Snow Valley is such a ridiculous resort, I went there once and got lost and really confused by the chairlifts that go up then down then up again.
I learned to ski at Mt High back when east side was never open and the biggest lift was a double. Mt High is pretty dope, if your hitting the park they have alot of interesting features like S boxes and the kicker with a log sticking out of it, and a staircase for some reason. East side has no park, but if you want to hit some groomers its chill because no matter how crowded west side gets no one ever goes to east side.
Bear/Summit are dope because a lift pass to one is a pass to both of them. I like the bowl area at Summit alot when shit is way too crowded because no one at those resorts is good enough to do a double black apparently and there is basically never a lift line. Bear's park is pretty dope too, its ironic because before the buyout Bear was for skier's mostly and Summit had all the park shit and was mostly snowboarders, but it totally switched a few years ago.
I don't think I would hit Mt. High if I lived closer to bear, but its like an hour less drive for me than bear so thats what I usually ski.
Its funny that other people said people at Bear are impressed easily because I've noticed if your bombing a diamond slope people on the chairlift watch you alot, even if your just mobbing around and not really doing anything impressive.
Mammoth is def. way better but you can't do a day trip there and staying is too expensive.