Sure, we all love skiing and boarding the Rockies. It's the expense that gets us down -- fuel, lift tickets, parking, lunch, equipment rental and so on. Thankfully, Copper Mountain eased the pain this season: It offered four full-day lift tickets (with only a handful of blackout days) for a measly $49, which is what you generally pay for one ticket. The "pass" was actually a credit card that you could slip into your wallet or purse, and it was good for the entire season. (Copper also offered a quartet of spring-skiing lift tickets at half the price.) The popular passes sold out faster than it takes to blaze a black-diamond run, so we hope Copper gives us a repeat performance next season.