Awesome. I'm from the SF area too, which resort are you planning to ride? I'm trying to plan a trip in a few weeks, can't decide where to go yet.
What are you looking for in a resort?
I really liked northstar and squaw valley esp if you and your group is at least late beginner/intermediate level, as these resort has alot of intermediate runs. At squaw, they open till 9pm at night, and night riding is the bomb! The runs are really long, love it!!
Now, these are large resorts, so you'll have to deal with crowds if it's weekend. I didn't really encounter any crowds at squaw when I was there for work, even on a saturday (green lifts, some wait, blue lifts, no line at all), but you do have to ride the gondola to get up to the mid mountain and connect to lifts. Same with northstar, park your car, ride shuttle, get to village, get to gondola, then you get on lifts. Takes another 20 minutes of your time for all these waiting etc.
Northstar has plenty of blue terrain. I was told that the blue at northstar is like mini /easy blacks and their blacks are like others blue... but I heard the backside is amazing. I'm just learning so I'll never go there.
For smaller resorts, I learned at Sierra at Tahoe, but I was only on the green runs, so I dont know anything about the other areas at all.
Boreal is another small resort, good for parks and beginners.
Let me know where you decided to go!