Snowfall, terrain park, long cruisers, freeway access.
Crowds, real estate, terrain
Definately lacking when compared to its north Tahoe neighbors. There is nothing startlingly steep or challenging on this mountain like there is at Squaw, Alpine Meadows, or Mt. Rose. They try to make up for that by having an excellent terrain park, but if you aren't a jibber and wan't some big mountain skiing, drive a few miles up to Squaw. If you really like ripping good long blue cruisers, and are willing to ski mid-week to avoid obnoxiously large crowds, this might be the hill for you. In addition, the surplus of relatively moderate terrain means that families will probably have a better time negotiating this mountain. There isn't something for everyone, but it's a good start for families.
Another good thing about this place is its proximity to the freeway. You have to appreciate the convinience of access and relative close proximity to major cities like Reno and Sacramento. Definately a major plus when going up against Heavenly on the south side.