West of Tahoe City, the Squaw Valley ski area has over 170 runs spread over 3,600 acres that are served by 27 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,850 feet. The massive Squaw resort covers six mountain peaks with 16 distinct bowls, and due to its massive size, it attracts HUGE crowds. It's treeless, windy upper bowls get icy and skied off pretty quick.
Squaw is known for high-speed cruisers, as well as technical chutes and cliff drops (see Silverbelt Chair). Plus, there's five terrain parks with halfpipes. For challenge, try KT-22 peak heading down the Fingers Chutes or the Palasades above Siberia Bowl. If you re on a powder hunt, try Granite Chief.
Squaw Valley recently merged with Alpine Meadows. It is possible to snowboard a backcountry route from Squaw Valley to Alpine Medows.
The lodging options at Squaw and nearby towns are very limited and very expensive.
Better known for the snowboarding, this area is not known for its nightlife. For apres ski, try the Loft Bar, but the best bets are in Tahoe City (Pierce Street Annex, Pete & Peters, Naughty Dog) or Truckee (American Bar, Tahoe Taps or the Tourist Club).
Overall, Squaw Valley Resort is the 10th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 19 snowboarding resorts in California.