Late October in CO
So my wife has a conference in Colorado Springs October 28-29 and I can't pass up to the chance to get even the tiniest bit of riding in while we're out there. Based on what I've read, I'm guessing my best (possibly only) practical options will be A-Basin or Loveland. It seems that Loveland gets a little more love from the locals (apologies for the terrible pun) and might be less crowded, but is it worth checking out A-Basin as well? Somewhere else? I'll probably be limited to just 2 or 3 days following her conference. We're generally intermediate-level riders I guess, except we're novices at trees. I like steep groomers, small drops, jumps and easy jibs, but my son is a little more park focused. Both of us would like to do more tree riding if there are any easier tree runs.
I'm also curious about typical conditions this time of year. Though I realize it is totally weather dependent, are we likely to see much powder, or are things often windblown, packed or even sketchy early? The reason I'm asking is that my son got a new board this year and I'm trying to decide whether to bring his old cambered 118cm or his brand-new rockered 135cm. He weighs 90 lbs and struggled riding pow on his old board even last season when he was probably 10 lbs lighter. He does generally prefer park riding, but we want to hit as much as we can. I'll try to bring both, but I'm not yet sure what our luggage situation will be with airline restrictions.