I am from the Southeast and usually ski twice a season for a week to ten days at a time. I have skiied most of the resorts in the West. Over the last few years I have narrowed these ski trips down to Alta, Utah and Mammoth. The texture of the snow in these two resorts is very different but you can almost always depend on both having plenty of the white stuff. Mammoth is a big mountain with lots of varied terrain. There are plenty of good restaurants in the town and the food on the mountain is pretty good as well. Its an excellent place to bring the family for a ski trip.