I've noticed a few trends in Colorado, specifically Summit County, but I've talked to friends in Aspen too. Most of the resorts seem to be opening like normal. There was a general lack of hiring in late October and early November partly due to 9/11, but also due to the lack of snow. Most of the resorts seem to have ramped up for Christmas like normal.
Local businesses seem to be much more cautious. While last year you couldn't swing a cat without finding someone who was hiring, this year its harder. Instead of being able to choose from a lot of jobs, most of the seasonal ski-bums are taking what they can get. (A look in the Summit Daily classifieds will show about half as many jobs.)
Even worse off are businesses that rely on air travel. I rode Resort Express to the Denver airport last week and had a chat with the driver about their bookings. From the sounds of it they're way down compared to past years. Then again, a lot of people only started booking lodging for spring break a few weeks ago. A friend of mine runs a business that caters to destination skiers and he said making it until February will be hard but he has a lot of guaranteed business then.
Overall, I'd have to say you're not going to find lift lines much shorter in Colorado, nor are you going to find much cheaper lodging. What you will see are more promotions like Vail is doing where if you book air travel they'll throw in some perks (free lodging and lift tickets for kids, etc).