For beginner and advancing snowboarders and skiers, Snow Valley is kind of like taking your parent's advice: it may not be cool, but it is a better choice. It doesn't have the cache, panache, or marketing budget of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, but it is more affordable, has much wider runs, is more laid back, and has way more variety of beginner terrain. As for the cool factor, it has an excellent terrain park and a fair number of expert runs which should appeal to advanced snowboarders and freestyle skiers. The downsides are the somewhat slower chairlifts and marginally shorter runs. Most beginners at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit end up finding themselves limited to just one or two runs and should have come here first.