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Agreed, I go to ride deep pow and epic terrain not drink hot toddies, show off my leather\fur\bling and get spa treatments but to each his own.

To me the biggest factor in "difficulty" is snow conditions, if I have a foot of fresh powder I'll literally ride anything but if it's ice\crud\junk forget it, this is why I'm so sold on Utah I've never gone there and not had atleast one mega powder day.
You can find that in CO just have to avoid the I-70 shit show on weekends.
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You can find that in CO just have to avoid the I-70 shit show on weekends.

As far as crowds yes as far as snow condition's it's not apples to apples, last season SLC resorts got almost 200 inches(730 inches at Snowbird) more snow than anything in Colorado and for the record overall I like CO terrain and people\party scene better but to me snow quality and depth are #1.
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Wasn't on your list but Copper Mtn has some sweet, long blue terrain of American Eagle lift. It has some pretty good apre ski spots if your into that sort of thing. Can get pretty packed on a weekend though.
Any packed weekend in Summit County and Copper is going to have some of the shortest lines. Mellow vibe at Copper, doesn't get the attraction of Breck and Vail but tons of great blues and even a groomed black on the east side (Rosie's Run takes a turn off a blue and is a mogul free drop straight down to the lift, great fun!). Condos are available at the base.

Secret Copper Local tip: Super Bee is a high speed 6man lift that services the east village. There are tons of signs everywhere that say "NO BEGINNER TERRAIN" (but there are plenty of fun long blues) on the shuttles to east village as well as all over the moutain if you head there. This keeps alot of tourists, missile kids and other undesirables away offering shorter lift lines to long runs on a crowded day. Ladder up a couple intermediate lifts on that side of the mountain and you wont wait in line much even if its crowded.

Copper has a more authentic vibe than alot of the other top tier resorts which have a more Disney-meets-Beverly Hills feel (meh). IMHO FWIW.

There are a crapload of blues over on the west side too, explore those off peak times (lunch, weekdays, first tracks)

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If you want intermediate terrain it's sort of hard to beat Vail. As the sayin' goes "same 'ol blue Vail"...
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Any packed weekend in Summit County and Copper is going to have some of the shortest lines. Mellow vibe at Copper, doesn't get the attraction of Breck and Vail but tons of great blues and even a groomed black on the east side (Rosie's Run takes a turn off a blue and is a mogul free drop straight down to the lift, great fun!). Condos are available at the base.

Secret Copper Local tip: Super Bee is a high speed 6man lift that services the east village. There are tons of signs everywhere that say "NO BEGINNER TERRAIN" (but there are plenty of fun long blues) on the shuttles to east village as well as all over the moutain if you head there. This keeps alot of tourists, missile kids and other undesirables away offering shorter lift lines to long runs on a crowded day. Ladder up a couple intermediate lifts on that side of the mountain and you wont wait in line much even if its crowded.

Copper has a more authentic vibe than alot of the other top tier resorts which have a more Disney-meets-Beverly Hills feel (meh). IMHO FWIW.

There are a crapload of blues over on the west side too, explore those off peak times (lunch, weekdays, first tracks)
Agreed 100% on Super B- park in the free lot and walk right to the lift. Copper is less crowded than most Summit spots but probably more packed that the OP is looking for. We used to find fresh pow and nice tree lines on the west side and everybody forgets about that side.

I stopped riding Copper due to price of tickets and found a more local sceen at Loveland I like better, but damn I do miss Super B!
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As far as crowds yes as far as snow condition's it's not apples to apples, last season SLC resorts got almost 200 inches(730 inches at Snowbird) more snow than anything in Colorado and for the record overall I like CO terrain and people\party scene better but to me snow quality and depth are #1.
I hear ya- never rode in UT but those totals are enticing for sure. Wolf Creek I would say has the best snow in CO with over a 400" average, but I can never day trip it down there
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I hear ya- never rode in UT but those totals are enticing for sure. Wolf Creek I would say has the best snow in CO with over a 400" average, but I can never day trip it down there

I know the only CO resort off of I-70 I've been to is Winter Park :-(, I'm dieing to get to places like Teluride and WolfCreek where crowds are truly non existent even compared to Utard standards.
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