I made the decision to go "sour" and glad I did. No that my 1-2 day cold rise 00 recipe was bad, just really like that hint of sourdough.
After reading the mix of results in this forum I will post what I am doing. Not that I have anything "mastered" (way far from it) but maybe it will it will help some or at least generate interesting discussion.
I build my starter using commercial dry yeast and couple cups of KAAP ( I have been getting a better rise, more "volume" from KAAP compared to 00) and bottled water - glass or plastic container only of course. I initially let the starter ferment at room temp for 5 days stirring occasionally then moved it into the fridge. I cut the starter in half and feed it fresh bottled water and flour once a week and put back in the fridge. The cup or so starter I pull each week to bake with, I mix at a 1 to 1 ratio with fresh flour for pizza, add more dry yeast, salt, pinch of turbinado sugar just to help the yeast and bottled water (no chlorine) to make a wet dough. I knead until soft, airy and consistent but no too much because too much might make an overly chewy dough. I coat it in EVOO and let it rise for 6-8 hours. I add the extra dry yeast because I have found that possibly due to high altitude and very dry conditions (15% or less humidity) I need the extra yeast shot to get that extra airy, bubbly texture we like. If I let the starter out at room temp for a couple hours it will rise as well, so it is active and healthy. For pizza I originally experimented with 1 to 4 ratio (starter to fresh flour), then 1-3, 1-2 and ended up at 1-1 (50-50) for optimal flavor. It might seem like a lot of sourdough but I am only getting that nice background tangy flavor, not upfront and sour. 2 cups dough makes a nice large thin(ner) crust pizza.
Like many I am stuck with a 550 oven, but because things take longer to cook at altitude I warm up the oven for 90 minutes before baking (a long warmup really makes a difference), and I run the oven on convection and use a pizza stone. The convection knocks down the cook time from 12+ minutes to 5-7. Without convection the pies are dry, un-charred, tough because 12 minutes is an eternity. Also to aid with browning the outer crust I started using an egg wash (1 egg mix w/ 1/4 cup h20). Steam will work too. By using these browning tricks my pies get that outer crust char that I just was not getting before.
I think my next step is experimenting with other yeasts and regional olive oils and build a pizza oven !