To JimH: we were staying in Golden because we were crashing at our friend's place there, the driving did get a bit annoying but it wasn't awful considering we had free lodging. Alright, first of all thanks to everyone who helped me out! Overall we had an excellent trip.
Saturday we went to Copper Mountain which, sadly, was not fantastic. I felt like I was skiing in Illinois again! Actually it wasn't quite that bad, and we did manage to find a couple nice spots but overall bad conditions.
Sunday more than made up for Saturday. We went to Winter Park, where conditions were already decent, and it snowed alllll dayyyyy. We spent the majority of the day going through the bowl and the trees off the panoramic express lift. Awesome!
Monday snow conditions were fantastic. We decided to try out Loveland. The snow was amazing but it was something like -40 with wind chill (I swear it was more going up chair 2 or chair 9) so we took a few more breaks than I would've liked. Fresh or barely tracked snow all day though, which was just amazing for me because I hadn't done much powder skiing at all (with the exception of Sunday at Winter Park). We even got 1 AMAZING run off chair 9 before they closed it due to high winds, completely untracked and steep just like I've always dreamed of. Overall a pretty awesome day, especially considering I froze my a@@ off.
For the last day we decided to go back to Winter Park and take further advantage of the 2 for 1 Shell deal. It was supposed to be really cold again. I don't know what the actual temperature was but all day it felt like springtime! We got tons of mostly or completely (for parts) untracked runs off in the trees off the sides of the Mary Jane bump runs and off the eaglewind lift after they opened it. Panoramic express was closed all day. A liftie told us it was because of the cold, which I found hilarious when I thought about our Monday at Loveland. They must've had the entire resort closed on Monday! Anyway, it was a ton of fun. Just unbelievable snow and great weather all day. By far the best ski trip of my life so far.
Thanks to everyone who helped us out to make this the unforgettable experience that it was!