I've been boarding for 6 years, and have gone to Searchmont every year. I'm a Michigan native and have done the slopes down here and I've also been out west to Apsen and Buttermilk. I will admit however, that ride wise Searchmont is my favorite by far... not too short, not too long. It's never too crowded, night ski is the best anywhere, and even if the conditions aren't perfect, you still have decent rides. The accommodation's are pretty sweet but pricey and there isn't a whole lot else to do around the area. But it will always be my favorite place to ride.