Squaw a comparative hassle? No.MTT - When I say "I usually don't find Squaw to be a hassle at all" - I mean "at all." FWIW, that's compared to anywhere. I've pretty much skied everywhere in Tahoe over 30 years, Utah, Whistler, Italy, and Austria.
Mebbe I just have a high tolerance for hassle. For instance, if you've ever had half a dozen Austrians in neon one-pieces stand on the backs of your skis in a 45 minute lift line while Italians speak rapidly on their "telefoninos", then you know what true hassle means.
When I go to Squaw, I don't stand in lines, and I don't have to park too far. I think the longest wait for a chair in the last few years was about 5-7 minutes on Headwall or Granite Chief. Compared to Whistler, the lift lines are non-existent.
I like Homewood, Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose, and Sugar Bowl, but I don't find them to be any more "convenient" than Squaw in any way that matters to me. Usually hit each of these resorts a few times a year. Kirkwood is great for better skiers, and I love it, but beginners might not like the terrain there. If someone is in Tahoe for a week or two, then I suggest they ask about each of check these places too.
FWIW, I used to ski Heavenly (more on the Nevada side) about 10 days a year, but haven't found it that enjoyable for many years because the lift layout is patchwork. I have also found Northstar has longer lift lines (maybe just on weekends?) than other Tahoe resorts I like better.
If the someone wants to try Squaw, then he should try some of the tips I suggested (which others have suggested as well), including going there on a weekday. If not, then he'll have a great time at other resorts.