Thanks! You guys really helped me out. I'll point my friend to this thread and maybe re-schedule our trip for the end of January. December's more convenient, but if there's not that much snow and if the lines are hours long, it just isn't worth it.
January is the way to go!!! Feb and March even better. Copper Mountain rocks!!! Not crowded, cool people, good village, awesome terrain!!! When I moved here the locals told me to hit Copper and stay away from the crowded,expensive Breck. Good luck.
Your right, I use coupons for Copper and haven't seen any for Breck, like the Shell two for One with fill-up. I think the snow is better in Feb and March, like the snow over the past 3 weeks is the weeks has been the best of the season.