Agreed, although I think he said it was a short hour drive. Understand Tahoe has not had any new snow in the last 1-2 weeks, so I reckon the roads were pretty drivable when he was there.
But things can change fast when it starts to dump and they close the roads...
I was there Dec 15-22(missed the big Pre Xmas storm by 1 day
). Driving conditions when we were there were pretty average except driving back to Reno during the big snow. It took us an hour to drive to Kirkwood or Northstar from SLT each time. I would definetly agree if there had been alot of snow that it would take longer but for me an hour to get somewhere with good terrain is a short drive. Closest place to me at home is over 6 hours on less than 100 acres of man made crap so its all perspective.