One little hint for begininers. When the center of the trail is icy, often the flanks of the trail have all the snow that has been skied off the center. So, if you are comfortable with turns that are a little tighter, you can often survive on the snow/corn along the sides of the runs.
I've heard better things about Camelback than blue, but I hate them both. I don't think it'll matter much to you.....they are bigger than Bear, so scrap Bear.
Traveling the States and Taking Pictures