I moved to Tahoe seven years ago and love this place (airport in Reno is only 40 min from my place), Reno is a small town and located in CA's back yard and you get to avoid the state income tax here. The Rubicon is just over an hour away from Reno/Sparks (east entrance) and lots of other amazing destinations like SF, Northern CA, Yosimite, Napa and on for very close getaways.
The downfall of living in NV is unemployment is very high and for some reason we keep voting in Harry Reid (or rather he keeps cheating his way in), erh. The state is broke but seems to get by and the real estate market is way down from when I bought in the high of the market (end of 06).
Good luck in your move, I think overall you will really enjoy the area!
*edit just noticed this thread is six months old. Did you make the plunge and head west?