Question for the community: My daughter got an offer to teach at Mammoth, but none of us really know the area. We've been Aspen/Snowmass/Steamboat, and to all the areas in Utah. But we've never skied in CA. What is the mountain like? Does it feel "alpine" like, say Colorado does in the winter? If she wants to ski somewhere else (Tahoe?), can she get there? Will it feel like she got in some mountain time? She is 23, primarily a carve-oriented and freeride snowboarder who is taking a year off after college. She is going alone, so it needs to be an area where she will meet like-minded and similarly-aged young people. The traditional one or two year ski bum experience is what she is after, but she's definitely more ski than party oriented.
Mammoth seems to get good reviews here and elsewhere, but I don't know anyone who's been.