Royal is a great place if you are getting your kids into skiing. The ski school is fantastic on the begginer slope.
On the main mountain there is a gradual ramp up from a couple easier trails to the steeper Royal and Challenge.
Tough terrain in a small package on the main part of the mountain.
Skiing on 1/20/08 was fantastic - Couple inches of new lake effect snow and plenty of base. Much more than Gore.