Hi guys, I recently moved to San Francisco for grad school and I have been researching places to ski this winter. I apologize if this thread is redundant, but I would appreciate any insight from people with experience in this area.
Here is my situation: I raced seriously until recently, so I am plenty competent on big-mountain terrain, even though I am more used to east coast ice and groomers. I like powder, steeps, and exciting and varied terrain. Lacking that, I like fast groomers.
I have only skied one day in the Tahoe area, and it was a mid-week powder day at Squaw. It was probably the best day of skiing of my life. However, Squaw is pretty expensive and wanted to get some opinions on other mountains in the area (also, I get three day weekends, so the Saturday blackout dates on most of their passes are a bummer). So far, I think I have it narrowed down to Squaw, Alpine Meadows, and Kirkwood (where I can get a pass for $199), but please feel free to suggest others!
I appreciate any advice you guys can offer!