By the way, one interesting part of skiing in the east is that a large portion of eastern skiers mythologizes the OMG! West. Especially if they've never been there. Look for this syndrome during your next chairlift chat. Symptoms include resort name dropping, audible capitalisation of the W in west/Western, pretended nonchalance, hyperbolic similes about current conditions (wow, that was some blower pow we had, Utah has nothing on Whiteface!), and major, fussy anxiety over an upcoming trip.
Well I find it amusing anyway.
Although I can relate to the scenario, folks who only ski in the southeast (NC, VA, WV) are very different from those who ski in the northeast. Southeast skiing means 100% coverage for snowmaking. Almost no such thing as ungroomed terrain. A long run takes under 5 min. So someone who has never been to a big mountain with more than 1000' ft vertical has no way to imagine the difference. Be surprised how many people complain when there is a few inches of fresh snow that hasn't been groomed.
What's fun is how many people who start in the southeast get hooked and then head west sooner or later.