Well, here's how our trip went...
Got into Keystone where we were staying Sun night, caught the superbowl and settled in. I had to wait for my friend to do his 'work' conference Mon morning, so I could get in on the discounted tickets. 4 day pass for $240 was worth the wait. We hit Keystone all Mon afternoon and loved the runs; snow was good packed powder. By the time we went to A51 it was late enough that we only got two runs in and didn't get to the 'small' features. Most of A51 is HUGE hits. I don't do rails/boxes and stick to small/medium jumps and felt that the park was just too damned big for me. Later in the week we hit the small jumps and had fun on those especially as we could take the run all the way down to Peru express and get in jumps plus a great run instead of just lapping a park.
Tue morning I tried A-basin for a couple hours while my friend was in meetings. Chill resort, but SLOW lifts and it was toe-numbing cold that morning. As in 0* in Keystone, so, much colder on the hill with wind chill. My size jumps there and early morning empty runs. Charged over to Vail for the afternoon, just to try it b/c you never know when/if we'll be back. Didn't have enough time to properly check it out, but had some fun runs. Snow was HARD and nearly icy - we assume it was from the ass-cold morning, and the snow for the rest of the trip was noticeably harder than our first day on Monday. Vail is frickin huge. Not a fan of the snobby town and no free parking to be found.
Wed I hit Key in the morning and then we went to Breck for the afternoon. Loved the runs and snow at Breck. The medium sized jumps had lines which I hate waiting for (especially if its a larger jump that is gonna test my nerves), so we hit the smaller jumps and checked out some of the Peak 10 groomers. Some really, really fun black runs. Pretty dang empty too.
Thu was our last day boarding and we just stayed local at Key again. One thing I noticed about the mountains in Summit County vs CA was that many runs had either service roads or just natural mounds on the runs that were super fun to haul ass and boost off of. Mammoth doesn't have anywhere near as many. This also led to my worst fall of the trip when I was charging fast down Ballhooter on the left side, hit one of those mounds and went airborne without wanting/trying to boost. I would have recovered fine, but where I landed was on the uphill of the next mound so instead of landing, I just bounced (still upright) and knew it wouldn't end good. Nothing serious at least - just a high-speed wipe out, saved for the last day at least.
Night life was limited to the Goat, which wasn't bad for what it was. Beat out the Alley Cantina in Taos. Met a ski-instructor from Vail who was in Key for work and the guy was a complete ringer at foosball. I mean like pro-level. Fun to try and watch; all you'd see is a blur and he'd place the ball wherever he wanted in the goal. Friendly locals and bartenders - even got a couple t-shirts on our last night.
Great trip - glad I got to check out as much as I did. Weekday riding meant NO CROWDS, which I always love. Heading to Mammoth in the morning and hoping to not catch weekend crowds, but at least we're there till Tue and don't have to board everyday