Alpine Meadows Ski Resort Reviews


A family favorite


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.

It's the skiing, stupid


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...
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More than just a family place


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...
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great mountain


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. 

2nd Best resort in Tahoe


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...
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Great resort for the family!

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.

Grew up skiing here and I'm still going


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...
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Awesome Resort


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.

Great for skiers of all levels


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...
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Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe


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.