Yes don't count west coast resorts out. There are a lot of quality resorts out there. Mt Hood, Seattle area, Vancouver, Tahoe, Mammoth. If steeps are your thing I think the heavier snow allows steeper pitches as well. Too steep in my opinion sometimes
How does heavier allow for steeper pitches? I'd think it'd be the other way around?!? I was on a 100% slope (45 deg) last spring in the back bowls of Lake Louise. My GF was complaining about the slush at the bottom of the resort, I went up to the peak and hit some of the best runs of my life!
I've got a buddy in Vancouver so one day I'll have to catch a seat sale and hit up some of the hills there. Maybe after I've had a taste for it I'll want to tour my way down into Oregon and the other states...