Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, California

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Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in California & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 1802ft/550m, total trails 100, closest airport 50mi/81km, lifts 13, & more. The ski resort is located in northern Lake Tahoe, southwest of Truckee, California. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort was the vision of John Riley whose business model was to focus more on […]

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Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in California & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 1802ft/550m, total trails 100, closest airport 50mi/81km, lifts 13, & more.

The ski resort is located in northern Lake Tahoe, southwest of Truckee, California. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort was the vision of John Riley whose business model was to focus more on the skiing and leisure side of the balance sheet rather than a race to provide profit.

John received help and investment from Peter Klaussen and several other families who successfully joined together to open what is known today as Alpine Meadows. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort opened in 1961 under the name Ward Peak Ski Area and operated three lifts.

The ski area has grown from its early days to a ski and snowboard area that features seven bowls, backside terrain, two peaks, Ward and Scott and some of the most diverse and unique terrain found in the area. Pack your camera as you head to the slopes and get ready to enjoy some spectacular scenery throughout the day.

Alpine Meadows features incredible views of the surrounding area along with a magnificent view of Lake Tahoe.

The time has finally arrived, Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort and Alpine Meadows Ski Resort are finally being linked together beginning for the 2022/2023 ski and snowboard season with a Base to Base Gondola. The Base to Base Gondola will connect the two valleys of the resorts making Palisades Tahoe the largest ski resort in the state of California. The overall travel distance of the gondola is 2.4 miles/3.84km in eight passenger cabins.

On the Slopes

  • When you come to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, you will simply be amazed at this hidden gem of a ski and snowboard facility complete with a front-side and backside terrain. This is the perfect place for families to come out and enjoy a day on the slopes as Alpine Meadows has a very even balance of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. The incredible terrain found on both Ward and Scott Peaks will make you wish that this ski area was located in your back yard.
  • An Alpine Meadows lift ticket also provides you with access to the Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort at Olympic Valley which is Alpine Meadows Ski Resort sister mountain located just 10-minutes away.
  • If you come to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort to enjoy the terrain park experience then Howard’s Hollow should provide you with a challenge, as well as, hours of fun as you enjoy the many rails, boxes, jumps and other features. Remember to know your ability before attempting any risky moves.
  • When it comes to lessons and programs, it is safe to say the team of professional instructors at both Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort have you covered. Whether you are you seeking your first ski or snowboarding experience or you are a seasoned veteran, lessons range from Adult Private and Group, Women’s Clinics, Avalanche Awareness or All-Mountain Excursions. There are also several programs available for children ages 3 to 13 that will add to their experience on the slopes.

Off the Slopes

  • Alpine Meadows Ski Resort features a day lodge to accommodate that all important food and beverage break. Sit back and enjoy a meal and then resume your day exploring the wonderful terrain on Alpine Meadows. There is a rental shop for both skiing and snowboarding if required, plus a retail shop just in case you need an item or a souvenir to remember your great day.
  • Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is primarily a day area ski and snowboard mountain with no mountainside lodging available. However, the Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort at Olympic Valley, the sister resort hosts a European-inspired village, with stone walkways that will easily guide you to the many shops and restaurants. There is also slope-side accommodation at Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort at Olympic Valley ranging from five-star hotels and condominiums.
  • The nearby town of Truckee provides a nice alternative to staying on the mountain. Truckee offers a great selection of dining options from casual to fine dining, lodging choices and shopping in unique outlets where you can find the perfect souvenir to remember your visit.
  • Alpine Meadows sister resort, Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort at Olympic Valley is family-friendly and offers many options for the entire family to enjoy a day on or off the slopes. Activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, a climbing wall and the ever popular sno-tubing and mini snowmobiling.
  • The free Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort Express Shuttle departs from each resort every half-hour throughout the day.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1802 ft / 550 m

Base Elevation:
6835 ft / 2083 m

Summit Elevation:
8637 ft / 2633 m

Skiable Area:
2400 acres

Average Snowfall:
450 in / 1143 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 100+

Beginner: 25 (25%)

Intermediate: 40 (40%)

Advanced: 35 (35%)

Expert: 0 (0%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 2

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes

Services

Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: No

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Reno NV , 50mi / 81km

Nearest Major City:
Reno NV, 46mi / 74km

Nearest Town/City:
Truckee CA, 14mi / 23km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 18 to Apr 30

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices

Webcams

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 13

Express-6 Chairs: 1

Express Quad Chairs: 2

Quad Chairs: 1

Triple Chairs: 2

Double Chairs: 5

Surface Lifts: 2

Lodging

Mountainside: No

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Reno-Tahoe Intl Airport  (RNO)
Distance: 50 mi / 81 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Sacramento Intl Aiport  (SMF)
Distance: 120 mi / 193 km
Ranking: Least Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-403-0206

Direct Phone: 1-800-403-0206

Snow Phone: 530-452-4356

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Nearby Lodging

Local Transit Service

Ski Resort Shuttle

Airport Transportation