Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

I visited Alpine Meadows Ski Resort the afternoon of March 2, 2013.

Alpine Meadows Factoids;

Alpine Meadow Trial Map

Alpine Meadows Trail Map, Click to expand

Vertical 1,802 ft (549 m)
Top elevation 8,637 ft (2,633 m)
Base elevation 6,835 ft (2,083 m)
Skiable area 2,400 acres (9.7 km2)
Runs 100 total
: 25% beginner
: 40% intermediate
: 35% advanced
Longest run 3.4 miles (5.5 km)
Lift System 13 Lifts, 3 high speed

Top of Alpine. Lake Tahoe in background.

The entire mountain was open when I was there. Snow coverage was not great due to the drought. Snow was a little soft (slushy) given the time of day and season, but wasn’t that bad.

Alpine opened in 1961 and was purchased by Squaw Valley in 2011.

I really enjoyed the place.  Lot’s of nice runs that don’t all feed into each other.  I didn’t have to focus on defensive skiing as the trails of all different skill levels didn’t merge all into each other.

I plan to return some day.

The resort made headlines in 1982 after an early spring avalanche hit its base area in the late afternoon of March 31 and killed six.  A survivor who lost her leg after being buried inside a collapsed building for 5 days, became the head of the Mammoth Mountain Host program.  My Mom and her became friends when my Mom was part of Mammoth Mount Host program in the late 80s and 90s.

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