the Copper strategy at those mountains but you have to know how to get to the secret spots and stay away from the crowds. Those 3 Vail resorts just probably get more people on snowplanks then anywhere in the world...theres not much you can do - its a fact.
I've only ridden 2 saturdays teh last 2 years, when friends visited from out of town. I've told them to come midweek, and from now on I'm sticking to it. I'm busy on the weekends - I run a kitchen!
-got the tips talking to old-schoolers around the bar who still ride weekends and make it work.
is it late october yet?