Some Of The Secrets That Make Alpine Meadows, CA A Must-Ski Destination

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Powder stash. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

Alpine Meadows, CA is a place for all you skiers and riders. The resort has a lot to offer on and off the slopes. From the terrain to the activities, there are a plethora of entertainment options to keep you busy throughout your stay.

Some Of The Secrets:

  • The View
  • The Terrain
  • A Focus On Beginners
  • Achieve Tahoe
  • Snowshoe Tours
  • A Slice Of The Alps
  • Spring Activities
  • Spring Music

When you’re planning your next ski trip, be sure to add Alpine Meadows, CA to your list. It’s one of those places that you’ll want to keep going back to.

Beacons & Eggs. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

Alpine Meadows, CA:

On The Slopes:

The view. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

The View:

Even on the busiest days at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, you can take in the breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Head on up the Lakeview Chair, wander over to the start of the Outer Limits Trail, and enjoy a secluded area atop a small cliff with a pristine view. It’s truly one of the best views that the resort has to offer.

The terrain. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

The Terrain:

If you’re looking for some fresh powder, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has a ton of less frequented terrain. It’s typically not visible from the chairlift, so a blank canvas is possibly awaiting your arrival. Two areas come to mind for us, Beaver Bowl and the Promised Land zone. Both require a short traverse for the shot at some untouched powder turns.

If you’ve had the proper education and have the equipment, there’s a plethora of backcountry terrain near the resort. Munchkins is a local favorite that’s just off of the Scott Chair. It can be accessed through the designated backcountry access gate. The area runs along the ridgeline and drops you in the neighborhoods just below the Alpine Meadows base.

Ways To Learn:

Time to learn. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

A Focus On Embracing Beginners:

If you’re looking for a safe and fun way to start skiing or riding, the Learn to Ski/Ride Program is for you. It provides adults and teens with a 2.5-hour lesson, rental equipment, and a restricted beginner lift ticket for the day for just $119. The lessons are run by experienced professionals that will show you the ropes of skiing and riding.

There are lessons available for children as well. Kids under the age of five now have access to Burton Riglet Parks at the designated kids learning area. Terrain-based features in this area are utilized to introduce young kids to snowboarding. Oh and the equipment in the area is easy to use too, so it’s the perfect way to get them hooked on something they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

Achieve Tahoe. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

Achieve Tahoe:

Alpine Meadows is the home of Achieve Tahoe, which is a local organization that provides adaptive ski lessons at an affordable price. While these lessons aren’t a need of all, you can support the organization in other ways. They rent out a beautiful five-bedroom house in the Alpine Meadows valley within walking distance of the mountain. All of the proceeds from your stay fund the organization’s programs.

Apres & Dining:

Beautiful dinner. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

Snowshoe Dinner:

The fun’s not over when the sun sets at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Enjoy the beautiful scenery on a snowshoe tour to the mid-mountain Chalet. Upon arrival, you can take your pick from an Alps-inspired menu with dishes like potato cheese soup, chicken cordon bleu, and apple strudel. The experience is limited to 50 guests and available on select dates throughout the winter season.

A slice of the Alps. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

A Slice Of The Alps:

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows provides guests with a slice of the Alps. They can enjoy tasty brats and brews at the Chalet, which is located mid-mountain at the base of the Scotty Chair. The building has a Bavarian touch and is filled with the smell of melty Swiss cheese. Enjoy the Alps without international travel next time you’re at the resort.


Snow golf. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

Spring Activities Abound:

Known as the Spring Skiing Capital, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is open longer than any other Tahoe resort. There’s plenty of activities to go along with those soft spring turns. One of which is the annual Snow Golf Tournament. The first tee box is atop Alpine Bowl, from which competitors drive and putt with tennis balls all the way down to the base.

Another fun activity is the Beacons & Eggs contest, where guests utilize avalanche transceivers to search for prizes. It’s a great way to highlight the importance of avalanche education and improve your skills with these life-saving tools.

Spring music. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

Spring Music Series:

There’s no better way to cap off a day of spring skiing than enjoying some music while kicking back on the sun deck. For five weekends in the spring, live music is played outside. This year, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has taken it to a new level and added outdoor furniture and an expanded cocktail service for your enjoyment.

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