Jim, you got kids that ski??? with you?
Not a problem. Pay a few bucks extra for priority parking or use the tram that runs through the parking lot and deposits you right at the ticket counter. Also, Northstar just completed village construction, and a high speed quad so you can get to mid-mountain without taking the gondolas. Something for everyone. Steep stuff on Lookout Mtn or backside, abundant groomed intermediate terrain and a large beginner area. I think many Tahoe areas can meet your needs, and children's programs are at Heavenly, Northstar, Sierra, Sugar Bowl, and less notably at Rose, Homewood, Kirkwood and other areas. But to say "I would never take my kids to Northstar"? Thats nuts. Its a large full service area with a reputation for dealing with kids. Been there. The kids and I managed to survive the inconvenient construction. Things are getting better.