Are you working or in school? I’m also moving back down to the Bay from the PNW in the coming months. Going to hurt not being a 40min drive from the slopes.
CA’s Epic resorts are not awesome IMO, best bet is definitely the Ikon, and with Squaw’s peak season lift tickets at like $170+/day last season, the Ikon unlimited is for sure the way to go. Plus you get Mammoth, too.
I had actually planned to spend a good part of the season skiing Squaw, but temp housing/Airbnb’s are unbelievably expensive. Could you swing it with some bros? Probably. But personally I’d feel silly spending upwards of 2-3k/mo on a bedroom just to maybe be within 30min of Squaw. Or Palisades. Whatever it’s called now.
I got into the whole rooftop camping thing up here in WA, and I’ll probably find a way to spend long weekends down there insulating and using my setup. Short of spending thousands of dollars on a room/rooms, I don’t know of other options.