Thanks for all the input. I enjoyed the discussion.
After much (too much) thought, I think I'll probably stick with Copper. It sounds like the other resorts have a lot to offer, but it isn't as good a fit as Copper. Maybe I'll give the Colorado Pass a whirl next year when money is a little more plentiful. Maybe with the Intrawest buyout Copper can hook up with Steamboat and Crested Butte...
I think the all season Sunday lessons put me over the top (especially if I don't have to wait in line at Storm King).
Regardless, there are many Copper/WP regulars here on EpicSki who would enjoy hooking up with you on those powder days when you want to get away. Keep an eye open here, and post when you are looking for a companion. Also, keep an eye open for Let's Go Colorado III for an opportunity to meet dozens of Bears. I'm hearing rumors about a 2.5, too...