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I have the Mountain Collective Pass and I'm planning a trip to Mammoth and Squaw, two days at each. Here's the question: Should I do two days at Squaw, or 1 at Squaw and 1 at Alpine Meadows?

 

Background: I've not been to either place. I both ski and snowboard, but expect to only be snowboarding on this trip. I will probably be there on non-holiday weekdays, and there is a very good chance I will be on my own. And I usually go from first chair to last chair without stopping for lunch. All of these things put together means getting a LOT of runs in each day. I'm guessing most people would say it's crazy to think anyone could be bored in two days at Squaw, but there would be a lot of repetition involved.

 

My level: There are tons of people better than me (especially at Squaw, I'm led to believe), but I can handle pretty much anything I have encountered in-bounds (examples: Mott Canyon at Heavenly, E-chair at Breck, Jupiter Lift at Park City). I'm looking for anything double-blue or higher; bumps are fun, trees are fine.

 

Also, I believe you can take a bus between the two resorts. How much time would be lost if one were to transfer between them mid-day?

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I have the Mountain Collective Pass and I'm planning a trip to Mammoth and Squaw, two days at each. Here's the question: Should I do two days at Squaw, or 1 at Squaw and 1 at Alpine Meadows?

 

Background: I've not been to either place. I both ski and snowboard, but expect to only be snowboarding on this trip. I will probably be there on non-holiday weekdays, and there is a very good chance I will be on my own. And I usually go from first chair to last chair without stopping for lunch. All of these things put together means getting a LOT of runs in each day. I'm guessing most people would say it's crazy to think anyone could be bored in two days at Squaw, but there would be a lot of repetition involved.

 

My level: There are tons of people better than me (especially at Squaw, I'm led to believe), but I can handle pretty much anything I have encountered in-bounds (examples: Mott Canyon at Heavenly, E-chair at Breck, Jupiter Lift at Park City). I'm looking for anything double-blue or higher; bumps are fun, trees are fine.

 

Also, I believe you can take a bus between the two resorts. How much time would be lost if one were to transfer between them mid-day?

You said mid-week non-holiday, but what month?  Where do you normally ski?

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You said mid-week non-holiday, but what month?

 

It's not certain yet. Probably between mid-January and late-February. I am going to try to time it with some fresh snow, and I won't go until 100% (or nearly 100%) of the terrain is open.

 

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Where do you normally ski?

All over, Western these days. Mostly the big CO, UT, and Tahoe resorts.

post #4 of 7

I skied one day at each mtn on consecutive days a couple years ago.  You'll only get a partial taste, they are both huge.  If you stick to lifts Squaw skis bigger, but there is a huge amount of hike-to or long-traverse-to terrain that can make AM enormous as well.  They have quite a different feel from each other and I'm glad I took a peek at both.  Here are some photos:   http://www.epicski.com/a/squaw-valley-alpine-meadows-a-pictorial

post #5 of 7

don't transfer, do 1 day at each.  If you're there just to get a taste, might as well try everything.

 

Alpine is not a feeder mountain and stood by itself as a premier resort for a long time.

post #6 of 7

Assuming the winter shapes up the way it is looking at the moment then you won't be bored at either - heck even Silverado might be open at Squaw. 

 A couple of things to bear in mind - if you get a real storm day Squaw may be closed anywhere above KT22 and consequently gets very crowded even midweek.  If Alpine has Summit open then it's usually OK.  So weather might impact your plans anyway.  But as above I'd shoot for 1 of each.  The bus over doesn't take long if you time it right if you wanted to do a 2nd morning at Squaw and still hit Alpine but that might limit you as far as exploring the options over the back at Alpine and from Scott chair.

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I have the Mountain Collective Pass and I'm planning a trip to Mammoth and Squaw, two days at each. Here's the question: Should I do two days at Squaw, or 1 at Squaw and 1 at Alpine Meadows?

 

Background: I've not been to either place. I both ski and snowboard, but expect to only be snowboarding on this trip. I will probably be there on non-holiday weekdays, and there is a very good chance I will be on my own. And I usually go from first chair to last chair without stopping for lunch. All of these things put together means getting a LOT of runs in each day. I'm guessing most people would say it's crazy to think anyone could be bored in two days at Squaw, but there would be a lot of repetition involved.

 

My level: There are tons of people better than me (especially at Squaw, I'm led to believe), but I can handle pretty much anything I have encountered in-bounds (examples: Mott Canyon at Heavenly, E-chair at Breck, Jupiter Lift at Park City). I'm looking for anything double-blue or higher; bumps are fun, trees are fine.

 

Also, I believe you can take a bus between the two resorts. How much time would be lost if one were to transfer between them mid-day?

 

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Originally Posted by 50kVert View Post
 
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

You said mid-week non-holiday, but what month?

 

It's not certain yet. Probably between mid-January and late-February. I am going to try to time it with some fresh snow, and I won't go until 100% (or nearly 100%) of the terrain is open.

 

Originally Posted by marznc View Post

 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Where do you normally ski?

All over, Western these days. Mostly the big CO, UT, and Tahoe resorts.


Been thinking back to a ski week in 2010 that included my first time at Alpine and Squaw.  (Not my first time in Tahoe.)  Got two days at Alpine and one at Squaw, but that included a high level multi-day clinic by NATSC with a morning lesson at Alpine and Squaw.  The Squaw day there was a powder storm that dropped 20 inches on top of the 10 inches from the day before when we were at Alpine.

 

I think planning to do a day at each makes the most sense in terms of maximizing the value of the MCP for a first time visit.  Then you'll have a better idea about both places for a future trip.  But as others said, weather and what lifts are open/closed should play into the decision.  I don't think it's worth taking the time to change location midday.  That feels like starting at Snowbird and moving over to Solitude in the afternoon to do Honeycomb Canyon just to avoid the tram line.

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