I just moved to Billings from the Vail Valley and I think RL is great when they have snow. I went in late March of 2008 when they had a series of dumps-the skiing was very good and pretty challenging. Contrasted to the other time I went during Jan when the skiing was pretty poor with nothing on Cole Creek open.
Cole Creek has tight steep glades and chutes and forces you to ski the fall line. RL lacks open bowls, and obviously the Palisades chair needs to be put at the base where it can do some good.
I liked the Bierstube as well-very friendly locals scene. The town is nice as well. The best thing about RL is it only an hour easy drive from Billings.
I am looking forward to next season. I was very pleasantly surprised!