This last season I only went to Tahoe once (boreal) with some bad rental gear. For next season I got a season pass to bear valley because its cheap, but I will still be going on day trips to Tahoe. And now I have my own gear so I can go whenever.
Boreal with bad gear ...you might as well board Mountain High
Boreal is a fun little park but that's what it is, a fun little park.
Squaw/Alpine are awesome. Make sure you head there.