Description - Whether you are looking to learn how to ski or snowboard, cruise the mellow groomers with your family, or attack the abundant double black diamonds, Alpine Meadows has something for you. Although Alpine has been known to many as a family resort - featuring countless kids' programs, events and family trails - its local patrons and winter junkies have long called it home for its backcountry access, unique and challenging in-bounds terrain that look nothing like a groomed run and world renowned spring snow conditions. Alpine's snow and terrain quality has been deemed highly unique and superior by leading ski publications. Named for the best accessible backcountry terrain in the lower 48's in Skiing Magazine and for the best spring snow conditions in Ski Magazine.
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Skiing the powder at Alpine Meadows
- Alpine Meadows covers 2,000 acres of terrain with a base elevation of 6,835 feet and a summit elevation of 8,637 feet. It offers 13 total lifts: one high-speed 6-passenger chair, one high speed quad chair, three triple chairs, six double chairs, one surface lift, and one SunKid surface lift. Other Alpine Meadows attractions include a new and improved half-pipe and terrain park, a Snow Sport Schools for adults and children, a ski and snowboard rental and repair shop, an expansive day lodge, a full-service restaurant, a cafeteria, a deli, a boulangerie, an on-mountain snack bar, a cocktail lounge, and a bar.
In between February storms, recruit a level III guide through the Alpine Meadows Snow Sports School for either a full or half-day of hiking to remote peaks, bottomless powder fields and natural
terrain features. When the warmth of spring begins to compact the dry winter snow into smooth, carvable corn snow, follow the morning sun to Alpine's southern exposed bowls and faces to experience what it must be like to ski or board on a sandbar. Hit the north-facing slopes after lunch for a repeat experience of morning.
Recreation - Alpine Meadows offers 2,000 acres of terrain for skiing and snowboarding.
Climate - Changeable weather conditions are common in the Lake Tahoe Basin throughout the year. Winter storms may occur from September through June, with heavy snow accumulations likely. Many of the ski resorts expect an average of over 450 inches of snow annually and can stay open until June. Sunny, summer skies may cloud over quickly with thundershowers, catching some people by surprise. Weather may also vary or change rapidly from lake-level (6,225 ft) to mountain peaks (10,880 ft).
Alpine Meadows is located on Lake Tahoe's West Shore, west of Tahoe City. From Sacramento, take Interstate 80 east to Truckee, California (about 120 miles). At Truckee, take the State Highway 89 South exit , drive 10 miles south and take a right on Alpine Meadows Road, then follow this road to the end. From Reno take Interstate 80 west to Truckee, California (about 45 miles). At Truckee, take the State Highway 89 South exit and follow the above directions to Alpine Meadows.
Directions from Sacramento: Take Interstate 80 east to Truckee, California (about 120 miles). At Truckee, take the State Highway 89 South exit , drive 10 miles south and take a right on Alpine Meadows Road, then follow this road to the end.
Directions from Reno: Take Interstate 80 west to Truckee, California (about 45 miles). At Truckee, take the State Highway 89 South exit, drive 10 miles south and take a right on Alpine Meadows Road, then follow this road to the end.
Normal Ski Season:
Mid-November through May.