Clearly, you ski at the wrong times. I've been to Alta, Vail, Aspen, certainly with a bit longer lines than here, but nothing like the lines at Epcot and Disney World, and Universal Studios.  And they are all about tacky, dirty, crowded, artificial, stupid, junk. A science center interests me once in a while, like once a decade. But I'd much rather gets fresh air, serenity, and beauty for my time, effort, money, and health.
 So glad you think your money is better spent elsewhere. You'd hate it here.
 The crowd picture is probably a bit worse than I ever saw at Disney, but to me waiting 45 minutes to do some stupid ride is 40 minutes too long.
 I agree SOME ski areas are charging usurious rates, but if you do your homework, you can ski reasonably. Those who don't deserve what they get.
Responding to the above quote, into which I inserted numbers for reference sake:
 Skiing at the Wrong Times
"Skiing at the wrong times" seems an abstract and fallacious (or inapplicable) assertion. Indeed, over the past 35 years I've skied both California and Utah resorts on weekends, weekdays, and holidays. Thus, I - and likely almost every soul on this board - have skied at all times, and all times inherently cannot be the "wrong times."
Weekdays are obviously great times to ski; they will likely have short - if nonexistent - lift lines. Nevertheless, we all are not so lucky as to be able to ski on weekdays more than - perhaps if really fortunate - a couple-three times a year. Hence, weekdays really cannot qualify per se as the "right times" to ski because for most people weekday skiing on even a somewhat regular basis is not an option. So that leaves the wonderfully short lift lines of the weekdays out of consideration. So while weekdays are great; they by and large don't count.
Weekends and holidays - when most working professionals enjoy the option of going skiing - are another story, one often irrevocably linked with long lift lines. This becomes almost certainly the case during the "regular ski season" (e.g., December 15 to March 15). Yet, even in the spring season one can still see weekends and holidays with lift lines galore; just late last March my brother and I suffered lift lines 30-60 minutes long at Snowbird on a Saturday, even with crappy snow and visibility conditions. (Why the long lift lines so late in the season with what most people consider unfavorable conditions? Who the hell knows? Perhaps that butterfly in China flapping its wings on a Friday?) My primary point is that the times when the most people can ski obviously prove the times most likely to result (and do result) in long lifts lines at the nation's desirable ski resorts.*
Honestly, over the past three and a half decades, I've seen shockingly long weekend or holiday lines at all different times of the season. Does that mean every weekend and holiday? Of course not; it means that when atrociously long lift lines occur, they occur almost exclusively on weekends or holidays.
*Excluding for the most part "mom & pop" ski areas (e.g.: ski areas such as the tiny Wolf Mountain, Beaver Mountain, and Eagle Point in Utah or the pitiful Mt. Baldy, Boreal, and Granlibakken in California.
 Tacky, Dirty, Crowded, Artifical, Stupid, Junk
This statement is contradictory to your assertion regarding the crowds (e.g., the hordes shown in the admittedly atypical example Disney photos you posted) at amusement parks such as Disneyland and Disney's Magic Kingdom. (Regarding my comparison of the value one receives by purchasing a prime amusement park day pass to a prime ski resort lift ticket, I would also include other amusement and theme parks of the like, e.g.: King's Island, Legoland, Bush Gardens, Sea World, Universal Studios, etc.) The statement's contradiction lies in the following logical syllogism: If major amusement and theme parks (or in some cases resorts) "are all about tacky, dirty... artificial, stupid, junk," then these parks/resorts should innately not have much crowding at all. Perhaps your "tacky, dirty, crowded, artificial, stupid, junk" statement pertains only to your personal view. I propose that it must - because based on the horrific crowds that you claim infest major amusement parks/resorts, it follows that the public disagrees with your "tacky, dirty... artificial, stupid, junk" statement.
 Money Spent Elsewhere
Your statement misconstrues my position. If I opine that my "money is better spent elsewhere," it would only prove true based on having to pay $75-$100+ dollars on a Saturday for a day lift ticket - allowing me to ski for less than seven hours - at worthwhile ski resort compared to spending $50-$87* for a day pass - allowing me to ride and enjoy the park for 10-12 hours - at worthwhile amusement or theme park. (Both ski resorts and amusement/theme parks have numerous discount packages and discount options such as season passes, local ticket discounters, etc.; therefore the entire discount concept is basically "sixes" by comparison.)
Admittedly, there are not as many major amusement and theme parks around the country as there are major ski resorts; nevertheless, one does have choices allowing a person or family to enjoy various amusement and theme parks over a year - in most cases for the entire 12 months of that year. (See, e.g., the U.S. theme/amusement parks listed at http://www.100themeparks.com.) While one clearly enjoys more choices of ski resorts over that same year, one can only exercise ski resort choices for a relatively short total time period (e.g., January to Mid-April and Late November through December - ~ 5 months).
Consequently, my continuing point - and the underlying premise of this entire thread - is that (side-by-side) a single day pass to U.S. major amusement or theme parks typically provides greater inherent value for the ~ $50-$87 single day cost than the comparable value for the ~ $75-$100+ single day cost at a major U.S. ski resort. Furthermore - and most importantly - that point and premise irritate me beyond belief for if the average daily ticket/pass costs were the same (e.g., within a ~ $50-$75 daily price range) I would much rather ski than ride the theme park. Accordingly, ski resort pass prices seem quite expensive when one compares the innate value of theme or amusement park pass prices.
In sum, average ski resort ticket prices have become inordinately expensive compared to ski resort lift passes only one or two decades ago - back when the average ski resort lift ticket value far surpassed the average theme/amusement park pass value.
*Disneyland Resort (in Southern California) charges $87 for an all day pass until at least the end of 2013. (See http://disneyland.disney.go.com/tickets/.)
 Theme or Amusement Park Waiting Times
First, I agree that your Disneyland crowd-infested photos show most atypical crowds. As with you, I've never seen such crowds at Disneyland, and once having lived in Southern California for seven years - along with about a half-dozen trips to Disneyland from out-of-state - I've never seen such crowds at the park weekdays, weekends, or holidays.
Second, the ride line times at theme/amusement parks are often the flipside of lift line times on weekends and holidays. At a Saturday at Disneyland, using ride's invdidual fast passes of course and considering the average wait time over an entire day (i.e., 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.*), I commonly wait in line at the major rides for approximately 15 to 30 minutes. On a Saturday at a major ski resorts - for comparison sake those as closely equivalent to a major "theme park" concept as possible (e.g., resorts like Steamboat Springs, Heavenly Valley, Mammoth Mountain, Kirkwood, Vail, Park City, Snowbird) - I typically wait in lift lines from 10 to 45 minutes. My experience cause me to opine that weekend or holiday lift lines at major ski resorts are roughly equivalent to lines at major theme or amusement parks... basically making this issue a draw.
 Homework to Acquire Value Ski Passes
Please believe me here. I have done extensive "homework" on acquiring single day lift ticket discounts. I'm limited to single day ticket purchases because with my current career and family demands if I am lucky I can ski about a half-dozen Saturdays/holidays a year, spread out across the entire ski season.
I am shocked at the limitations this half-dozen ski days a year and "having to raise and be the breadwinner for a family" places on me to find great deals. Life today is very unlike my high school and college years when purchasing season passes or "10-day yearly passes" made perfect sense (and that even though a day pass to Deer Valley, Kirkwood, Steamboat Springs, Alta, etc., sold for a most reasonable $15-$25 in the mid-80s to the mid 90s).
Nowadays, I find day lift ticket discounts elusive and often far less than spectacular. For example, a few, select discount pass outlets bring standard $100+ pass prices down to about discounted $90 pass prices ; similarly, approximate $70-75 standard lift tickets could be acquired for about $60-65. (See, e.g.: http://www.lifthousesports.com/lift-tickets.html.) Other "homework" included watching resort websites for "advance discount ticket purchases," which allowed one to buy a weekend day's pass for ~10-25% discount if purchased sufficient in advance; also, watching for late season deals, such as Solitude offering $49 day passes (instead of a standard $72 pass) on closing weekend and Brighton's late season, "tax day discount," bring the day pass to $20.00 for that single weekday - April 15th.
If there are other reasonable and legal angles of purchasing single day, weekend, or holiday lift tickets for discounts in excess of 10-20%, I welcome the 411 - especially in light having to make an acceptable living as head of household (six member family) and needing to pay for two or three of my kids' passes.
(Of note, both ski resorts and amusement/theme parks have various discount packages and discount options such as season passes, advanced multiple day pass season purchases, local ticket discounters, etc.; therefore the entire discount concept is basically "sixes" in the amusement/theme park to ski resort comparison.)
*See, e.g.: Disneyland Park Hours for Saturday, May 4, 2013 @ http://disneyland.disney.go.com/calendar/#/default/2013/05.)