Alpine is a true skiers mountain. Unlike Northstar and Heavenly, it is a no frills resort, and has no apres ski or village to speak of. However, Alpine and Squaw have the best terrain in Tahoe. Alpine is a little smaller than Squaw but as a close neighbor it has plenty of similar steeps, bowls, and chutes. There is a lot of great skiing to hike to, and this is essential because, unlike other Tahoe resorts, it leaves a lot of great untracked snow days after a storm. It has a great open-boundary policy for backcountry skiers. Another plus is it is extremely family oriented. The terrain park is much improved, and the ski school is good for the tykes. A problem is Alpine is very exposed to the weather and avalanche prone, so on super stormy days Summit and Scott can be put on windhold. If you are bored with the groomers at Northstar or don't want the attitude of Squaw, I would recommend Alpine.