I dont get #6, the snowfall thing. Mammoth Mtn is a west coast ski resort and it gets MORE snow than vail on average. And Tahoe is pretty much just the same. the only resorts that get little snowfall are the Socal area resorts, but they also have the advantage of HUGE snow blowing systems and they have fairly long seasons for how little natural snow they get. that comparison just struck me as odd, because the west coast gets DUMPED on if you are the good ski areas, and there are quite a few good ones.