Alpine Meadows, CA Report: Spring Skiing and Riding at its Finest

Galen Carrico | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Skiers and riders enjoying the soft Spring snow with Lake Tahoe in the background. Image: Galen Carrico

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Report from Saturday, April 10th, 2021 

Spring skiing and riding at Alpine Meadows, CA, is hard to beat this time of year but get it while you can…because the snow is going fast.

It was T-shirt weather on Saturday, and it was one of the warmest days of the season thus far.

One skier opted for a Speedo, and there was lots of neon out with Spring in full swing.

Turnin’ and burning. Image: Galen Carrico

Great corn snow could be found all over the mountain, but it got slushy and slow in spots around 1 pm.

The parking lots were not even half full, and only Summit Six had a line, so I just kept lapping runs all morning. 

A skier carves down The Face. Image: Galen Carrico

I took the High Traverse from the top of Summit and hiked over to check out a spectacular view of Twin Peaks to the South and Lake Tahoe in the distance. 

Jody and Randy topping out on the High Traverse. Image: Galen Carrico

Only a few leftover panels of snow remained to take you could take down to Sherwood, and the snow had corned up perfectly by the time I descended. 

That might have been my last run on Sherwood as the snow is going fast there, given that most of those runs face due South.

Skiing is starting to move to the upper mountain now while some of the lower lifts like Subway at Alpine Meadows and Far East Express.

The Sierra has seen high pressure for a few weeks, but the mountains may get a dusting earlier this week to change things up.

Get it before it’s gone!

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Credit: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (SVAM).
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Ride the snake… Image: Galen Carrico
Panoramic view of Twin Peaks and Lake Tahoe from the High Traverse. Image: Galen Carrico

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