I think Elk has some pretty good terrain for beginners. When I explore a small ski area for the first time, I spend some time in "tourist mode" and check out the beginner terrain. Sometimes the best views of the entire mountain are from a beginner lift.
I know Elk has one of the best ski schools in the region. There is a long time PSIA Examiner who is based at Elk. He does a fair amount of PSIA clinics so the Elk instructors undoubtedly get very good training all season long. I observed him training Level 3 instructors at Massanutten a couple years ago. It was a 2-day DCL prep clinic.
Elk has 1-day Women's Clinics the non-holiday weekend in Jan, Feb, Mar. Groups are split by ability. All groups get a very experienced female instructor. It's quite a good deal since it goes all day and includes lift ticket, lunch, and an apres ski drink for those who want to socialize a bit after the clinic is over in the afternoon.
Elk has a beginner area that is separate from the other trails, it is to your left as you ride the lifts from the base lodge. Very slight grade. Then a bit over to the right from those lifts there is an easy and wide run with it's own lift that gives people starting to get their ski legs a little more challenge. The biggest challenge for beginners at Elk is going to the bathrooms, which are downstairs from the cafeteria.