Clearly, although I hate to add any numbers to the scene here, you are talking my local hill, Whitefish. From parking lot of the airport to parking lot of the ski area, less than 40 minutes MAX and I could do it in less. Famous for lack of crowds, although I personally won't be anywhere near the place during Christmas week myself. And one of the best values going with lift tickets, even purchased one day at a time, going for $61 a day, and you can do much better if you plan.
I'm hearing that the coming winter will be La Nina and that's good for here, unlike last year, which was El Nino.
Also, I'd consider us an "advanced" as compared to an "expert" area. We have good cruising, but also plenty of off piste trees as well.
Only downside would be if you are allergic to fog. Depending on the timing of your trip, it could be an issue. But, 3000 acres and we're practically "unheard of" to most. And on the days when the fog is absent, it's beautiful.