The Epic Pass has 3 resorts at Tahoe – Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood. I think it beats out the Ikon (Squaw + Alpine) for anyone in the bay area; here’s why.
Although Ikon has the single best resort (Squaw), every type of riding you might possibly want can be found in some improved form at one of the 3 resorts.
Longest run: Heavenly, 5.5mi. Best Terrain Park: Northstar Best Trees: Northstar Best Beginner Areas: Northstar (+ fantastic village if they give up) Best Terrain, Steeps & Powder: Kirkwood, due to higher elevation. It’s one of the highest snowfall areas in North America, including Canada. This is Vail’s way of appealing to more skilled people.
Squaw has equal beginner areas (+ village), steeps, and powder.