... if money is no object and you love to ski: Ritz-Carlton at Northstar
It might look like Hogwarts from the outside, but on the inside, this ski-in/ski-out spot has a massive spa, and one of the best barbecue joints in Tahoe. And, oh yeah, it’s the Ritz.
If you’re looking to party: Mont Bleau
To help you minimize the possible logistic mishaps that come between “What’s your name?” and “Do you have a condom?”, this hotel's got not one, but two, big time clubs... right there, on the property! Plus a theater that hosts most of the major bands that come to South Lake.
If you’re looking to gamble: Harrah’s
Not only do they have the best casino in town, the club inside, PEEK, is the perfect place for everyone in your party to spend all the money they win.
If you want a condo right next to the gondola: Squaw Valley Resort
Like "roll out of bed, put on your skis, and be on the top of the mountain in five minutes" close. Like "if you forgot your Clif bar in the refrigerator, you can run back and get it" close. There are resorts with parking lots that are further away.
If you’ve got a big group: Rent a house
Some might tell you this is the best option no matter what, but in a town with more cops than taxis, being close to where you party is important. That said, you can’t ignore the economics if you’ve got a big group, and there’s no shortage of rich people with “places” in Tahoe that they rent out for the 355 nights a year they’re not there. Check VRBO and Airbnb, just not Craigslist.
If you’ve got a small group: Rent a condo
Again, you can score beautiful spots in buildings nicer than many of the hotels. And if you don’t mind cramming six dudes into a 1BR condo, you'll have a lot more cash to drop on drinks and lift tickets.