www.skialpine.comAlpine Meadows Ski Resort

Humans were never meant to hibernate!

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is located in the Tahoe National Forest on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore and features incredible diverse terrain that is spread out over two mountains encompassing 2,000 acres. The average snowfall is 402 inches with a base elevation of 6,835 feet, a summit of 8,637 feet and a vertical drop of 1,802 feet. There are 13 lifts, and100 trails (25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% expert) of incredible vistas that will keep your heart pounding and adrenaline pumping. Alpine Meadows is open mid- November through May for all types of skiers, snowboarders, and winter hikers. The entire Tahoe basin is off to a great snow start this year!

We love this ski area, which offers up a wide range of winter activities for boomer families. Having lived many years in this area, we’ve experienced the freestyle terrain’s exhilarating and untracked world for experienced skiers and snowboarders. Be sure to make a plan, look before you leap, know your limits, and respect the terrain and others! The Master’s Race Course will find you skiing gates under the watchful eye of racers/coaches and the Alpine High Adventure Tours are guided by a Level III instructor to runs in remote areas and are for the advanced skiers and boarders. The Family Ski Zone allows for skiing and boarding at a relaxed, leisurely pace with family and friends while the Kid’s Camp features the Little Mountaineers Kids Camp for ages 4-6 and the Junior Mountaineers Kids Camp for ages 7-12. The Parents’ Lounge is a great alternative with indoor jungle gyms and play themes.

Ski instruction is available and offers group and private classes for adults, classes for women by women, and a variety of programs for children including those with disabilities. Snowboard terrain parks include natural halfpipes and quarterpipes, creek gullies, and feature hits, jumps, spines, banks, and table tops with a park for kids and one for adults. Snowshoeing is available with marked trails starting near the lodge and winding through old-growth forests around the base of the mountain. Backcountry hikers have access to thousands of acres through Alpine’s open boundary policy. Enjoy dining at the base lodge, on the mountain at The Chalet, or in the back bowls at the Ice Bar. Customized lodging ski packages are available at various locations with North Tahoe locations only 5-15 minutes away.

Don’t even think of hunkering down this winter. For an after holiday fitness tune-up, we recommend that families searching for a winter time adventure zone check out this fabulous site which offers up both a mild and a wild side.

Just in,…report from some holiday week skiers, “The fresh powder is awesome! Alpine Meadows is known as a locals mountain. The best thing about Alpine Meadows is the access to untracked powder late in the day, if you are willing to hike. The turns are always worth the price of admission. We were doing just that when these pictures were taken.” R. Jones