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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range


Resort at Squaw Creek

400 Squaw Creek Rd, Squaw Valley, CA 96146

(530) 583.6300

(800) 327.3353


Packages include: Accommodations in a Forest View Deluxe Guestroom. Breakfast in Six Peaks Grille for two adults (per night). Two adult lift tickets to Alpine Meadows (per night). Complimentary shuttle to and from Alpine Meadows. 6 Ski packages start at $193 per person; double occupancy required.


725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145



Rooms and Amenities 2-14 Ski packages start at $114 per night

Circus Circus

500 North Sierra Street Reno, Nevada 89503





Room Amenities
4 Ski Packages Starting at $65 per person per night double occupancy

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort

111 Country Club Drive
Incline Village-Crystal Bay, NV 89451-3239
(775) 832-1234

Rooms and Amenities 5 Ski and Stay Packages start at $279

Best Western Truckee Tahoe Lodge

11331 Brockway Road
Truckee, CA 96161



Packages include room, breakfast and one adult lift ticket per person



Hotel Amenities

4 $169 single to $339 quad


In Tahoe City:


Christy Hill Restaurant

115 Grove St
Tahoe City, CA 96145

530) 583-8551
The cuisine is "Seasonal California" with French influenced sauces. Diners enjoy a chance to explore fine wines from around the world with an extensive list that has received a Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" since 1982.

640 North Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145

(530) 583-5700
Menu and wine selection changes frequently to reflect the availability of fresh ingredients and newly released vintages. Mixture of Eastern and Western influences.
In Truckee:
10060 Donner Pass Road
Downtown Truckee across from the train station
Truckee, California 96161
Squeeze In is a decades-long favorite with Truckee and Tahoe visitors and locals alike, and is consistently voted Best Breakfast in Truckee year after year.

10825 Pioneer Trl
Ste 103
Truckee, CA 96161

(530) 550-9516


The sandwiches start with fresh bread baked in-house daily, with choices such as jalapeno cheese, bleu cheese, and parmesan oregano in addition to traditional styles. Add meats from the Carson City Sausage Factory and locally-sourced (when possible) vegetables and cheeses, and you’ve got a sandwich that almost looks too good to eat.





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Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

Note: Alpine Meadows was recently acquired by a joint venture between KSL, the owners of next-door-neighbor Squaw Valley, and JMA, the owners of Alpine (and Homewood). It remains to be seen what changes / integration we'll see for the 11-12 season. But as of this writing, the two areas are not connected in a way that would allow you to ski from one to the other without skinning/hiking. This page will be updated as things change. Mild and wild. That's Alpine Meadows in a nutshell. With unique kid's programs, holiday races and a family ski zone, the mild mannered among us have plenty of options at Alpine Meadows, while Tahoe's most famous open-boundary policy, guided out-of-bounds tours and waist-deep powder through old growth forests are as wild as it gets. Alpine Meadows features 13 lifts (including one high-speed sixpack and two high-speed quads) so most of the resort's 2400 skiable acres are easily reached, although a little hiking is required to reach some of the hard-core terrain. But with over 400" of annual snowfall, powder hounds have plenty of incentive to get to those hard-to-reach areas. As Alpine Meadows is just six miles outside of Tahoe City, lodging options are plentiful and the nightlife is non-stop. As many visitors have said, a trip to Lake Tahoe encompasses more than just great skiing and riding. A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS: Families: Alpine has one base lodge. This is great for families because you know where your kids will end up at the end of the day or lunchtime. The bottom floor of the lodge houses the rental and demo shops, ski repair and retail ticket windows. It is also the home to Kids' Camp - Alpine's fantastic program for kids ages 3-6. The rental office can take care of signing up for ski school, rentals and tickets all in one place if you ask. If you're not sure about ski school, the ski school desk is on the 2nd (middle) level of the lodge. Also on that middle level are day lockers, Special Tickets office (season passes, military and other special tickets), First Aid, Ski School desk, bathrooms and one of Alpine's best kept secrets: the Family Zone. More on that in a minute. The top floor has the cafeteria and two bars. Also, in the breezeway that bisects the lower level you'll find Treats - home of good breakfast and lunch offerings, plus the most amazing home-baked goodies you'll find anywhere - try the cookie pie. Both Treats and the coffee bar on the upper level offer very good coffee. Family Zone in the lodge: Alpine Meadows welcomes families in a host of ways. One of the best is the Family Zone on the middle level of the lodge. Located near special tickets, there are couches, large tables, a play structure and even a small climbing wall for kids. There's a special kid/parent friendly bathroom with a changing table, plus a TV. Families with small children will find this area invaluable. You'll be hanging out with other like-minded parents (who will usually agree to keep an eye on junior for a moment if you need to use the rest room). There is no formal babysitting program at Alpine, but if you bring your sitter/nanny, this is the perfect place for them to hang out with the kids. Picnic lunches are allowed in the family zone so you don't have to be stealthy about the snacks you brought. Combined with Kids' Camp for 3-6 year-olds, plus Junior Mountaineers for 7-12 year-olds, the family zone makes Alpine one of the most family friendly mountains in Tahoe. You can even spy on the Kids Campers on the magic carpet just outside the window. Food: For the past few years the cafeteria has been offering a great kids meal option. Your choice of hot dog, chicken fingers or mac n cheese, plus a cookie, bag of mini carrots and apple slices and a Ski Patrol Dog trading card - all for around $6. Add a drink and you're set. There's also pizza, a salad bar and a burrito bar in the cafeteria. If you'd like a slightly more upscale offering, try the fare in the Last Chair bar. The house-made potato chips and the turkey panini are highlights in there. If all you need is a drink, try the bar at the other side of the lodge - it is sometimes less crowded. Ski Check: staying for a few days? Alpine offers a free ski check during the day and overnight check is either free or very cheap. Ski check is just outside the lodge to your left as you head for the lifts. On Mountain food: There are essentially two options here. One is the Chalet at the base of the Scott Chair and Yellow Chairs. This is a great little restaurant that serves hot drinks, soups, sandwiches, delicious breakfast pastries and other snacks. There are also bathrooms and free water at the Chalet. Hydrate! On the backside - Sherwood - you'll find Alpine's famous Ice Bar. This is undergoing reconstruction as of Fall 2011 so we'll have to see what's there this winter. But the Ice Bar is a great place to grab a drink and hang out in the sunshine. Springtime brings music and bands to the Ice Bar on occasion, and the "beach" can be a fun hangout. The Skiing: Green-Blue-Black-Double Black. Keep in mind that the rating scale for ski run difficulty is a sliding scale and is relative to the easiest and hardest things on that individual mountain. There is no run at Northstar, Homewood, Diamond Peak, etc. that comes close to Alpine's most challenging runs. And if you're visiting from the midwest, you can be sure that Alpine offers a much higher level of challenge on it's Black Diamond runs that what you're used to at home. That said, most of Alpine's terrain -- even the most challenging -- can be attacked on different lines that vary in difficulty. Beginners: The Subway and Meadow chairs are Alpine's primary beginner zone. There is also a Sun Kid magic carpet located between these two lifts for first-timers. When you graduate from Meadow, you'll most likely be heading up the Hot Wheels chair. Don't let the run down from Hot Wheels (called Weasel run) intimidate you. And if it does, go sign up for a lesson. Once you've mastered the runs under Hot Wheels, dramatically more terrain becomes available to you. The Roundhouse chair serves the lower 1/2-2/3 of the mountain and a wide range of Intermediate and Advanced terrain. Beginners beware: There is no easy way down from the Summit of Alpine Meadows. Don't ride the Summit six-pack chair if you aren't a decent intermediate or advanced intermediate rider. Intermediate and Advanced skiers: The options at Alpine abound for you. Want to enjoy some wide sunny runs, head to the backside and ski Sherwood Run. You get to Sherwood via Ray's Rut which is at the bottom of Lakeview. You can ski there from the top of Hot Wheels, but most people opt to take Scott Chair and traverse over on either Winter Road or Summer Road (they're parallel, winter on top, summer on the bottom). Look for the signs to Sherwood when you get near the bottom of the Lakeview chair. Speaking of Lakeview, Outer Limits and Mountain Run offer wide groomed (albeit a bit steep) options. Plus, one of the best views / Kodak moments is right at the top of the Lakeview Chair. Take a moment to soak in the beauty of Lake Tahoe while you're up there. Scott Chair offers the intermediate/advanced skier great views of the expert Scott Chute on the ascent, then lovely Scott Ridge or Bobby's Run on the descent. The entrance to "Skateboard Alley" is near the bottom of Scott Ridge where it rejoins East Creek / Weasel run. Skateboard Alley is a natural, gladed half pipe that is popular with kids. It will dump you out near the Chalet. Other great intermediate terrain on the front side includes the Alpine Bowl, Sun Spot, Yellow Trail, Charity, Dance Floor, Ladies Slalom and Banana Chute. Expert Skiers: You're going to love Alpine Meadows. Alpine's steepest run is called Keyhole. Expect a sustained 40+ degree descent with some rocks and other obstacles thrown in for good measure. To get to Keyhole, you'll need to make a short traverse and hike. Obey the open/closed signs when doing this. You can either hike up the ridge from the summit chair toward the antennas atop Ward Peak, then traverse east to the Upper Saddle, or traverse past the top of the Alpine Bowl Chair (the one with the little house at the top) and then up the traverse track. If there are no tracks headed up there, it probably isn't open yet. Snowboarders wanting to access this terrain (also sometimes called High Traverse) will want to either take the track up to the antennas from the Summit Chair, or wait until a few skiers have side-stepped up - otherwise you'll be post-holing the entire way. From the Upper Saddle area and the top of Keyhole (not one and the same, but close to one another), you can ski the steep terrain back down the front side - Palisades, Keyhole and Lower Saddle, or turn south and ski down the back side of Alpine toward the Sherwood lift. Keep in mind that the back side gets lots more sun and depending on temperature, wind and snow, conditions are likely to be very different than on the front side. Boundary Policy: Alpine Meadows is well known in Tahoe for it's open boundary policy. Don't let that 2400 skiable acres number fool you. That's the inbounds terrain. Alpine offers a great deal of inbounds terrain that is accessible with a short hike, plus a host of beyond-boundary options as well. But just because there's an open boundary policy does not mean anyone who can spell randonee should be heading OB. First of all, read the policy - you can pick up a copy at the base of most lifts. If an area is roped off and/or marked "closed" by ski patrol, that means it is closed. This may seem obvious, but closed does not mean open. If marked closed, it is closed for a reason and you should respect that. Alpine has a fantastic ski patrol that is just as anxious as you are to get things open and go enjoy the awesome off-piste options. But they also know all too well that things can go wrong and they'll take the necessary precautions to keep you out of trouble. Also, ski patrol neither patrols, nor guarantees they'll be able to rescue you should you go out of bounds. In practice, they'll make every effort to help you should you get into trouble (and are able to let them know about it), but rescues inbounds will always take priority. And you should not be going out of bounds unless you have a beacon, shovel and probe and the skills to use them. Alpine's ski school offers guided side-country options if you're unsure or just want a knowledgeable person along. Some more side/backcountry tips: Do not ski down the back side of Alpine into the Granite Chief Wilderness. This would be the terrain to your right if you're hiking the High Traverse back over to Sherwood, or to your left if you're hiking the ridge / PCT above Wolverine Bowl, Beaver Bowl and Estelle Bowl. People have been lost for days and some have even died back there. It can look really tempting to ski down it. But if you do, you're in for a very long hike back up (or up to a 5 day walk out if you decide it would be smart to follow the drainage out). Some of the most popular sidecountry terrain is off Lakeview down a spot called "Outer Outer" (skier's left of Outer Limits and outside the ski area boundary). If you don't cut right before the base of Lakeview, skiing this area, which has unmarked cliffs and drainages, will eventually put you on the road that leads up to Sherwood. Be respectful of the people whose yards you are skiing through, and be careful on the road. Similarly, another sidecountry option, mostly accessed via either Scott Chair or Lakeview chair are the areas of Condo Run, Subdivision Bowl, Munchkins and Field of Dreams. Like other sidecountry options, Alpine does not generally do any avalanche control in these areas except to protect structures and roads below, and slides are not uncommon. There are many unmarked cliffs and some chutes have 'mandatory air' drops in them. If you don't know where you're going, don't go. And again, be respectful of homeowners when you end up in their driveway. Most of these options will drop you off somewhere on the residential roads that run up the east side of the valley that leads up to Alpine. You'll have to ski or walk out the road until you get to the access road and then hitchhike or walk back up to the main parking lot. Do not ski Munchkins or Field of Dreams unless going with someone who knows the area and all of you have your avy safety gear -- and know how to use it. Avalanche Information & History On March 31, 1982, Alpine Meadows experienced one of the most deadly avalanches in Ski Resort history. Since then, Alpine has developed one of the most advanced Avalanche Control programs in the world. (editing in progress...stay tuned for more) http://vimeo.com/3479357

Snow making percent20 %
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double5
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person1 HS
Lifts-Total number of lifts13
Lifts-Total lift capacity16,000/hr
Trails-5-Terrain parkMultiple
Trails-6-Half pipeNone
Runs-Steepest runKeyhole
General-Base elevation6835 ft / 2083 m
General-Vertical drop1802 ft / 549m
General-Back country accessYes, unless marked closed
General-Total area in bounds2400 acres
General-Snow making coverageruns on 11 of 13 lifts
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Cons: Need more options for food

Generally has the best snow of the major resorts at North Tahoe,  best ski conditions for intermediate-advance skiers with the most extensive set of groomed runs containing natural and man-made snow. While other resorts after light snow may have sheets of ice under the light snow, the grooming at Alpine keeps this to a minimum.  For advance-expert skiers, there are enough challenging runs.  Services are superb with friendly staff and the main lodge is organized for families and large groups in mind.  You don’t feel like a second class citizen if you bring your own food and drinks.  Lastly, ski school is outstanding.


Pros: great skiing, family friendly, down-to-earth-friendly

Cons: no nightlife, no 7-11

It's all about the skiing. When I hear folks complain about the lack of retail, nightlife, upscale food and floofy fashion shows I cringe and wonder why they even came. Alpine is not -- and doesn't pretend to be -- anything but a great mountain to ski.


Alpine is purely about the skiing. Long after Squaw has been scraped of any powder, Alpine hides stashes all over for you for days to come. It's a quick in-and-out, parking is simple and close. Food is basic and scrumptous if you've been skiing hard. No Starbucks. No cologne. No makeup. No pretentiousness. Two bars. Kids running around everywhere. Kids that generally ski better than most of their parents. It's a big family of skiers first and a make-friends-fast in the bar second.


I'm not saying the Vail/Heavenly/Park City experience is wrong. Those are great mountains for people who are looking for more than just skiing. If you want nightlife, shopping, upscale food, and elegant lodging look elsewhere. If you're looking to ski...and ski...and ski, Alpine's a great choice.




Pros: As affordable as it gets these days for a Tahoe resort, plenty of places to explore, steep terrain can be a blast, lift lines OK for steeper stuff

Cons: Still expensive, some really great lifts not open during the week, development erasing the "real" skiing vibe

I started skiing Alpine Meadows years ago, and it's my favorite Tahoe property.  There are some tree spots that hold decent snow remarkably well, and when the conditions are good some of the steeper terrain is a genuine, "giggle all the way down" blast. There's plenty to explore if you're into it, and enough to challenge both experts and beginners.  So far the reviews have been singing AM's praises as a family resort, and that's true.  But don't let that fool you into thinking there isn't some really fun advanced/expert terrain there.  There is, and it's a blast.


Anything in Tahoe is going to be expensive, and AM is no exception.  But if you're going to drop the bux do it where you won't be standing in line ALL day long.  And try not to do it when I'm up there, 'k?  ;)


Pros: great for intermediates/adv.intermediates!

I've skiied about 5x a year since I was 9, so I'd consider myself an advanced-intermediate skiier.  This mountain is perfect for those of us who love hitting the slopes but don't necessarily have the luxury all season.  It's got so many good intermediate/adv.intermediate runs.  It is perfect for a family ski trip where you've got a range of abilities -- but here you can still usually ski together.  Plus, super convenient and close for Northern California Bay Area residents.



Pros: Variety of terrain and view

Cons: Nothing super steep, main lift gets a little crowded on weekend

Alpine Meadows is the 2nd best resort in the Tahoe area after Squaw, in my opinion.  It has a nice variety of terrain, including the back bowls for advanced skiing and the Lakeview chair area for intermediate runs with great views of lake Tahoe as you ski down.  There are some steep chutes and gulleys scattered across the mountain to keep experts interested.  The main six-person detachable chair shovels skiers along quite rapidly but can get busy on weekends.  The front side has a nice variety of intermediate and advanced terrain.  One of my favorite runs is the Promised Land if you can figure out how to get to it; hang a left at the top of the Scott Chair and follow the track or other skier through the trees which will eventually open out into some nice runs.


Alpine Meadows is one of my top choices when skiing with the family.  It has a good range of terrain for all skill levels, a friendly ski school for the kids, with reasonable prices.  The food options are lacking but you can always bring your own and have a parking lot picnic.


Pros: No long lift lines, relatively varied terrain, family friendly

Cons: Not many food options

I'm not exactly an expert skiier, but I've been skiing at Alpine Meadows since I was 4 years old.  It's definitely the first place I ever remember skiing (and when I say skiing, I mean standing on skis in between my dad's skis and holding on to his poll which was acting as the "seat belt" of sorts).

The terrain is reasonably varied so everyone in my family has something they like to ski.  I can stick to the intermediate runs like Weasel and Yellow Chair.  My brother and sister who are the real skiers can hit the double blacks. 

It's convenient to access for the Bay Area, snow is usually pretty good, and the lift lines are never very long.  The food options are great as you pretty much only have the main lodge and the Chalet.  But a bowl of chili at the Chalet isn't bad or if you're in the mood for a beer, they have a decent selection on tap in the main lodge.

All in all, if you're looking for a place to take the family in Tahoe, this is a good spot.


Pros: Close-by, Awesome terrain, Cheap passes

Cons: Not a very wide range of food options, getting to the backside is a bit of a challenge.

Awesome resort with good terrain especially on a pow day. Very Family friendly and and awesome deal on the teen pass.


Pros: Family friendly, tree skiing, friendly instructors, great intermediate runs, reasonably priced lift tickets

Cons: Not huge terrain park

I've been skiing Alpine since I was a little squish (meaning since I was four or so).  I learned on those bunny slopes!  At this point, I would call myself a rusty intermediate (it's been a few years since I've gotten to hit the mountain on a very consistent basis).  Alpine is still by far my favorite resort though and really the one I feel most comfortable at.  The runs are fun, and even though the terrain park isn't huge, there always seems to be a number of ways to go down a run to get something a little different. 


The facilities are fine...nothing to absolutely rave about but they're fine (it's always nice to stop at the Chalet for hot chocolate in the middle of the day).  There aren't a ton of food options, but the fare they do have is pretty standard so it's relatively easy to find something you don't mind eating.


All in all, Alpine has some really solid skiing and will always have a place in my heart.


Pros: For sure top 3 resort in Tahoe

Cons: Apres-ski definitely lacking, smaller resort so unless you go off the standard runs you might feel like you’ve skied the whole mountain by noon

Great resort with some of the cheapest lift tickets in the area.  Some great tree skiing for those interested and always have some good stashes of snow assuming conditions are average.  Great ski school and very family friendly.