The areas around here are a lot better than those in Texas, but a biiiiiiiit worse than those in Colorado. (More than a bit.
Vertical drops range from ~500 to ~1000 feet. One area in West Virginia, Snowshoe, has two runs with are ~1500 vertical feet. That is the exception, rather than the rule.
Closest areas to DC (1.5 - 2.5 hours): are Whitetail, Liberty, Roundtop. You can work by day and ski a night or two during the week (beware the DC area traffic.) Night skiing around here can often be pretty icy since the snow thaws during the day and freezes at night.
Best natural snow is West Virginia (Snowshoe, Timberline, Canaan Valley) and Western PA (Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Blue Knob.) All areas in this area depend heavily on man-made snow. But the West Virginia slopes get > 180 inches per year (which is about the same as Sun Valley, ID, if you can believe that.)
Some on this forum will talk up some mythical geological formation named Mount Porte Crayon, but don't pay much attention to them.
Browse the area profiles on the homepage. Search the discussion forum archives. Not the best skiing/boarding in the US, but it actually doesn't suck too badly. And sure is more interesting than hitting the gym or playing Wii.