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Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
Vacation Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels Close to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

Resort at Squaw Creek
Resort at Squaw Creek
4 out of 5
400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, CA
The price is $199 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

This family-friendly Olympic Valley resort is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course, Aerial Tram Ski Lift, and Squaw ...

4.4/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"We liked a lot the size of the suite, which was quite good and worth the price ($400/night). The room was very well equipped: sofa and multiple armchairs; table with 4 chairs, basic kitchen with all the essentials (microwave, toaster, plates, silverware, glasses, and even mini dishwasher). The forest ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Resort at Squaw Creek
Alpine Meadows Chalet
Alpine Meadows Chalet
Olympic Valley, CA
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Situated in the mountains, this condo building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)
Beautiful Location

"Thank you for the wonderful stay at the cozy Chalet. The views were incredible and it was a calm, quiet retreat."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

Alpine Meadows Chalet
Peaceful Summer and Winter Condo Less Than a Mile From the Base of Alpine Meadows Resort. Only 10 Minutes to Tahoe City. Perfect Location for all Tahoe Year Round Activities!
Peaceful Summer and Winter Condo Less Than a Mile From the Base of Alpine Meadows Resort. Only 10 Minutes to Tahoe City. Perfect Location for all Tahoe Year Round Activities!
Olympic Valley, CA
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Situated in Olympic Valley, this romantic condo building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Resort at Squaw Creek Golf ...

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Good time

"Overall it was a nice little vacation the only thing I’d say is about the showers, the shower hoses are bad, the water goes everywhere because they’re not well adjusted or who knows what it else it might need, other than that everything else was great! I also forgot my daughter iPad in the house ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Peaceful Summer and Winter Condo Less Than a Mile From the Base of Alpine Meadows Resort. Only 10 Minutes to Tahoe City. Perfect Location for all Tahoe Year Round Activities!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

Resort at Squaw Creek
Resort at Squaw Creek
4 out of 5
400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, CA
The price is $199 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30
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Alpine Meadows Chalet
Alpine Meadows Chalet
Olympic Valley, CA
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Peaceful Summer and Winter Condo Less Than a Mile From the Base of Alpine Meadows Resort. Only 10 Minutes to Tahoe City. Perfect Location for all Tahoe Year Round Activities!
Peaceful Summer and Winter Condo Less Than a Mile From the Base of Alpine Meadows Resort. Only 10 Minutes to Tahoe City. Perfect Location for all Tahoe Year Round Activities!
Olympic Valley, CA
Peaceful Summer and Winter Condo Less Than a Mile From the Base of Alpine Meadows Resort. Only 10 Minutes to Tahoe City. Perfect Location for all Tahoe Year Round Activities!
Luxury Condo - No. Lake Tahoe Alpine Meadows & Ski Squaw
Luxury Condo - No. Lake Tahoe Alpine Meadows & Ski Squaw
Olympic Valley, CA
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The Village at Squaw Valley
The Village at Squaw Valley
4 out of 5
1750 Village East Rd., Olympic Valley, CA
The price is $179 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11
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Alpine Adventure - Gorgeous 4 BR in Bear Creek - Private Hot Tub and Walk to Trails!
Alpine Adventure - Gorgeous 4 BR in Bear Creek - Private Hot Tub and Walk to Trails!
Olympic Valley, CA
Alpine Adventure - Gorgeous 4 BR in Bear Creek - Private Hot Tub and Walk to Trails!
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