Originally Posted by COBillsFan
Summit County CO would be a great option for you. The pass is cheap ($550) for all five mountains and if you’re skiing through midweek, crowds will be very light. Consider a 4 pack for Copper ($170) and Loveland ($130) On weekends, head to Beaver Creek for some peace and quiet. As mentioned previously, the free bus is a huge benefit. You’ve got some great nightlife in Breck to keep you entertained.
If you get some pow, Steamboat (EPIC TREES) is only an hour and a half from Dillon and you can really kiss the crowds goodbye.
I really hate this suggestion. If you have a month to ski, you have a month to get off the beaten track. Why in the hell would you want to go to the most crowded ski resorts on the planet?
Also, LMAO at "kissing the crowds goodbye" at Steamboat. This only applies if you are comparing it to Summit County. Steamboat is not an uncrowded ski area, just better than the worst.
Excepting Arapahoe Basin, the terrain at all of the Summit County areas sucks. Steamboat has "Epic trees," and otherwise skis pretty much just like Keystone- if its not groomed every day, it gets a diamond sign at the top.
Places I would consider:
Here are a few dark-horse entries for you, that will require you get a car. Still, what you save on renting (or hell, buy a $1,000 Subaru and sell/give it away to a cool local) a car you can make up in coolness.
Dark Horse option #1- Buy a Monarch season pass, for a grand total of $359.
Monarch is a great, small deep snow ski area. I've been a Colorado skier for 30 years, can ski anywhere, and still love this place. For the past few years, I've lived by Aspen and STILL miss Monarch for how easy it was to find deep untracked snow there- I always make sure I spend a weekend there.
With your Monarch pass, you also get 3 free days to...
AngelFire (Taos area in NM, 2nd larest NM ski area)
Durango Mountain Resort
Sunlight (among many other deals)
Basically, within 3 hours drive of Salida (a cool, laid back, genuine mountain town), you get a ton of passes to use wherever the snow is falling. You get to be adventurous, and really get the Colorado ski experience.
Dark Horse option 2:
Make Durango, CO, or Pagosa Springs, or anywhere in between, your home base. Buy either a $574 season pass to Wolf Creek or a Midweek pass to Purgatory (Durango Mountain Resort).
Durango is the ski town that people haven't figured out that its a ski town. The local area (DMR) is mild, but large by any standards other than Colorado, and 20 miles up the road. Or better, Wolf Creek gets 460 inches of snow a year, 1600 acres, 75% of which is unmolested trees. 1 1/2 hours from Durango, 30 minutes from Pagosa.
Telluride is 2 hours up the road. Silverton, which comprises 2000 acres of San Juan mountains off a single double chair (unguided early/late season, guide required during the heart of winter) is a little over an hour North. Taos is 2 hours South. All of these mountains get hit by different weather patterns, allowing you to buy a pass to one and keep your eyes open for when to scoop the others. Wolf Creek does "Local Days (no type of residency verification, just everybody that shows up gets a discount)" with very cheap lift tickets many weekends out of the year.
Stay someplace cool. What kind of stories do you want? Do you want to be able to tell your kids, "yep, I spent a month skiing Vail with ten trillion other people" or "I caught a 15" Tuesday at this awesome place in Colorado called Monarch (or Wolf Creek, or Sunlight, or wherever off the beaten path). It was me and about 40 other people. I caught faceshots last chair and had first tracks the whole damn day. I could barely walk back to the car, but that didn't keep me from going back the next day."