Snowshoe has a 1500ft vertical, but only on two runs -- Cupp Run and Shay's Revenge. Cupp Run is debatable on it's status as a black diamond, but Shay's Revenge, on an icy, ungroomed day (most days) is pretty solidly a double diamond.
My main problem with Snowshoe is the prices and the crowds. They're both ridiculous. (Snowshoe on a Saturday... *cringes*)
Q1) How does it stack up against New England?
A1) Not as much vertical, not as long of runs. Not as tall of a mountain. 1500ft vert.
Q2) How are conditions in late March / Early April
A2) Slushy, but the Western Territory (Cupp Run and Shay's Revenge) stays open all the way through.
Q3) How is the Village / Lodging?
A3) VERY expensive. Snowcrest and Top of the World are the cheapest, but they are very run down and crappy. You'd want to stay somewhere off the mountain, such as the http://www.brazenheadinn.com
Seeing as you live in PA, its probably not worth the drive for -- it would depend on what part of PA you live in. Western, yeah probably worth it, eastern, no.
It's without a doubt some of the best skiing in the Mid-Atlantic, but if it's the same distance as upstate New York for you, it's just not worth it.