Snow Valley - we ski alot and have been everywhere...
Pros - Not as crowded, excellent terrain for learning, very skilled lift operators - a good terrain park (Edge) where we have seen some of the best air practice of anywhere, crowds aren't too bad, closer and less stressful that the Big Bear resorts.
Cons - Old lifts (slow, and often without any safety rails), terrible traffic going down the Mountain at the end of the day, most of the great trails at the top in the back are seldom open, can be icy, when there are spring conditions that are really wet sometimes the resort is open when the conditions just don't warrant it. Not a wide range of trails open compared to the Big Bear Resorts.
It wouldn't take much to really improve snow valley - we still like it as it is but wish the management would start to improve the lifts and snow making system.