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Alpine Meadows vs Northstar

post #1 of 6
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I will be in Lake Tahoe in the beginning of March and I can not still decide where to ski. I need to choose between Alpine Meadows and Northstar. Mostly I ski on blue and black diamond (more easy) trails. Please help

post #2 of 6

The search feature is your friend!

(In the future, try looking around a bit first before deciding whether a new thread is warranted.  Like on most other forums, a focused post is going to get you more and better feedback than this sort of "hail mary" thread).

 

 

To cut to the chase, Alpine is a skier's mountain, and Northstar is more of a family & service-oriented resort.

Don't forget that Squaw is right next door to Alpine, with even a greater variety of terrain due to its huge size.

 

Here's a thread from last season that discusses your North Lake Tahoe options in considerable detail.

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/89668/family-resort-in-tahoe#post_1255866


Take a good, thorough look at that thread and repost here if you have further questions.

post #3 of 6

Agree with Velo; Alpine can challenge while Northstar can pamper.  Both have their place although Alpine will give you a broader offering.  But why choose; ski both and decide for yourself.

post #4 of 6

These two areas complement each other very well and have become my favorite of the Tahoe resorts. Alpine has Squaw type terrain w/o the in your face attitude and Northstar has the Deer Valley type atmosphere along with some great hidden terrain of trees. Why limit yourself to one or the other?

post #5 of 6

Squaw has the best hill. Homewood has the best view. Sugar Bowl gets the best snow in North Tahoe. Alpine is the best value. Northstar is glitziest. You'll have fun everywhere and they are all reasonably close to one another.

 

If you are carless, Northstar has has a nice village. But renting a car might save you quite a bit as the village is quite upscale.

 

I'd ski Squaw. Nice village, huge mountain, challenging terrain and great people (if you hear "I'm better than you", its just the GNAR game - not really an attitude). Of course my opinion is prejudiced - we have had a place at Squaw for 30+ years.

 

Eric

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

These two areas complement each other very well and have become my favorite of the Tahoe resorts. Alpine has Squaw type terrain w/o the in your face attitude and Northstar has the Deer Valley type atmosphere along with some great hidden terrain of trees. Why limit yourself to one or the other?



Really Alpine has Squaw like terrain. Hmmm.. I looked for it for 15 yrs and never found it, must not have been on the right part of the mountain. Alpine is a good mountain, the spring skiing is second to none there, but it is no Squaw. 

 

Now to the original poster why would you have to choose between the two, that is just wrong. Ski both of them. 

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