Hey, thanks for all the replies, guys. As far as a "big resort", neither of us really care about the big resort "experience" - we're pretty much just focused on the skiing. It doesn't hurt to have some nice eating places but night-life isn't something that the success of the trip will be measured by.
The more that I think about it, the more I would rather go to a place with less traffic/shorter lift lines. I'm assuming the further you get from Denver, the less packed some of the resorts will be?
Also, I haven't really asked my bro yet, but I'm assuming he'd rather stay at a 120/night motel room than a 280/night resort room, and frankly since my wife won't be with me, I probably would too. Not that that matters all too much, as I'm sure there are plenty of options in that regard.
Being that we'll only be doing 2 or 3 days of skiing, it would be nice not to have to sandwich it between a 3+ hour drive there/back, however if that meant a better experience overall, I'm sure we could both cinch-up our skirts and endure. As far as terrain, we'll be sticking to black and double black runs. It was my assumption that all resorts would have plenty of these to choose from, so we probably wouldn't need to seek out our options in that regard. Thanks again.