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Alpine Meadows

Beginner and advanced snow enthusiasts alike have their pick from more than 100 trails funneling down from two mountain peaks at this winter sports destination.

The Alpine Meadows area has two peaks, 20 ski and snowboard areas serviced by 13 lifts, and more than 100 trails in all. These trails are split into the “Frontside” and the “Backside,” with options for all levels in both areas. An average annual snow fall of 450 inches (11 meters) makes Alpine Meadows a great winter sports destination. It’s also beautiful for hiking in the warmer months.

A group of San Francisco skiers stumbled across the snow bowl under the Scott and Ward Peaks in the 1960s. They pooled their resources to develop a small resort, which opened in 1961. Fifty years later, Alpine Meadows merged with the nearby Squaw Valley Resort.

Visit the guest services center to orient yourself and pick up maps, event tickets and lift passes. No matter what your skiing skills, there are private lessons, group classes and multi-day lessons available. Those with a competitive spirit can join the ski or snowboard team for a race. Don’t miss the resort’s long terrain parks: Try the jumps and tricky corners of The Firing Line and stunt your way down to the bottom of Sandy’s Corner.

When you’re ready for a lunch break or après-ski drinks, head to the main lodge to check out the sun deck, shops, café and playground for kids. You don’t even have to take off your ski boots at the Ice Bar at the base of Sherwood Chair; just order your drinks or snacks at the window. Just like the resort itself, this snack hut is open year-round, because the fun on the mountain doesn’t stop as the mercury rises. In the warmer months, you can hike and climb, and enjoy the spring concert series from March onwards.

Alpine Meadows is located east of Tahoe City, south of Squaw Valley. A complimentary shuttle service runs to-and-from most of the lodges on the northern and western shores of  Lake Tahoe and in nearby Truckee.

The resort itself doesn’t have on-site accommodations. One good lodging option is the Squaw Valley resort, which offers reciprocal ski pass privileges with Alpine Meadows. There’s a free shuttle bus every 20 minutes connecting the two resorts. Rent a locker at either resort for the day or to store your gear overnight.


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The Village at Squaw Valley $71
The Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley

1750 Village East Rd., Olympic Valley, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located near the slopes, this Olympic Valley hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Aerial Tram, Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course, and Squaw Valley Adventure Center. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Granlibakken Resort Ski Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Cozy Condo Close to Skiing, Hiking & Biking Trails, and the Truckee River
    Cozy Condo Close to Skiing, Hiking & Biking Trails, and the Truckee River

    Cozy Condo Close to Skiing, Hiking & Biking Trails, and the Truckee River

    Olympic Valley, CA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located near the slopes, this Olympic Valley condo building is in the mountains, 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and close to winter activities such as cross-country skiing and sledding. Aerial Tram and Granlibakken Resort Ski Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      NEW Listing! Upscale Condo Near Slopes, Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding!
      NEW Listing! Upscale Condo Near Slopes, Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding!

      NEW Listing! Upscale Condo Near Slopes, Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding!

      Olympic Valley, CA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out condo building in Olympic Valley is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and close to winter activities such as cross-country skiing and sledding. Aerial Tram and Granlibakken Resort Ski Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Cozy Condo w/ Furnished Balcony & Mountain Views - Near Skiing, Biking, & Hiking
        Cozy Condo w/ Furnished Balcony & Mountain Views - Near Skiing, Biking, & Hiking

        Cozy Condo w/ Furnished Balcony & Mountain Views - Near Skiing, Biking, & Hiking

        Olympic Valley, CA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Olympic Valley, this condo building is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course and Squaw Valley Adventure Center. Aerial Tram and Gatekeeper's Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Alpine Meadows Chalet
          Alpine Meadows Chalet

          Alpine Meadows Chalet

          Olympic Valley, CA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located near the slopes, this Olympic Valley condo building is in the mountains, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and close to winter activities such as cross-country skiing and sledding. Aerial Tram and Granlibakken Resort Ski Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Newly Remodeled Modern Alpine Meadows Condo
            Newly Remodeled Modern Alpine Meadows Condo

            Newly Remodeled Modern Alpine Meadows Condo

            Olympic Valley, CA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out condo building in Olympic Valley is within 6 mi (10 km) of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course and close to winter sports such as snowmobiling. Aerial Tram and Granlibakken Resort Ski Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Luxury Condo - No. Lake Tahoe Alpine Meadows & Ski Squaw
              Luxury Condo - No. Lake Tahoe Alpine Meadows & Ski Squaw

              Luxury Condo - No. Lake Tahoe Alpine Meadows & Ski Squaw

              Olympic Valley, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out condo building in Olympic Valley is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and close to winter activities such as cross-country skiing and sledding. Aerial Tram and Granlibakken Resort Ski Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Eagles Nest - 5 BR w. Stunning Mountain Views, Hot tub & Pool Table
                Eagles Nest - 5 BR w. Stunning Mountain Views, Hot tub & Pool Table

                Eagles Nest - 5 BR w. Stunning Mountain Views, Hot tub & Pool Table

                Olympic Valley, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located near the slopes, this Olympic Valley vacation home is in the mountains, within 6 mi (10 km) of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course, and close to winter sports such as sledding. Aerial Tram and Granlibakken Resort Ski Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).