Overall Rating

Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows3/53
Alpine Meadows3 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
  • Recommend
    67%
  • Would Revisit
    67%

Alpine Meadows - Reviews

Alpine Meadows - Reviews

Nice alternative to Squaw

Bryan26/10/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70

Nice alternative to Squaw

Bryan26/10/2016
Alpine only has about 1600' of lift served vertical, but probably has more quality terrain packed into that vertical than any other ski area in the US. I think their grooming is better than Squaw's, which is owned by the same company and on the same lift ticket. They should provide an Alpine only ticket, as the day tickets are very expensive for what you get.

For advanced skiers, you will like Alpine if you are adventurous and don't mind a little hiking and traversing. If not, go to Squaw. For those willing to put in the effort, Alpine has lots of good steeps that aren't overly moguled-Beaver Bowl, High Yellow, South Bowls, Promised land, etc.

The lift system is a little strange, with an unnecessary hike to get from the lodge to the lifts, because they located the bottom terminals too high up the hill. Getting to Sherwood Chair is a pain and getting back to Summit Chair from Hot Wheels requires knowing about a "secret traverse" because they located the lift terminal in the wrong place. The Alpine Chair's top terminal is a little too low on the ridge, necessitating a hike to get over to the south bowls. At the bottom of Summit/Roundhouse chairs, there is a bad bottleneck, and there are some miserable flats in places when the snow is sticky. If you ski all the way to the bottom of Gentian Gully/Lower 40, you will have to take a beginner lift, plus two more chairs to get back for another run.

So, I would say Alpine is best for groomers or adventurous off piste skiers that like to hike and explore.

Some nice expert terrain

POWDERHOUNDS.COM24/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Some nice expert terrain

POWDERHOUNDS.COM24/06/2015
Unlike like the Powderhounds’ last visit during a major snow storm, there were definitely no powder days this trip and it was a low snow season. The mountain has a completely different personality when it’s not caked in bucket loads of snow.

Firstly there were no major crowds. There were people about, but definitely no lift queues and the slopes were not highly trafficked. The locals were super friendly (there was no desperation to get to the lines of powder because there weren’t any).

The terrain felt rather different; steeper and with a lot more rock features and a few little gullies to provide additional challenge. What remained was the degree of traversing and the painfully frequent returns to the base. At least the mellow spots weren’t such a problem without powder.

See our overview of Alpine Meadows for more of our thoughts on the pros and cons of Alpine Meadows, and also see the USA ski resorts ratings to see how Alpine compares to other USA resorts.

Luv Big Dumps? Sharpen Your Elbows!

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/07/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Luv Big Dumps? Sharpen Your Elbows!

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/07/2010
Alpine Meadows is a simplistic ski area that is popular with expert skiers and riders. It makes a great partner to the nearby Homewood, where the terrain of each complements the other.

Big dumps can arrive at Alpine Meadows but unfortunately the competition is fierce to get to the freshies. This is not a hidden gem!

For more detailed ratings of Alpine Meadows and to see how it compares to other ski resorts around the world, see our powderhounds resort ratings.