I hear you brother...... on top of all the reasons you mentioned Meadows is short and steep. The mellow terrain is shit, whether it be because it's tracked out by skiers or because it's just short steep.
I just got back from Utah and those lift chairs, the HS quads, go so high up you have time to drink a beer and smoke a bowl and then relax a bit.
I'm seriously thinking of taking the fam to tline next year. Hell if i need steep I'll ride the ski bowl chair and still have time to drink and smoke.