As a San Franciscan that loves getting out of town to ride the powder, Kirkwood is definitely my favorite resort in the entire Tahoe area. If you're going for a full-fledged experience of snow, party, socialize, party, maybe hit the snow some more, forget it - Kirkwood is all about the snow. The runs are great, the staff is friendly and genuine, and the facilities are just right for having an enjoyable day on the slopes. I've yet to have a bad day there, and highly recommend it to anyone who just wants to get to good snow, have a good experience, and skip all the socializing that really has nothing to do with living it up on the slopes. Live to shred... if you want to party, find a fraternity. Kirkwood gets two big thumbs up here.