Steamboat is a great mountain as well. There aren't many mountains in CO you would be disappointed in if you are used to small hills with light snowfall. As with any ski trip you risk getting out here when it hasn't snowed for 2 weeks or it is windy etc. There just isn't a way to plan around that.
Here is a little info that may help
Snow Skiing Reports, Ski Deals, Skiing Reviews
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Vacation Ideas, Deals, Events and Snow Report | ColoradoSki.com
These sights should link you to all the home pages for CO resorts, lodging, vacation deals etc.
And as far as that ridge in the background, there are lifts that go way up high, but for most of that ridge you will have to hike along the ridge to get to them, and there are enough tree stashes usually to make it not worth it.
As far as the mountains I live within 1 hour of 7 resorts and I choose Loveland. Not a busy mountain, plenty of pow stash, sweet terrain, they have a seperate beginner mountain so you won't have QUITE as many people in the way, and everyone that works there is chill. I've been buying my lunches with bud lately from the back window to the kitchen lol.