I more or less live in Pagosa and at Wolf Creek when not in school. I've been skiing/boarding there for close to 17 years. Not because I'm trapped there, but I choose too. Crested Butte, Whistler, Telluride, and Vail are all hideously over-rated and over-priced.
Wolf Creek regularly has a 120 inch base, Compared to Crested Butte's record breaking 36 inches of rock hard ice.
Pagosa itself is a kick ass little town full of kick ass people (except the skater pot heads). Try getting your equipment from the Ski and Bow rack for the best equipment at the lowest price.