Pros: Small, quaint, good for beginners
Cons: Short RUns, subpar lodge, slow lifts, lacks ammentities.
If you just want an easy backdrop for visiting Arnold or Murphys, then BV is a good enough place to ride for a day or 2. After that, you will be bored by the short runs (unless Grizz is open and you are an EXPERT skier). The amenities (think food, lodge, etc) are minimal - nothing to rave about. The staff is usually friendly, but others have had problems. BV doesn't handle large crowds well, so pick a good snow day that is NOT during the Holidays. As I said, the runs are short, almost all lifts are antiques, and it is more difficult than it should be for riders to get from the lodge to the first lifts. Ticket prices should be lower than Tahoe (they are not), since the place
doesn't even compare to a true ski resort experience.