There ain't shit in North Lake. We had a cabin in Carnelian Bay, right in between Northstar and Squaw/Alpine. 15 minutes to each or so. Sure there are some casinos across the state line but meh. If your girl won't get bored then this area is key because Northstar gets shit on but is fun to dick around, Squaw is pretty epic and Alpine isn't too shabby.
If it hasn't snowed recently Alpine has better conditions supposedly, and was true on our trip.
No experience with Heavenly. Sierra has a local feel to it, compared to the mega resorts. Northstar village is huge, Squaw seemed a little smaller, neither felt hoppin and poppin like Breckenridge's town area. I think Southlake would be better for that. Northstar/Squaw villages felt dead at night.
Last edited by jdang307; 10-10-2013 at 08:36 PM.