This is it. Tahoe is the best in the United States. Need to go to the Alps and maybe Western Canada for equal skiing. JH/Utah are close but that's basically it everywhere else is sort of gaper shit in this country in comparison.
Terrian is bomb. Squaw, Kirkwood, Rose,are better than anywhere in the United States. Alpine Sierra, Sugarbowl, Heavenly, and Northstar all are legit even if they aren't my favorites none actually suck.
Takes a steaming dump on Colorado (especially Summit Co some of the southern CO mountians are good). The downsides are some dumps are super wet, and there is usually a long ass spell somewhere each winter with no snow.
But its not cold around Tahoe, you can leave your boots in the car at night and not regret it. The area gets legit cold for maybe 2-3 weeks around new years and thats it.
Lodging around tahoe mountains is peanuts compared to Colorado and even Utah. Tons of cheap places north and south lake. And the casinos in Nevada are dirt cheap too. Same distance from the Bay Area as decent New England mountains are from Boston and NYC.