Northstar (at Tahoe) Resort
If you are a skier, then you have probably done the research on the Tahoe resorts to know what areas are of interest to you.
But if you have never gone skiing/snowboarding, or if you simply want to go sledding, then I recommend Northstar. It is just between Kings Beach and Truckee, so it is the easiest to get to. It is also predominately an intermediate skill level mountain, so you can find a greater number of easy slopes that will not intimidate a beginner.
In the summer, the hills are also open to a range of mountain biking and hiking.
Other local resorts like Squaw, Alpine, Sugar Bowl, etc. cater more to advanced and expert skiers. All equipment is available for rent, but to save some money, bring it if you have it, or try renting from a more economical shop in town.
Kings Beach is a larger, busier town than Incline Village (my home). But since it is just a few miles away and over the California boarder, it falls under different laws and regulations... making income, sales, property taxes all different. That being said, it is a bit more developed than Incline to the tourist, but at the same time it can be a little too busy and loud for those looking for a true get-away.
Take a peak at my Incline page for more info! Or look at some Tahoe Facts and Stats.
Having grown up in the mountains near Kings Beach and Incline Village, I've seen my fair share of wild animals. But these two are the only ones I have photos of from the local areas.
I've seen bears, mountain lions, coyotes, porcupines, skunks, mule deer, bald eagles, hawks, hummingbirds and the ever present blue jays and many other types of birds.
One extremely rare occasion, I've found snakes and scorpions too, but they do not thrive in the cold of the higher elevations.
(for more pictures, feel free to visit my USA Gallery. If you enjoy the pictures, please leave a comment.)