In terms of something "close" to you, and not as expensive as some resorts, Apache/ Ruidoso NM is pretty nice. I also like Squaw Valley CA, Lake Tahoe CA/ NV, and one of the best.....Steamboat Springs CO. Breckenridge CO, Aspen/ Snowmass CO, and Vail CO are supposed to be really nice too although I have never been to those resorts. In the east, the most recognized is probably Killington VT, but there are also some lesser known, less expensive, and equally inviting places such as Kissing Bridge, Holiday Valley, and Cockaigne in NY. Holiday Valley is really a lot of fun- been there many times, and is a nice mix of various ability terrain, fewer crowds, and a lot less expense in accommodations. Keep in mind that the west is known for it's deep powder and seemingly endless runs, whereas in the east it is generally more corn and packed powder conditions, but still very exciting. If you are a beginner, I really don't recommend deep powder conditions anyway- not the best learning environment imo.