In need of some advice here. Heading to Tahoe for 4 days in early February with the family (4 adults, 1 infant) and I'm trying to decide where to go. I've only been snowboarding in the area once before (Heavenly) and I really didn't like it-- way too many flat traverses, poorly laid out lifts. A lot of folks like Northstar it seems, I thought Sugar Bowl looked nice but kind of isolated... Thoughts?
i just went to Alpine Meadows for the first time on Christmas day and loved it!!
i went to Boreal on New Year's Eve day and loved it there too!
Alpine Meadows was a really nice facility with plenty of good runs, but is more skiers. Boreal is much cheaper and geared heavily toward snowboarding - there is a series of rails to grind and bowls and such there too. the lodge at Boreal is old and not as nice as other places i've been.
what level of trails are you looking for? i know that a lot of the Heavenly crowd like the blacks there. i don't do black trails though... i've had 2 knee surgeries and i don't go enough to get bravado about it, so my trip to Heavenly a few years back was okay... but it's super expensive and i noticed a higher douche factor there. i didn't notice any douche factor at Alpine Meadows or Boreal.
hope this helps.