Squaw is simply the best resort at the Tahoe area, period. The only resort that gets a little bit close is Heavenly, but not that close. What’s so unique about this resort is it’s terrain with wide open bowls that you can’t really see anywhere in America and are a lot more common in Europe. In fact, they don’t even keep count of their trails, they only have an estimate, because once you are up on the mountain, you can go anywhere.
As one of the last big resorts that are still family owned, they invest a lot of money on their core business (lifts, machines, etc) rather than on other money making activities, and because of that, they have a great lift network, with some nice high output lifts, that makes the lines always reasonable , even on crowded powder days,
About their staff, as a former lift operator there, I have to agree that they are not the friendliest team in Tahoe, they just don’t think that that’s all that important. They’re very professional about their job, don’t make any mistakes about that but if you are looking for a nice, helpful, family friendly staff, you’d better go to Northstar, they have a great overall environment.
Après-Ski is really not their thing, as it is not the thing of any other sky area in north Lake Tahoe. A trip to South Lake Tahoe after the resort closes it1s always a good idea, if you are looking for some decent nightlife.