Ski Area Guide Part 3 – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Lake Tahoe (California, USA)

Oneskee Brand Ambassadors Joel & Portia are currently on a crazy winter roadtrip around 35+ ski resorts in Canada and the US! Along the way they are giving us the inside scoop & tips for us to share with you…so far they’ve given us the inside scoop on Mt Baker & Stevens Pass in Washington, but now its time to head over to California.

Over to the guys…

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is the largest ski area in the Tahoe region with over 6000 acres of terrain and is actually 2 separate areas, however they run an express bus service and there’s plans to one day connect the 2 by gondola!

Squaw Valley was our pick for the first day and what a great decision! We managed to find some decent powder, with our favourite runs being ‘Siberia Bowl’ and the backside of ‘Emigrant’, which was an epic playground of chutes and drops with tree runs either side! If you’re a powder hound you’re also going to want to check out the KT22 area which is 95% black runs.

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After a big morning back on the slopes and a long drive the night before we were in desperate need of a coffee, so naturally we headed straight to the worlds first ski in ski out Starbucks! Such a great idea! Come lunchtime you have plenty of options with a few different lodges with cafeteria style lunches or ski back to base for a pizza at ‘Fireside’ or a good ole pub meal at the ‘Dubliner’ Irish pub.

Once you’ve called it a day, head to the KT base bar for a few cold beers to start off with then kick on at the famous Le Chamois après bar. The next day we we hit Alpine Meadows which is just around the corner. Unfortunately only the mid mountain was open due to high winds. Alpine had some great terrain from what we seen and is definitely a fun little area.

The village and lodge is a lot smaller and gives it the small resort feel which is nice. Meadows cafe has excellent cheap coffee and the Alpine bar wasn’t too bad either.

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Mountain Stats:

  • Elevation – 9050ft (2758m)
  • Vertical drop – 2850ft (870m)
  • Skiable area – 4000 acres (16.3km2)
  • Avg. snowfall – 450” (11.4m)
  • Lifts – 30 chairs
  • Terrain Park – 3
  • Runs – 177
  • 15% beginner
  • 35% intermediate
  • 50% expert

Access & Accommodation:

Access is super easy to both bases, around 15 minutes from Truckee and 10 from Tahoe City. There is lodging at both resorts or if you’re after something cheaper of by the lake then hit up Tahoe City or Truckee.

Prices & Dates:

The ski season typically starts around the end of November and runs til mid April with lifts spinning from 9am-4pm daily. Daily lift tickets are a whopping $159 US for adults & $129 for children. It is also one of the Mountain Collective resorts.

Pro’s & Cons:

Pro’s

  • Awesome village at Squaw
  • Good Après
  • Terrain for every level
  • Fast modern lifts
  • Ski in ski out Starbucks
  • Stunning vistas

Con’s

  • A wee bit flat in sections
  • Felt the lifts didn’t link up well in some places

All in all Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is a pretty sweet resort, a must ski if heading to the Tahoe area. Happy Shredding, we’re off to check out Boreal!

Joel & Portia – @oznpom_ontour

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