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Alpine Meadows

Located right next to Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows is a family friendly ski resort with lots of blues and easy blacks. If you are travelling with small kids and beginners or intermediate skiers, Alpine Meadows is a better choice than Squaw.

Thew resort is smaller than Squaw Valley, and the terrain is less difficult. If you are looking for black runs, try the area left of the Alpine Bowl Chair (Palisades, Keyhole, etc.). There are plenty of nice steep run there. The back side of the mountain also has some interesting black runs. Try South Face, South Face, and of course CB Chute.

Please keep in mind that Alpine Meadows is usually open only during the week-end starting end of April. Also, depending on the conditions, during spring the ski resort may close at 2 PM.


Alpine Meadows Base Area

I uploaded pictures from Alpine Meadows here. Please take a look to have an idea of how the mountain looks like.



Now to let's go to the practical side of things:

1. How do you get to Alpine Meadows? Same like if you go to Squaw, you can fly into Reno (NV) or Sacramento (CA). From Reno it will take you about 45 minutes driving to get to Squaw, while from Sacramento it will take you about 2 hours driving to get to Squaw.

2. Where to stay when you Ski at Alpine Meadows? You can find a few expensive accommodation options next to the mountain, or you can look for cheaper options in Tahoe City or Truckee, and even cheaper in Reno.

You can look for accommodation in Reno here. You can find a good place to stay at a Reno casino resort for as low as $35 plus taxes and fees ($65 including resort fees and taxes). Usually Sands Regency and Nugget are some of the cheapest.

Sands is usually the cheapest option. I took a picture of the room in which i stayed last week at Sands in Reno so you can have an idea of how it looks like:


The casino resorts also offer good deals for food and entertainment.

You can look for more accommodation options in Reno and nearby on Booking:




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