Small, not crowded, good ski school, friendly, family oriented,
No advanced runs, no town
We've been to Badger many times, and it is really a great little place for beginners and intermediate skiers, with a number of long runs, groomed and ungroomed, plus some trails and an area with jumps (why a 5-yr old would be bored there is beyond me, unless she is a child prodigy). I'm a decent black diamond skier, but I had a 15 year hiatus with college and the Army, and when I started back it was at Badger, and it was perfect. My kids and grand kids started at Badger, and so there are good memories with it. You can stay in the Valley ($$-$$$$$), Oakhurst, or at the Tenaya ($$$$), or rent a house at Yosemite West, which is by far the closest. When I lived in Sacramento I skied at Tahoe for years, and there's really no comparison: Badger has no advanced runs, no night life, no nearby town for meals or shopping; but for what it is, it is great! Veterans get free rentals and lift tickets, immediate family 50% discount.