Hey fellow NJ/rutgers snowboarder, I went to Rutgers also (Camden).
Last season I bought 2 triple play passes to Camelback and learned everything there.
These guys are right, if you can snowboard here in the Northeast, you can shred any where.
Some of my gf's friends are from POW states, and they do not know how to ride here at the icecoast.
After you learn how to carve, hit up hunter mountain/wyndam for a bigger mountain feel..and then go to Vermont.
Out of all the Vermont mountains, I've only been able to hit up killington and Stratton. For me, Stratton > Killington because the trails are much more organized.
This year, its gonna be Hunter (2 lift tickets + discount card for $78), probably whiteface with the GF, and Jaypeak for a week. Then the rest is up to crew..
Have fun! Hope to see you on the slopes.