Breckenridge, Park City, Vail, Whistler...all of these cities were manufactured with the sole purpose of skiing. At least within the past fifty years. Where's the soul? Where's the life? Where's the story?
My vote is for Sandpoint, ID.
Great vibe, perfect size, amazing skiing. And there's a lake, too! It's soooo legit for just chilling--winter or summer. The people are friendly. It's unpretentious, laid-back, fun. It's the place to be.