pretty sure you can get to copper and winter park faster than you can get to breck, a basin maybe a tie with them, loveland is definitely the closest but only by about 20 minutes, half hour. breck is further by about 20 minutes.
i personally highly reccomend copper, especially if you are going to ride on the weekend or holiday. last year i spent about 50 days at copper and it is a very mellow mtn with less tourists, less crowds but everything you could want. also for a mtn you will not know, it has very few catwalks to get lost/stuck on. i will be riding breck/keystone/abasin this year but honestly the actual quality of all the mentioned spots are within the same range and just differ by opinion.
loveland and a-basin have lower ticket prices if you are buying full price day passes. loveland has 4 packs for around $130 that i think are available on their website - check availability. a-basin only sells 4packs at ski shows.
all the other premium resorts are ~$100/day and are sometimes available at ski rentals like breeze for ~$15-20 off full price.
last year these areas had almost 60 inches in november. fingers crossed!
Last edited by snowklinger; 10-03-2011 at 03:51 PM.