im kind of in the same boat. first trip out west. Just booked flights to denver tonight for Dec 26th through 30th. Planning on getting 4 days in. trying to remain somewhat economical, yet still have a great experience.
Mountains we are looking at are loveland. 4 lifts for like $140 total. thought that was a pretty good deal if we can split the lifts to 2 each and spend two days on other mountains...though concerned there is a reason it is half the price of all the others.
Keystone, or I think it is the 4 mountain pass for like $100 a day
Copper Mountain for about $90 a day.
Are those OK choices? I am sure any one of them will kick anything's arse I have been on yet...exept white face, which I was not ready for at the time...but I still want a good all round experience. some park, glades, hopefully pow. All round, all mountain. I would like one mountain tha tmay provide some of all of it...of course, I dont expect any to have the best of all of it. if that makes sense.
Thanks for any input.