Is Kirkwood the closest resort from the Bay Area. I've never been to Tahoe but will be driving up from Stockton in December. I figure it's two hours from Stockton but how close are the other resorts to Kirkwood, not sure how Kirkwood is but would it be better to keep on driving to another resort?
South Lake is going to be a little closer, Sierra, Heavenly and Kirk. But Kirk is the furthest from the lake I believe.
Honestly, it won't make a difference if you're visiting. Just pick the best resort and go (Squaw and Alpine are awesome, and everyone loves Kirkwood, Northstar is fun for park stuff and general messing around).