For those of you unfamiliar with the amount of snow Calif gets, I'll tell you a horror story (depending on your perspective)...
The winter of 82-83 was an El Nino year. I was a ski school supervisor at Kirkwood, and living right next door to the base lodge.
It started snowing like I'd never seen before, or since! The total snowfall was 15 feet in four days. The first nine feet fell in the first 36 hours! Thats an inch every fifteen minutes, for a day and a half!
We were closed because the ski patrol couldn't keep up with A/C, so they asked everybody to stay inddors (ala, Cliff Lodge @ Snowbird). Everything was sliding, BIG!
When we were allowed out, I was digging my car out 3 times a day. And the highway passes were closed for 8 days! Nobody in, nobody out! The general store ran out of food quickly, so the cafeteria started serving free meals to all that were stranded in the valley. The amount was unusual, but the story happens on a regular basis in the Sierra.
By the way- we closed that season with a 25' packed base. Every one was so sick of snow, they quit skiing! By the way- this was the same season as the Alpine Meadows avalanche. That was another huge storm...
To go to sleep at night with the stars shining, and wake to 2-3 feet of new snow under a crystal clear sky is not uncommon in Calif. If you haven't experienced it - definitely give it a try!