Yes, the Union of Soviet Socialist Californians make it a bit expensive to live here, but honestly, it isn't that bad. Yes the state tax is about 8% give or take, compared to Nevada's 0% income tax. And sales tax. But Sacramento is about the largest city near Tahoe, and you don't have to live in Sacramento. I'd have to imagine there would be more teaching opportunities there.
Northstar. Meh. I agree with killz, they probably have the better park in the area, but as for the rest of the mountain, we rode it all by Noon with the large crowds.
We have a trip up there in two weeks, 2.5 days at alpine and squaw. Let's see what all this fuss is about.