Bear Valley is actually fairly entertaining, especially for an intermediate. The best terrain at Bear Valley is low on the mountain. So it opens late and closes early unfortunately. Still it's a fun enough hill.
Kirkwood is a lot better for sure. Not even really a fair comparison.
June and Mammoth would be a ridiculous drive from Monterey. Sonora pass is closed in Winter and I don't think there is any other route south of that to get there except for the route Southern Cal uses. That means you'd have to drive over 88 to 395 and back down to Mammoth. At least a couple of hours longer than getting to Tahoe. Beautiful drive though and one of my favorites.
You are looking at Tahoe area resorts, Bear, Dodge, and I guess China Peaks. I think there are a couple other mom and pops somewhere near Fresno. Not sure on that one. Since you are an intermediate, I think any of those areas would entertain you plenty.