Alpine Meadows

2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Tahoe City , CA (Driving Directions to Alpine Meadows)
Last Updated: 10/25/2016 8:51 PM

Alpine Meadows Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 25 Beginner
  • 40 Intermediate
  • 35 Advanced
Alpine Meadows’ seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes, and authentic hospitality are among the many attributes that have made the resort a favorite of the local community and visitors alike. Alpine Meadows offers skiers and riders access to more than 100 trails across 2,400 skiable acres serviced by 13 lifts. With its high annual snowfall, the resort boasts one of ... Tahoe’s longest skiing and boarding seasons.

Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley recently joined forces, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can now access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on any lift ticket.
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Alpine Meadows Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Alpine Meadows Operations


Plan to Open 11/11

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 13

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 100

Weekend Hours


Alpine Meadows Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

6,835 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

1,802 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

8,637 ft

Alpine Meadows Ski Pictures and Photos

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Alpine Meadows Trail Map

Alpine Meadows Reviews & Tips (40)

We had a great time skiing at Alpine Meadows. Lift ticket pickup was super smooth and it wasn't crowded...because it was raining...but we had a blast anyways. Thank you Alpine and Liftopia!
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 20 2016 - 11:49 PM
Rob Advanced Skier
Enjoyed skiing at Squaw Valley. However, I was disappointed that both Granite Chief and Siberia were closed. I think they wanted to preserve the slopes for the weekenders.
Alpine Meadows review written Feb 10 2016 - 02:38 PM
Rene Advanced Skier
Squaw and Alpine are sister resorts. How come you can walk up to the ticket window at Squaw and turn in your Liftopia vouchers and get your lift tickets immediately, but at Alpine you have to walk to the lobby and wait in a line to turn in your on-line vouchers? Seems like an extra and inconvenient step at Alpine.
Alpine Meadows review written Jan 12 2016 - 08:40 AM
Brandon Advanced Skier
Alpine paired with Squaw is definitely a bucket list destination for this Midwesterner and my 2 boys 10 and 14. Went on Jan 3, 2015 for the first time when most of the holiday crowds had departed. The property is huge and we spent all morning just going where we felt like. Some of the blue terrain had some moguls that we had to navigate, but other than that, everything is well marked. Terrain park is 2nd only to Squaw of the Tahoe resorts I have been to so far. Our pass was good for Squaw as well. Drove 10 min. over there and spent the afternoon/evening. There is a free shuttle if you don't want to walk to the car. Squaw has night skiing so the day is as long as you can last. This is the priciest ($250 for adult, teen and child ticket) compared to Mt. Rose, Diamond Peak, Homewood and Boreal, $100-$150 before xmas, so will have to be choosey about when to go back.
Alpine Meadows review written Jan 05 2016 - 05:39 PM
Mark Intermediate Skier
Resort operator can add very few features to be more customer friendly. Put 2 bench chair just below lift exit. Snow boarder can sit down and snap on board easily. Kleenex box for colder weather. Cut more interconnect cat walk for people move from one trail to another. Prepare chair entrance such that rider can easily glide in. Not walk up and turn 180 degree. Ski and board check on slope. Food, drink rest area on top of middle of mountain. People do not need to go down to base for break.
Alpine Meadows review written Feb 01 2014 - 11:37 PM
sam Intermediate Snowboarder
Sat April 6 was a pleasant surprise. Not crowded at all, a little foggy in AM at the top and slushy at the bottom but sun came out and conditions were perfect (except at the bottom). A travel guide at the hotel (which I read after the fact) said "known for good spring skiing" and I agree! Surprised the standard pricing was about the same as the big name resorts, but liftopia deal made it an easy decision.
Alpine Meadows review written Apr 12 2013 - 02:24 PM
Greg Intermediate Skier
Squaw upper mountain was closed last week so we took the bus (free!) to Alpine Meadows, never had been there before. Definitely worth 10 minute trip. More beginner/intermediate friendly vs Squaw but had difficult trails for my bf who is an expert snowboarded and brother who is expert skier. Would definitely visit there again
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 11 2013 - 07:33 PM
Carol Intermediate Snowboarder
Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley are under common ownership, so I bought a 2 day Alpine Meadows ticket and used it exclusively at Squaw Valley. We had fantastic snow conditions, overall great weather (although a few white out periods to make things interesting) and a great experience staying in the Village. And what a mountain! One caution about Squaw is they appear to merge the "black" and "double black" categories into a single group. I'm a serious skier, but not an expert (yet) who is comfortable on steep rocky narrow chutes, and so I stuck with the black groomers which were safe (relatively) and a lot of fun. This is a resort where you need to spend a lot of time to get your bearings around the mountain, more than the 2 days we had. Overall, a great experience!
Alpine Meadows review written Apr 06 2012 - 03:23 PM
Walter Advanced Skier
Even in a lean snow year the powder was great at Alpine Meadows. The mountain is huge so heavy crowds are easily dispersed. This mountain is definitely catered to the better skiers, many of the blues at Alpine Meadows would be blacks out East. Overall I enjoyed Alpine Meadows, if you can get a deal on Liftopia for tix definitely check Alpine out, otherwise it's a bit pricey and there is better value in the Tahoe area like Diamond Peak.
Alpine Meadows review written Feb 22 2012 - 04:46 PM
Brandon Intermediate Skier
A few Ski School Money Saving Tips: "Private" instruction can be expensive. But if you've got a small group of people, splitting up a full day private lesson can be a great deal. Remember, you're basically booking an instructor for the day. Most of them are perfectly capable of teaching a wide range of skill level and ages from 3-80. Split up the day into 2 to 3 hour chunks and send the kids off for a while, then some of the grown ups, then the other grownups. Just try to bunch folks into groups with similar skill level so you all get the most out of it. Combine with some liftopia discounted tix and you've got a pretty good deal. Kids Camp Tips (Kids' Camp is 3-6 year-olds). Make a reservation. That way they'll have name tags all made out for your kids and check-in will be much smoother. Also, ask the instructor/coordinator to loan you the kids' skis after the lesson - no extra charge for this and you can take a run or two with your kid. Kid's Camp isn't cheap, and I haven't seen many discount offers, but if you join the "Alpine Club", I think you get a discount. "Advanced" Group Lessons rarely get many people in them. Advanced group snowboard lessons almost never get more than a couple people in them. Take advantage of this and get a semi-private or private lesson for the cost of a group lesson. Especially true on weekdays. Last year Alpine offered some non-contiguous multi-day lesson packages. They also sometimes have non-advertised 'upgrade' offers to turn a one-time group lesson into a multi-day package or multi-day private / semi-private lesson. Don't forget to tip your instructors if they are good - you wouldn't think it to look at the hourly rates, but the instructors don't get paid very much. Tipping is greatly appreciated.
Alpine Meadows review written Sep 22 2011 - 02:55 PM
Family Man Advanced Skier
Check out the Ice Bar by the Sherwood Lift on a sunny day...they have a DJ, great selection of grilled sausages and they sell box wine and 20 oz PBRs...all the makings for a great afternoon.
Alpine Meadows review written Apr 12 2011 - 02:53 PM
K8 Advanced Skier
Alpine is a GREAT mountain! Skied there on April 4th. It was AMAZING! Be sure to hit Sherwood early before it warms up. Then hit Summit and Scotts later in the day. 30 foot drifts in the parking lot! 12" new snow last night! Liftopia was great. AWESOME price! Awesome mountain!
Alpine Meadows review written Apr 09 2011 - 02:13 PM
Monica and Dan Advanced Skier
Love liftopia - better pricing than anywhere else and as long as you know the weather is going to cooperate, it is a great deal. Just wish you didn't have to go in to the main lodge to redeem the tickets, as I always park at the Subway lot! Do the 2day ticket - Great Deal! Alpine has a great selection of blues/blacks - thier blues are much harder than Northstar blacks! Small enough mountain that you can easily meet up with your friends or kids and they are dog friendly at the Subway lift - tons of dogs there in the morning, lunch and afternoon time.
Alpine Meadows review written Apr 03 2011 - 05:18 PM
Annie F. Advanced Skier
Liftopia has by far some of the greatest deals to get lift tickets. However, the only downfall about purchasing tickets from Liftopia is that they are date specific and non refundable no matter what conditions. Ofcourse, I decide to purchase tickets this past weekend to Alpine Meadows to find out at the resort that they decided to close the whole mountain due to blizzard hazard. Because they were open in the mornings and I missed getting there due to a blizzard that they couldn't offer me a refund or a voucher. Since I also purchased the food voucher along with the tickets, I ended up staying at alpine spending the voucher on lunch hoping that Alpine would reopen the mountain, which they never did. Alpine seemed like a awesome mountain, but I can't comment on that because I didn't get to ski. Hopefully next time it'll be under better conditions.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 28 2011 - 04:35 PM
Mick Advanced Skier
Gets windy here, make sure to check weather before buying tickets in advance!
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 27 2011 - 12:54 PM
Warren Advanced Skier
Alpine is awesome and fun. When it snows look to wolverine bowl into waterfall... or go over to scotts chair and go down. As a snowboarder I found it a little tedious traversing just to get more fresh fluff. In spring alpine is just as nice as you travel around the mountain getting the perfect spring corn. And bring your own lunch.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 24 2011 - 05:51 PM
nor cal boarder Advanced Snowboarder
My friend and I were on a ski road trip from back east. Unfortunately the day we had scheduled for Alpine Meadows was a very WET snowy day and only the lower mtn was open d/t weather. Bummer to have missed the whole package. But we still had fun and made the most of it! Maybe next time the weather will cooperate. That's the only thing about ordering tickets for a specific day... you're at the mercy of the weather!Otherwise the Liftia lift ticket is a great deal! The bar tender was very friendly as we played cards and enjoyed a bloody mary while drying out!
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 23 2011 - 07:54 AM
Jeanne Advanced Skier
Midweek is the time to go and hit the chalet for lunch instead of the main lodge.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 21 2011 - 11:12 AM
Emily Advanced Skier
Reservations and check in for the kids are in separate locations. And it would be nice if you could combine into one location as it is confusing and time consuming for new guests. Kids program was awesome and special tickets line for liftopia voucher was a real plus.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 19 2011 - 05:29 PM
Michelle Intermediate Skier
An excellent mountain! The terrain was a lot of fun, and I was able to find quite a bit of fun terrain of all varying levels, including some well-shaded steeps that didn't get melted and slushy (and had great snow as a result). However, there is not that much at the double black end of the spectrum (but what there is is quite fun).
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 15 2011 - 01:18 PM
Justin Advanced Skier
Great mountain. Lots of great off piste terrain. Super friendly staff.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 15 2011 - 08:13 AM
Leon Advanced Snowboarder
Great mountain and friendly staff. My favorite spot to ski.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 13 2011 - 10:59 AM
jiri Advanced Skier
I agree with Megan, I was too beginner for the blues on this mountain but too advanced for the two greens they had. My husband who is advanced enjoyed Alpine and the snow was perfect.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 12 2011 - 11:24 AM
Amanda Beginner Skier
Sherwood trees on the backside do not disappoint... the freshies linger there and the morning sun makes for sweet corn snow in the spring according to a grizzled local... and the rtid tags on the smartpass meanz no more fumbling to show the staff you have not poached it...
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 11 2011 - 09:09 PM
BillyBob Advanced Snowboarder
We have always loved Alpine for its "feel" - it is clear as the locals favorite... great pitch, snow and variety of terrain at the lowest priced lift tickets amongst the "big" mountains in the area. This year, after much comparitive research, we discovered Alpine also offered the absolute best valued Ski School for our 4 year old. It was her 1st ski school experience, she loved it and learned a ton. Because rental equipment for kids is included in the price, it was at least $30 less per day than all the others in the area. On top of this it provided without additional cost the two high tech innovations that make it the safest program around the beeper monitor and the magnetic flak jacket). We were thrilled because we got to ski our favo30-3:30 but asked us at the end of every day if she could do it again tomorrow. Be sure to check their web page frequently and all the additional discounts that are available - such as buying a non-contiguous 3 day lesson package - a great discount. The service is friendly, the skiing is world class and the prices are significantly lower than the others that surround it...and when the sky cleared, we couldn't believe the views of the lake from so many spots around the mountain.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 10 2011 - 12:41 AM
Larry Advanced Skier
The backside express lift has some nice open terrain that softens early in the sun. Good on sunny mornings. We also found some fresh lines on the far skiers left with some traversing off the summit chair.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 07 2011 - 04:23 PM
Paul Advanced Skier
Im an East coast skier, this was my first trip to tahoe, it wont be my last! Alpine was amazing with wide open bowls and geat glades and a dumping of fresh pow! Lets just say, my cheeks hurt at the end of the day from all the smiling! but like all ski areas bring your own lunch, it is incredibly overpriced.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 07 2011 - 08:19 AM
Cris Advanced Skier
Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. Runs were endless. Recommend the back mountain, Scott and Lakeview.
Alpine Meadows review written Mar 01 2011 - 03:09 PM
Nancy Advanced Skier
Alpine is fantastic for all the reasons listed by every other skier/boarder here - right up there with Squaw for me, and the voucher deal through Liftopia is unbeatable. Last Tuesday was cold, sunny and the powder was pristine!
Alpine Meadows review written Feb 24 2011 - 08:12 PM
nicole Intermediate Snowboarder
On a crowded day ask for the carpool parking lot up front. Carpools of 3 or more park up front (behind the $20 lot) for free.
Alpine Meadows review written Feb 14 2011 - 04:15 PM
Pegster Intermediate Skier
Alpine is great. Really liked the way that you can follow the sun around the faces of the mountain. Summit six a great lift to yo-yo. Sherwood a great sun playground. Lakeside has fun blues. This is my new favorite Tahoe area.
Alpine Meadows review written Feb 12 2011 - 02:30 PM
jmac Intermediate Skier
great place, great views, nice staff, good food if you get the right thing,love alpine and wolverine bowls. great value with liftopia
Alpine Meadows review written Feb 10 2011 - 11:34 PM
greg Advanced Skier
There are only two green runs and they are filled with little children. Since this was my first time skiiing in 10 years and 3rd time skiing ever it, the blue runs were a bit to hard for me. Need another beginner run!
Alpine Meadows review written Feb 07 2011 - 02:19 PM
Megan Beginner Skier
Gentian Gully and Promised Land had the best snow with a few untouched lines. They were accessible with relatively little hiking.
Alpine Meadows review written Dec 26 2010 - 07:52 PM
Adam Advanced Snowboarder
Snow was cold/fast in the morning and softened up a bit with sun. Lot's of accessible trees and meadows with occasional stashes pf powder. Virtually no lift lines...this place is a gem of the sierras ($50 lift tickets on Lifttopia didn't hurt either)
Alpine Meadows review written Dec 26 2010 - 02:31 PM
Todd Intermediate Snowboarder
Great Time. Plenty of snow w\ the occasional stash. No waiting in line!
Alpine Meadows review written Dec 25 2010 - 02:05 PM
Big P Advanced Skier
Best pure mountain experience in tahoe. Lacks Squaw in terms of sushi and crowds, but way ahead on untracked lines, gorgeous vistas, and some semblance of solitude...
Alpine Meadows review written Sep 29 2009 - 09:57 AM
will Advanced Skier
Alpine is my surrogate home mountain now that I live on the West Coast. While Squaw is more well known, Alpine tends to hold snow a bit better if you are willing to hike. Hike far out on high traverse and you are often rewarded with remnants of powder when there is none to be found elsewhere. Then rest the legs at Ice Bar...
Alpine Meadows review written Sep 22 2009 - 05:52 PM
Evan Advanced Skier
Summit Six, the six person lift that goes top to bottom, let's you get a lot of runs in. Great bang for your buck!
Alpine Meadows review written Dec 16 2008 - 11:49 AM
Matt Advanced Skier
If you are willing to do some hiking, Alpine Meadows is an awesome place to get fresh snow when Squaw has been skied off. While many people head to High Traverse, I personally think that Beaver and Estelle have better pitch, hold more snow, and are a longer sustained run to the base...
Alpine Meadows review written Oct 24 2008 - 10:15 AM
Evan Advanced Skier

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