I'd personally rather live in south lake, but ski in north lake... so its a pain in the ass dilemma.
There is definitely more job opportunity in south lake than north lake - way more businesses, that stay open later, lots more people, twice as much going on, and all. If you go there, you're going to find a job - unless you're a dimwit and dont know how to find one, or are just a stoner kid who shows up 20 minutes late to all of his interviews... Plus, heavenly is RIGHT freaking there, no matter where you really live... and Sierra and Kirkwood are not all that far away really. Sierra's pretty dang close, and no farther from South Lake than Squaw and Alpine are from Kings Beach (by Tahoe City) or Tahoe Donner (by Truckee) It's not super steep, but it gets legit snow amounts, has a pretty cool park setup, and has some gates for sidecountry. Theres some real fun trees and stuff too. Kirkwood on a pow day is also pretty epic because, you're going to get pow all day long, and they open everything at the same time for the most part - or at least by 10am. Squaw and Alpine can be a bit annoying in that they dont always open everything up at the same time, and you end up running around to lifts that aren't going to open and its all a big tease.
North lake? There are a few more resorts in north lake. Northstar. Homewood. Squaw, alpine, boreal, and sugar bowl. There are not quite as many jobs, but there are definitely more resort jobs if thats definitely what youre looking for. The people up there are definitely WAY more into skiing and snowboarding, although... you're still going to get good vibes from either side of the lake. There is still a lot of tourist trap things going on though, especially at Northstar. 89 and 267 can get mad clogged, as they are the only ways to get into Alpine and Squaw, or Northstar respectively, from either Truckee in the north, or Kings Beach, Tahoe City in the south. They are one lane, and can be kinda crappy from time to time, but i'd say they'll only fail you if you're not on them early enough I guess, so be up at 6am on those pow days, get to the resort, and get some food and warm up.
The other good thing about northlake, is that if you want to go have some nightlife, its not like reno's all that far... its half an hour away, and not as sketch as some people say it is (vegas has been way more scary to me haha). Plus, if you get too drunk there, then there are hotels in town that are sometimes stupid cheap... like 25 a night for a single bed if its like thursday or something... thats unbelievably cheaper than a cab ride home. (i've inturned some drunk friends down there once, and it was much better than having them risk driving, or paying for their cab driver or something to take them home lol) Reno also has the airport right there, so you can fuck off to some other place from time to time to shred other mountains, and not be an hour 1/2 from home in southlake.
Basically, if I were you, i'd figure out the best housing and job situation you can find, and hit up whichever part of the lake that works best for where you'll be. You honestly cant go that far wrong no matter what.
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