Ok, I'm making plans for a mid-January trip and my choices are to either Tahoe or SLC. We've been to SLC 3 - 4 times and have had a ball every time, especially at the resorts up in the Eden area. I've never been to Tahoe, but just know that the plethera of resorts around the area make it a great second choice.
Mid-January may be a bit early depending on the snow, so that's the risk I take with making the plans now. Flights in and out are about the same and distance from the airport to the condo is similar as well.
Some of my biggest questions are around the snow and the steeps. It's called 'Sierra Cement' for a reason, but what's it like? I envision something akin to the somewhat wetter snow of the PNW and not the pristine Wasatch-Colorado powder. I have to think that the views from atop Heavenly, looking down on the lake are absolutely awesome and this is a big plus for me. And for me the super steep is not my bag. I'm more of a cruiser ... that stated how does Alpine and/or Heavenly fit into this? Snowbird is one of my least favorite mountains, so right away I may steer clear of Squaw.
Anyway if the bears out there could share some thoughts, opinions and comments ... well that's what this site is about, so these are much appreciated.