I live near Chicago and have been out to CO every January for the past 7 years. My buddies and I drive out there, and spend a week in a condo near Vail. The majority of our time is spent in the back bowls and blue sky at Vail, but we typically try and get to Keystone/Copper or Breck for at least a day or two. We basically keep everything the same each year because it works, its reasonable, and we all have a great time.
This year I'll be adding a trip, but with just the gf. She's an intermediate skier, has been to Colorado a few times, and isn't afraid to push herself. We will be going over New Years (work won't let her take much time off except around the holidays) and will be flying out of Chicago or Milwaukee.
My question is, can anyone give me a quick summary of how the other big resorts in CO compare to Vail, BC, Breck, Keystone and Copper? At first I thought we would find a condo around Dillon and just drive to a new resort each day. But now I'm interested in places I haven't been, such as Winter Park, Steamboat or Telluride, or maybe even going to Utah. We are trying to keep it reasonable. Yesterday I priced out a 1bd condo, 4 days of skiing, plane tix and car rental for a little over $2k for both of us.
Any thoughts? Most of you have seen a lot more of Colorado than I have, and I have never been to Utah. We really aren't all that interested in night life... as long as there is a kitchen in the condo/hotel or a few restaurants/bars around, we will be good. We are looking for good skiing for a reasonable price, and to hopefully avoid some of the crowds (I know, that will be very tough at this time).