You guys have been EXTREMELY helpful...I wouldn't have considered Steamboat but now it's up there in the top 3.
Seriously, nobody is wasting their time here - we are having a discussion that is helping me tremendously, and will probably help others in the future.
Thank you all very much for your input.
Go someplace where it snows. This year that appears to be Steamboat out of your choices. But Winter Park has been getting it too, and I don't understand why it is not on your list. When you started this out 4 months ago, you wanted an intermediate bowl. Winter Park has one of the absolute best of anyplace I know. Loveland has another, but... The 4x40 deal makes it seem likje destiny to me.
I realize that you have no clue at all what you want, and so your goalposts don't just move, they are rocket powered. Suddenly its glades? Then its scenery? When will it be which chairlifts have the comfiest seats? When will it be about the brand of groomer? 3050 vert vs. 3126?
We left the absurd in this thread 13 pages back. I don't know what this is anymore.
Sw CO has had no real snow for 1 1/2 months. At this point we can hope that the snow turns on to get to an average Winter, but this year certainly seems to be a North favored year. I would not reccomend Telluride this year. Yes, the weather could change, but for a trip in Feb, go North.