I've been to China Peak a couple times this season. I really love it because, as extra0 mentioned, it's WAY less crowded than Big Bear. Big Bear gets all the hype because of the X Games and all the other media attention, but China Peak has more natural snow, and a TON of terrain. Big Bear is closer, I think China Peak is worth the drive. Plus, you can use coupon codes on all these websites like Skiforfree.com to get discounts on weekday lift tickets. My wife and I went up on a Wednesday and hardly any way for the lifts and tons of open runs. We got our tix at 50% off or Buy 1 Get 1 free or something like that because we used a promo code like "CP3" I think when we checked out. Totally worth it man!