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Only 2 green trails at Alpine Meadows?

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Trying to plan 1-2 more trips up to Tahoe this season, and considering either Squaw or Alpine Meadows.  Our 5yr is skiiing fair-to-well, but still gets freaked out by even steeper sections of green, so I'm trying to ensure wherever we go has wide, relatively shallow greens/blues.

Checked the trail map for Alpine Meadows, and was amazed that it only displays 2 greens - can this be true?!?  Also checked Squaw, and most of the greens there are clustered near the bottom, don't appear to be any midmountain or so ... Sugarbowl, where we were recently, by contrast has a great distribution of green slopes around the mountain.

Are Squaw & Alpine not good "green"-friendly mountains, then?  What about Kirkwood, any thoughts there? (We'd go back to Sugarbowl, but the lodge is completely booked up there, and I want to avoid driving, really prefer staying slopeside or at worst within shuttle distance)
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Originally Posted by net arc View Post

Are Squaw & Alpine not good "green"-friendly mountains, then?  What about Kirkwood, any thoughts there? (We'd go back to Sugarbowl, but the lodge is completely booked up there, and I want to avoid driving, really prefer staying slopeside or at worst within shuttle distance)

Kirkwood has a very good beginners area - Timber Creek.  The blues in Timber Creek  are every low end blues.  Plus, you can say in the village/valley.  It is easy walking distance to the lifts and there is a shuttle bus if you don't want to walk.

The downside to Kirkwood is it is remote and can have power problems (but not midweek).   The remote is an issue because all the local unit are condo's and the restaurant options are limited.  It is 30-40 minutes one-way to a real grocery store.  (We always brought all the food we needed with us.)

All that said,  we spent a week at Kirkwood 2 years ago and had a great time.  Kids were 5 and 2 at the time.     We stayed in the "Meadows" building.  It is about half way between Chair 6 and Timber Creek.  Shuttle driver Bob was great with the kids.


Alpine Meadows on 2 Greens:  That is about right.  The tiegel terrain park is also on a green trail.  But, you have to use the poma to ski the green part only.  BTW: Weasel under Hot Wheels lift is very low end blue.   There is just one little spot it is a little too steep for it to be a green.  
post #3 of 10
 StormDay is right about K'wood--I would only add that one problem with the beginner Timber Creek area is that while it is lovely, it "separates" the beginners from the intermediates.  That in itself is usually a good thing, but if you want to ski with your son and mix it up a little, you might think about that a bit.

Other possibilities are Northstar which I hear is very family friendly (i have no experience there...! but perhaps someone else might chime in).

And don't forget Homewood--a wonderful family friendly resort that is (a) less expensive, but (b) offers a variety of terrain intermingled so you and your son don't feel shoved off to the side (which can happen).  It also has the best views of the lake, along with Heavenly.

And Homewood is now somehow related to Alpine, so you might do something like ski together in the morning, and if he is ready for a break, you can set him up with other activities and tool over to Alpine for your own mojo!
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Also checked Squaw, and most of the greens there are clustered near the bottom, don't appear to be any midmountain or so

There is a huge area of beginning terrain at the top of the tram (high camp) at squaw.  It probably has more acreage of beginner terrain up there than any other tahoe resort.  There are 4 lifts up there each slightly steeper than the other.  It looks like a great place to learn to ski.
post #5 of 10
 Say, Netarc--
If you're going to the north shore (ala Alpine or Homewood), why not drop in to Sierra Jim's place, SkiHaus, and have him help your wife fit some boots?? (I've been following your other thread...).  From his posts here on EpicSki, he seems like a reasonable and thoughtful kinda bootfitter.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestion, not a bad idea - I'll look it up, I didn't know that he was based up there.
post #7 of 10
 Sorry--you need more info: Sierra Jim is at SkiHaus in Truckee on the main drag.  I have to say, I don't know him, but from his posts on Epicski he seems like he knows what he is talking about unlike some of the others here.  He always seem to have thoughtful responses about sking, and I've seen his name bandied around as a really good bootfitter.  It's a small place, and not intimidating (your wife will probably like the laid back feel of it).  Good luck!
post #8 of 10
 where's my brain these days? Oh yeah...on the mountain!  Anyway, it's Sierra Jim at STARTHaus (not SkiHaus...) in Truckee California.
Sorry SJ
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There is a huge area of beginning terrain at the top of the tram (high camp) at squaw.  It probably has more acreage of beginner terrain up there than any other tahoe resort.  There are 4 lifts up there each slightly steeper than the other.  It looks like a great place to learn to ski.
 

I visited Tahoe a few years ago and was blown away by Squaw's High Camp area. I think if I lived in Cali and wanted to give a new skier the experience that would make them want to be a skier, that's where I'd go.
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I have a 3 and 5 yr old and ski at Donner Ski Ranch, very resonable rates for adults ($42) and only 5 $ for kids.  There are quite a few green runs and long cat tracks that the kids go all over the mountain.  They have little trails through the trees that the kids really love, especially on Pow days. 
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