@Neednsnow...I guess it's all relative. I've been to Kirkwood on President's Day holiday, and it still didn't seem crowded compared to what we put with back East.
About the drive, though, you're right. If you've never been to Tahoe or driven through a mountain pass like this, it is as much a part of your vacation as the actual destination. On our last trip to Kirkwood, we had just ridden out a three day storm which dumped 3 feet at Tahoe City, and even more down south. As we drove through Carson Pass some asshole thought I was driving too slow...he tried to pass me. The last I saw of him in my rearview mirror was his 4x4 spinning off into the guardrail. Be careful out there!