Originally Posted by skiking4
You sure about Squaw being uncrowded? I understand that the two times I went it was somewhat very empty for some reason but even without all the crowds being there, you can tell where everyone doesn't go. Granite Chief and Silverton areas have very little crowds with some amazing powder and expert terrain. Far East trees are very very steep, with practically no one skiing over there. From the top of Red Dog lift, head under the chair and follow the general direction of the Far East express lift. 35+ degree skiing in some tight trees.
But Kirkwood is supposedly amazing for uncrowded expert skiing.
Kirkwood is great, but a pain to get to from the Bay Area if there's any kind of a storm (which is obviously not this weekend.)
Squaw is fun, but stay away from the family areas; you can find some killer barely-skied terrain with some minimal effort. Alpine is next door, and offers quality skiing with fewer crowds.
I'll be at Sugarbowl Sunday and Monday; it's also fun, and there seems to be more locals than tourists. (Sierra Jim has mentioned once or twice that he's skied there.)
Also, don't forget about Boreal, the pinnacle of skull-and-crossbones big-mountain skiing.
(This'll be the first place you see along Interstate 80 -- just keep driving.)