Cheap, closest resort to bay area, night skiing, pipe, jumping
Small, fewer lifts, crowded for holiday
It's a nice ski resort for beginners and children, since they don't need big place to learn. Kid's club is highly recommended if you have beginner kids. The rate for kids club is very good if you kids take full day one (9AM-3PM). My kids really enjoyed the club and picked up skiing/snowboarding soon :)
One trick is you can pick a non holiday (like Sunday or Monday) to avoid so many people in the resort. A group lesson will be like a private lesson when you go there on weekdays (non-holidays).