Alpine Meadows resort review

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “Great freeriding and natural freestyle resort with a good annual snow record. Limited slopeside facilities, but excellent services within easy reach.”

Freeriding

80%

Trees & good off-piste

Freestyle

75%

2 parks

Pistes

74%

Pistes suitable for all

Beginners

25%

Mountain stats

Top lift:2632m
Vertical drop:549m
Bottom lift:2083m

LiftsLift count : 11 x Chairlifts   2 x Drag-lifts   1 for kids

Ride area 2400 acres

Easy
25%
Intermediate
40%
Advanced
35%
Total Pistes:100
Longest Piste:2.5miles (4km)

passes Pass (Low/High Season) : USD0-64 Day,

Alpine Meadows has some of North Tahoe’s best terrain and should be an essential stop when ever you visit Tahoe. This is a no frills resort with only a car park, a restaurant and lots of high speed lifts, but what more do you need. Terrain is a big thing here and they have it big time, and what’s even better, is they run an open boundary policy which is hard to find in North America.

Alpine Meadows has all sorts of natural terrain that lends itself to the specific needs of snowboarders. There is a wide variety of trails from beginner to expert, lots of tree runs, great off-piste with amazing views of Lake Tahoe, if you care to stand and stare. On a week-day, you will hardly ever stand in line for the lifts, giving maximum riding time and ample reason to rest and chill at one of the mountain restaurants. Combine all this with a very snowboard-friendly and generally mellow attitude, and you’ve got simply a magic place for all snowboarders.

Dont forget that Alpine is combined with Squaw Valley - so you can choose between the 2 resorts. Each resort is serviced by a free shuttle that takes only 5-10 minutes between them. Life tickets cover both resorts too, so no additional charge required.

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