TahoeULLR, Sorry on delay getting back to you been powder skiing at Schweitzer for 2 days-really great. Going to Tahoe for lst Time. South shore yes ski Heavenly and Kirkwood for sure. I prefer Kirkwood, better snow less crowded etc. If you are going to ski on Weekends try to avoid Heavenly or Squaw and ski at a smaller resort. There are many good restaurants etc. at the Casinos etc. you can wander the casinos and look at the menu's for sselection and price etc. At south shore don't forget Sierra at Tahoe you will pass this resort on the way up to Tahoe on HWY 50. If your wife likes groomers etc. they have some really excellent blues. Good place.
North shore. I usually stay at the Tahoe Biltmore Casino and Hotel, good price, great food prices, free breakfast, gambling etc., easy walk to casino across st. Cal Neva Casino etc. Really recommend this restaurant: (your wife will love it) Soule Domain, right behind the Biltmore, its an old fixed up poney express relay station log cabin. Absoultely great food, not cheap but not expensively ridiculous either. At incline Village there are good eateries also, look in phone book ask around. If you have to ski on weekend for lack of crowds 1)Homewood on west side of lake 8 miles south of Tahoe City, good medium sized resort with good skiing and greagt view, also wind protected if windy. Squaw is a must for you, food sucks skiing is great. Alpine Meadows great skiing intermed and expert, lots of groomers for wife and plenty of advanced and expert skiing also, food sucks at lodge. Food ok at little restauant at the bottom of Yellow Chair. Northstar great groomed area with lousy food in lodge, good food at top of mt. restaurant but a little priced but hey youre on vacation. General Ski info North Shore: Avoid Squaw and Alpine on Weekends, Avoid Northstar on Fri or Sat can really get crowded. Windy Day avoid Squaw it can really howl, Northstar good in wind. Smaller areas to hit on weekends or whatever. Homewood for lack of lift lines, Diamond Peak if you get powder because on a weekday you can get to it before all the hotshots and ski patrol and good in the tree stashed. Diamond peak has good food and best view. Sugar Bowl on Donner pass on way back to Sac. really good resort,. great snow all types of skiing and a good breakfast and lunch at Judah Lodge. Best breakfast in Truckee is at the Squeeze Inn on Main St., great omlettes. If I were to rate things:
Best Skiing: Squaw, Kirkwood, Alpine, Sugar Bowl, Heavenly
Best Experie3nce/Intermediate etc.: Northstar, Sierra at Tahoe
Get Away from Weekend Crowds: Homewood, Diamond Peak
I hope this helps a little, if you have any special quesions etc. send me a personal message and I will answer. Have a great ski trip. Pete