Since I live in Texas I only get to go to CO maybe once a year and I have always stayed and skied in Steamboat. I usually go in late Dec or Jan because the snow is good, prices cheap, and the lines are short. However, I am going to Denver next week on business but I am staying for the weekend as a short vacation. I picked a hotel right on I-70 in the western part of Denver. My goal is to wake up early Saturday and drive to a ski resort. I am an intermediate and do not ski anything higher than Blues. Since I know some colleges start their Spring Breaks on the 7th I am trying to avoid the HUGE lines. Obviously Breck is out of the question. Is Copper Mountain or Loveland worth the extra drive? Will their lines be any better? Please suggest any other slopes that are 2 hours or less from Denver. Anything more than a 2 hour drive and it isn't worth it. I also imagine I will have to leave Denver before 6am to not get stuck in horrible traffic on Saturday? I appreciate yalls help!