Its not that hard to learn, just start on some easier runs and work your way up, its much better than park. I'm from the midwest but ive been out to vail, breck, copper, keystone, jackson hole, big sky, and sun valley. I liked jackson the best but they took out the tram which kinda sucks but there will still be amazing skiing. I'd say go to summit county which has breck, copper, keystone, and vail is really close. Its much cheaper if you stay in like frisco or dillon too.