the best resort for powder is kirkwood hands down. smallest crowds, and best steeps and bowls, it's not at tahoe, but still damn good. of course squaw valley is classic, but it gets crammed with tourists, stay away from heavenly, it blows, along with northstar, boreal and a few more i can't think of. Alpine meadows is also really good, there's a lot of good steeps within hiking distance. hell, if you're gonna be in kirkwood let me or SVHucker know, we both have passes there for next year. oh yeah, for parks squaw has the best, alpine has a small one with a good pipe and kirkwood's needs a lot of work, but i go there for the snow and terrain.