I live just down the road from "the basin". The basin is a great ski mountain (this mountain is not a resort). The basin offers great skiing and riding for expert/extreme skiers/riders, and good conditions for intermediate skiers as well. If you want a mellow mountain that offers better amenities you should look at Breckenridge, Copper, or Vail. Keystone is a great intermediate mountain, but does not offer as much for beginners.