The relaxed pace and family-friendly environment at Alpine Meadows makes it a popular resort. Here you have the chance to enjoy the natural life while skiing some of the toughest terrain in North America. Little wonder that Skiing Magazine called Alpine Meadows "a mountain with a distinctly split personality: a mild side and a wild side."
Alpine Meadows keeps a low profile compared with some other ski resorts around Lake Tahoe, and you'll be mingling with lots of locals if you choose this one for your ski vacation. Steep chutes, gentle glades and endless cruisers have made it a firm favorite with local skiers. It is less expensive than some of the Lake Tahoe resorts and offers a quieter atmosphere off the slopes, as well as some good off-piste skiing and riding.
The resort shares an interchangeable lift pass with Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar at Tahoe, Sierra at Tahoe, and Squaw Valley. With 495 inches (1,257 cm) of snow per year, the snowmaking facilities, which operate on 12 of the 14 lifts, are required usually only during November; then the natural snowfall takes over. The season is long, running from mid-November to the end of May or mid-June.