Originally Posted by lonewolf210
I was at the Air Force Academy for 4 years and both passes are worth the money. In fact my last year there I had both but I skied a lot. The RMSP is probably the best balance between price and the resorts you get.
Another option he could look at is buying a season pass to Monarch especially since Fort Carson is fairly far south. The pass includes 3 days each at Copper, Loveland and Purgatory. It also includes an unguided day at Silverton which may or may not interest your son.
Another vote for Monarch. Distance from Colorado Springs to Monarch is roughly a toss up to distance to Copper or Winter Park. The difference is that the drive time to Monarch is consistent and predictable as it is off I-70 and not affected by traffic. If folks are expecting to ski off I-70 on weekends, you can expect that the 2.5 hour trip (each way) takes 4+ hours some days.
That said, Breck is slightly less driving time from Colorado Springs because you can get there from US 24 and CO Stae Hwy 9 over Hoosier Pass. In good weather, Breck is roughly two hours and 15 minutes away, and that route is also away from traffic. But, Breck is the most crowded resort in Colorado.
Monarch is a great little mountain. The vibe is one of the best in skiing. The mountain gets a good amount of very high quality snow. The downside is that the mountain is only 1100 vert, but you do get good advanced fall line skiing over a lot of the mountain, and the advanced terrain sees little traffic.
I lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years and most often I had a Monarch pass. Never felt like I was missing a damned thing.