Mt. Charleston is nice to get away from the city, the winter is the best. You get to go skiing or play in the snow without having to drive to Cali or Utah. What do you expect, its a cute small resort with a little snow. Nothing crazy. The skiing and snowboarding isn't the best compared to other places of course. But if you want to get away from the city and have a little fun, definitely check it out. So the lift tickets are a little expensive, thats the price you have to pay for a quick getaway from Vegas.
As far as the locals, I am a local and I hear a lot of talk about how they get a little impatient with the out of towners. In my opinion, the out of towners pay the same green money we pay to ski at Mt. Charleston so who are we to be rude with them??? Without the out of towners vegas wouldn't be what it is today more or less mt. Charleston. So chill out vegas and let them enjoy there visit to the mountain as you do.