We just came back from a 2 day trip to Copper Mountain, we stayed at the Inn at Keystone (on Route 6) which is about 12 miles away. We had flown in from Philly on Sunday and took the drive to Frisco that day in heavy snow (yay).
After eating in the quaint Copper Village we drove back to our hotel in anticipation of a great powder day on Monday; we were not disappointed.
Early Monday we parked in east village with the intent of taking "Super Bee" up to Resolution Bowl to cut some fresh tracks in what was about 18 inches of fresh powder. Super Bee was delayed so we ended up heading up American Flyer and connected over to Resolution which was the most epic boarding I've ever done. The powder was so deep that we just pointed (and shot) down steep runs with very little carving, and little fear of injury as that the powder was pillow soft and dry.
After working resolution a while we rode several blues under "American Eagle" which clearly would have been blacks at lessor resorts.
In the afternoon the wind had picked up but do to the multi-faces of this mountain it was easy to find black runs thru the pines which allowed us to avoid all the wind. These runs ended up being under the Alpine lift. On the end of my first run on Alpine I yelled out to my (adult) son 'who needs sex as long as I have Alpine'.
After exhausting ourselves we chose one the bar/diners in the village and enjoyed beer and salmon (and great service).
The next day I wanted to try Rocker Ski's so I rented a pair in the village while my son boarded. I started on the far right (skiers left) side of the mountain which are ripe with quick and long greens. Eventually I ended up mid mountain on some blues then eventually a black off 'Excelerator' lift.
I had done Copper 4 years ago (on my board) and remember really liking the fact that they had very few flat areas and some great steep groomed runs. On this trip I was completely on top of the world with the powder and overall conditions. Although most of my western trips have been to SLC I will say that Summit County and Copper in particular may have just bumped them to second place.