Alpine Meadows at Palisades Tahoe is wide open and wild, with 80% above tree bowl skiing. Alpine is where the locals go, there’s no slope side lodging, and the best terrain is out of bounds and legal with Alpine’s rather liberal backcountry policy.
Alpine Meadows is a multi-faced mountain, offering steep chutes lined with jagged rock cropping and snow filled gullies on the front side. Sun-soaked bowls with hike-to skiing in cool spots like Beaver Bowl, Estelle Bowl, and Grouse Ridge, with remarkable views of Lake Tahoe on the backside.
Merged merger with next door Palisades Tahoe, Alpine Meadows has been getting some alpine love (okay $$) and now has a mile-long terrain park – The Firing Line with some of the biggest jumps in Lake Tahoe if your kids are up for that. The two resorts are now called Palisades Tahoe at Olympic Valley. An 8-passenger base to base gondola – The Claifornia Express – connects the two adjacent ski resorts for 6,000 acres of skiing and riding.
Alpine holds onto its charm and authentic vibe, even with the mountain merge with world famous Palisades Tahoe – formerly Squaw Valley (who hosted a Winter Olympics).
Alpine’s mid mountain Chalet is a great spot for lunch a warm up of homemade lunch, or a place to sit and soak up the California sunshine on the huge outdoor deck. The Mogrog Cafe offers European fare at the bottom of Subway Chair.
Alpine Meadows events include the annual Alpine Meadows Snow Golf Tournament, the Retro Après Ski Party hosted by local Olympic champion Jonny Moseley, and springtime live music on the sun-soaked deck.
Apres ski at Alpine, go to the River Ranch Lodge down the access road for apres drinks, its a family friendly place with views of the beautiful Truckee River below. Its also a cool place to stay neary Alpine and Palisades Tahoe, with 19 boutique rooms.
Alpine Meadows is on the same ticket as Palisades Tahoe, a free shuttle transfers skiers and riders back and forth. Look for more improvements to Alpine Meadows, including a resort renaissance with a total of $70 million to be invested here and at Olympic Valley Palisades Tahoe.
Alpine Meadows Stats:
1,802’ vertical, Summit Elevation 8,637’
100 trails, 13 Lifts
2,400 patrolled acres, 100 designated runs
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