|Blizzboy, why the hatred towards Alpine? Mind you, I've nearly scratched it from my list because they only groom 20-30% of trails, as stated by them in reply to my queries.
Alpine does a really nice job of grooming. Almost every intermediate and beginner run is groomed nightly in my experience -- and often Wolverine Bowl/sometimes Waterfall.
Key intermediate areas:
Lakeview - Great views. Faces SW so perfect for afternoons. Very uncrowded.
Sherwood - Best views. Directly overlooking lake with no mountains in front of it. Faces South so ski earlier - maybe 10-1 is optimal (soft, but not too soft). New HS Quad.
Summit/Roundhouse - Big long runs served by a HS 6 and HS quad. The open wide open Alpine Bowl should not be missed. Faces Northeast so best to ski first in the morning.
Hot Wheels - Good low intermediate north facing run.
Alpine has a lot going for it:
Highest base on Tahoe north shore so good snow preservation.
Sits on the Sierra Crest so it gets among the most snow in Tahoe.
3 HS lifts.
Mutliple exposures so you follow the sun.
Mostly open terrain.
A fair comparison of Squaw and Alpine is -- they are the Snowbird (Squaw larger) and Alta (Alpine slightly smaller) of California. Would you really skip Alta on a trip to Utah? And neither should you skip Alpine.