I have a cousin who's an Epic pass holder and it was hard for us to hook up and he suggested the Colorado pass. I was looking into and hoping for some comparisons from a "local" skier's perspective. I'm doing the dreaded I70 commute most of the time, have my own gear, typically bring my own lunch, and looking to make it cost free as possible. Everyone in my house is at least a competent skier.
The only place I've tried was Breck and while I hit it on an off day for me (end of 5 straight days of hard skiing...man I was beat) I was seriously unimpressed. Blues that seemed way too easy, hard to get into, and a complete zoo in terms of crowds. That being said it was a off day and maybe I need to give it another chance. I've always heard Vail and Beaver Creek were awesome but I've also heard it's hard to get into, parking isn't free, and brown bagging isn't easy, not to mention the additional distance tough for a day trip. That sort of leaves Keystone and A-Basin and the 'regular' mountains for us. Are they worthy alternatives to Copper and Winter Park?
Any other local wisdom would be appreciated!