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First, sorry for no pictures. My wife had the camera and all she took were photos of us on the lifts and standing around, and no one wants to see those.

We flew into DIA late Wed night and spent the night at the Days Inn where our rental car (ACE Rental) awaited us bright and early the next morning. This is definitely the way to go if you want to rent a car. We got a full size 4 wheel drive SUV for $250 per week, and the 4 wheel drive definitely came in handy.

Our first day we went to Copper. My youngest took an all day kids lesson (she wasn't real crazy about it), I took an Express Group Lesson (really enjoyed it) and my wife and older daughter just skied. They had just had 20+ inches of snow the last two days and the conditions could not have been better. Copper's express lessons are for more advanced skiers and you spend the day in small groups (in my case 2 plus the instructor). The only problem was that I wanted to work on off piste skills and the other guy wanted to work on groomed turns. Because of the great conditions, we were able to do both on a lot of the runs as half was groomed and half was not. We did do a few completely ungroomed runs and I had a blast, my partner did not. Bottom l line is I love Copper, it is one of my favorite places to ski. The rest of the family didn't really enjoy it that much.

Second day (Friday) we skied at Keystone. We meet up with TrekChick, Mr. TC, A friend of theirs from MI, Stevesmith7 and Geoffda in the morning. They were going to rip some harder terrain and the girls didn't want to do that so I skied the outback with my girls in the morning. The conditions were great. They had not groomed any of the terrain we skied on so it was all broken powder/crud on all of the blue runs. We met up with TC, MR. TC, and Stevesmith7 in the afternoon and Steve gave us a tour of the front side, introducing us to a hidden groomer right in the middle of the mountain (Jackwacker). We did this run several times and had it all to ourselves on all occasions. What a blast to bomb down an empty cruiser. On a couple of the runs the boys detoured onto a bump run and met up with the ladies at the bottom. Thanks again Steve for showing us a great time at Keystone.

My wife and girls REALLY wanted to ski Vail so we headed there on Saturday. All is can say is it is a great place to go on the weekend if you really really like a crowd. I don't. We hit Game Creek Bowl for a couple of runs early (I should have just stayed there all day), went over to China bowl and BSB for a few runs and basically had time to get out and back to Lionshead to end the day. The skiing was nice, but I honestly think we spend more time in the lift lines than skiing.

Finally we spend Sunday at Beaver Creek. What a great day. We started on Redtail and did a few laps of Larkspur bowl. I got my two daughters to ski Lupine and Shooting Star with me, and my older daughter (17) started getting bump fever. We then did a little tour visiting Arrowhead, The snow there was not very good so we stopped at the broken arrow and had the best bloody marys on earth and headed over to Bachelor Gulch to see the Ritz. We then headed to Redtail camp to have lunch (great buffalo chili). After lunch we headed up birds of prey. The wife and youngest his some of the cruisers while the older daughter and I did some laps on Ripsaw off the Rose Bowl lift. The snow was fantastic, soft pillowy bumps. I was so proud of Victoria. She has only been skiing four times and she was skiing the black bump runs like a champ. We took the last lift to the top and closed the mountain down on the way down. Vic and I finished off with Harrier. Their bumps were a little more crusty that the others, but still much fun.

We hit McCoy's for a little Shannon Tanner and a couple more Bloody Mary's before calling it a trip.

Bottom line is we all loved Beaver Creek, we were pleasantly surprised by how well we liked Keystone (thanks again Steve), decided Vail is best done mid week and were mixed about Copper.