I'm trying to wrap my arms around all the different resorts at Lake Tahoe. I've skied in Colorado (Breckenridge and Vail) plenty of times, but we're visiting friends who live in San Francisco and are meeting them out there. I've read some what seem to be conflicting posts about North Tahoe and South Tahoe, and I'm hoping I can get some help.
We are taking a trip with two to three couples (late twenties). The reality is that access to non-skiing activities is going to trump the best ski mountain (I'm from Texas and ski once a year so "best ski mountain" has a pretty low bar anyway, but the main people skiing on the trip are pretty solid black diamond skiers).
I'm trying to figure out which resort/mountain has a nice village at the base of the mountain with enough restaurants, shops, bars, etc. to keep people entertained during the day if they choose not to go up on the mountain. Ideally, everything is walking distance from each other.
I know there are some casinos, but I don't know what they're like. My wife enjoys the big, newer casinos in Vegas, but hates the small, super smoky ones.
Any recommendations on the mountain would be greatly appreciated. Also, I'd love any specific resorts or hotels at that mountain as well.
Thanks so much,