Pack a lunch (for three months) just in case.
Heh. Almost needed it, too. Got caught in the storm driving out. Nothing quite like Sierra storms for
- obscuring every road sign with cling-on sheaths of snow
- making ordinary 4wd pretty useless
- catching Californians driving 5mph in Dodge Neons
- sending 80-90 mph wind gusts to break rear wheels free
- icing up the next day so chains useless
- giving one enough stress that gristly roast beef sandwiches in nameless casinos in the middle of the high desert taste like the food of the gods.
Homewood was exceptionally crunchy, mostly because of the sun exposure.
Donner Ski Ranch was very well received in spite of some hilarious wind even before the storms hit.
Diamond Peak had enough manmade snow to set up some nice bumpies, decent terrain open, views excellent.
Sierra At Tahoe was -packed- to the gills, oddly most of the blue and single-black terrain had like one person (me) on it.
Alpine Meadows: wind. Wind. WIND. And this is before the storm hit; I have some pics somewhere of giant whitecaps at King's Beach.
Best food experience: Cortina in the strip mall next to the intersection of SR395 and NV431 (Mt. Rose access road).