Facilities & Services


Facilities & Services

Alpine Meadows is primarily a day ski hill, so there aren’t extensive services, facilities and activities, but the essentials for a day of skiing and snowboarding are covered.

Alpine Meadows Ski Rentals and Snowboard Rental

The Main Lodge at the base has the Alpine Meadows ski rental and snowboard rental shop. The rental outlet has performance and standard gear as well as a large range of demo skis and snowboards. Unfortunately the prices have now increased in line with Squaw Valley type rates.

There are also oodles of Squaw Valley ski rentals, Truckee ski shops, and rental shops in Tahoe City, with the latter two providing more competitive pricing.

Alpine Meadows Ski Shop

Keep your Alpine Meadows shopping expectations very low as there’s only one ski shop, Estelle Sports, in Main Lodge. The shop stocks a variety of technical clothing, fashion items, ski and snowboard accessories, and a few sundries.

Most shopping opportunities are centred on the towns of Tahoe City as well as Truckee, where there are some good ski gear shops near the intersection with the interstate (the I80).

There are also Squaw Valley ski shops spread through the village area, but it is a high end ski resort, and as such tends to have high end prices.

Ski School

Due to the relatively small number of skiers, Alpine Meadows is a great place to utilise the ski school to learn, improve or challenge oneself. There is a massive range of programs for all ages from 3 years old and up (snowboard lessons from age 5). The Alpine Meadows Ski School also has an All-Mountain Excursion program, which is especially good for safely getting to all the resort’s tasty bits. They also run avalanche awareness programs.

Facilities for Children

Other than kids ski school, there are no facilities for children. There are no child minding facilities at Alpine Meadows, with the expectation that you’d use the child care over at Squaw Valley or Tahoe babysitting services.

There are no kids activities at Alpine. There used to be, but with the creation of Squaw Alpine, they’ve corralled all the kids’ activities to Squaw Valley.

Eating On Mountain

Main Lodge at Alpine provides a great range of quality food. Several cafes and a bar provide food and drinks at very reasonable prices. In addition to plenty of indoor seating, there’s a huge deck to soak up the Californian sunshine.

Away from the Main Lodge there is another cafe near the base of the Subway chair.

Only slightly further afield adjacent to the Hot Wheels chair is The Chalet. It’s described as ‘mid mountain’ but in reality it isn’t. This restaurant and bar has plenty of character and it serves reasonable home style food.

If it’s open, try the Ice Bar at the Backside base of the Sherwood chair for scorched flesh and micro brew beers. It is as far from the base lodge as you can get, which is always a good thing!

Other than the day time eateries, there are generally no evening restaurant options at Alpine Meadows. One novel evening dining option is the snowshoe tour that heads up to the Chalet for a special Euro dinner. This is only available some evenings.

Otherwise in the evenings, head to one of the many Squaw Valley restaurants where it’s pot luck as to the quality of the food and service. Or a plethora of restaurant options exist in Tahoe City and Truckee.

Bars & Nightlife

The base lodge at Alpine Meadows has the only après on the hill – the Alpine Bar. It does the job at the end of the day but après ski doesn’t generally become too festive because the shuttle buses back to Squaw cease just after the lifts stop turning.

There’s no nightlife at Alpine Meadows (unless you can create your own in your Alpine Meadows lodging). Head to Squaw Valley, Truckee or Tahoe City.

Banking Facilities

An ATM is located in the main base lodge at Alpine Meadows. Others are in nearby Squaw Valley and Tahoe City.