Lake Tahoe Skiing: Alpine Meadows
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    There is an energy at Alpine Meadows, like a heartbeat. Beyond its scenic natural beauty is Alpine’s mysterious ‘je ne sais quos’ character that escapes spoken or written word.

    This mountain mesmerizes us with perfect powder that lingers days after a storm; grants moments of clarity on quiet traverses through snow-covered trees; and converts visitors to locals with seven open bowls, gentle, top-to-bottom cruisers and forested glades.

    Alpine Meadows opened in 1961, with the notion of offering a more relaxed atmosphere and family-friendly experience than its glamorous, energetic neighbor, Squaw Valley USA.

    From atop the peaks of the recent Olympic host: Squaw Valley; a group of avid outdoorsmen from San Francisco spied the beckoning valley to the south; they coveted its spanning powder bowls and its gracefully spaced juniper, western white pines and aspen trees. Visions of yesteryear are realized today; carefully tended groomed trails remain surrounded by Alpine’s great amphitheater of off-piste bowls, sinewy chutes and craggy peaks.


    Top elevation: 8,637 feet
    Vertical drop: 1,802 feet
    Acres: 2,400
    Terrain: 100-plus trails
    Terrain parks: 3
    Ski season: November to May
    Average snowfall: 365 inches
    Base elevation: 6,835 feet


    Beginning trails: 25%
    Intermediate trails: 40%
    Advanced trails: 35%


    Chair lifts: 14 lifts including one high-speed detachable six-passenger chair; two high-speed express quads; three triple and five double chairs; three surface lifts.


    Day lodge, rental and repair shop, parents’ lounge, indoor play area, retail shops, mid-mountain restaurant, ski and snowboard school, and a new base area restaurant.


    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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