Mt Charleston was great. As a novice snowboarder I was a little scared of getting off the lifts at first but I got used to them. Of course, I would fall right off the lift and the lift people were considerate enough to help me out of the way. The rental equipment is a little expensive so it's better to buy your own equipment if you plan on going up there more often. The drive is only 45 mins long and the parking is not that bad. Though this one time I saw a car go over the cliff as we were parking our car so that was a little scary. As for the snow, when I was on the bunny slope it was hard as ice, but as I went to the intermediate slope it was more powered. Overall I had a great time and I am definitely goin back.