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Alpine Meadows Ski Resort


[Lift Tickets, Equipment Rental, Adult Instruction, Adaptive Ski School, Kid's Camp, Specialty Clinics]

Alpine Meadows, unforgettable mountain experience - © Rachael WoodsA Historically Classic, Laid-Back, Unforgettable Mountain Experience for All Levels

"There is an energy at Alpine Meadows resort; a heartbeat. This mountain mesmerizes us with perfect powder which lingers days after a storm; grants moments of clarity on quiet traverses through snow covered pine trees; and converts visitors to locals with seven open bowls, gentle, top-to-bottom cruisers, and forested glades."

Studies have shown that people who connect with nature possess more inner peace. Maybe skiing or snowboarding through untracked powder on a crisp, bluebird morning allow for a little more consciousness of the present moment. Maybe while hiking to Alpine’s famed Estelle Bowl with a newfound chair lift friend reestablishes the importance of trust; or if you're snowboarding down a 50-degree pitch, all those trivial details of mundane life just don't matter anymore. Either way, it's all about priorities, and the common belief at Alpine Meadows is that connecting with the mountain is indeed a high priority.

Where did Alpine Meadows come from? Viewed from atop the peaks of the recent Olympic host, Squaw Valley, a group of San Francisco investors / avid outdoorsmen spied the beckoning valley to the south, and coveted powder turns down its wide-spanning powder bowls and evenly spaced juniper, western white, and aspen trees. Thus, Alpine Meadows opened in 1961, with the notion of offering a more relaxed atmosphere and family friendly experience than its glamorous, jet-setting neighbor.

Alpine Meadows Skiing - © Brian SlusserFor 51 years, Alpine Meadows has had a thrill and an adventure for anyone of any level. Kids ski and snowboard programs, one of the country’s greatest values, unmatched off-trail terrain, advanced terrain, and top-to-bottom groomed runs have all contributed to what both Ski & Skiing Magazines have acknowledged as one of the country’s top winter ski resorts.

Alpine’s regulars agree that adventure, camaraderie and physical challenges are not only fun and inspiring... they're necessary. For more than forty years Alpine Meadows has given the winter enthusiast the freedom to explore, the option to relax and the opportunity to make everlasting friendships that only the curious mountaineer of any ability level can appreciate.

It might border on cliché, but Alpine Meadows is an all-terrain vehicle to good times. In other words, all the mountain you could ask for, all the fun you can handle. Cruisers and glades, trails, bowls, and cornice-crowned chutes. Recent additions have made Alpine Meadows a family favorite, including a Sun Kid surface lift for Kids Camp, an interpretive nature trail, a family ski zone, teen tickets, parents' lounge, even money-saving interchangeable parents tickets. And in the age of instant gratification, we present an airborne fleet of triples and high speed quad, as well as our Summit Six Chair. Alpine Meadows - available in all shapes and sizes, all of which is why Skiing Magazine called us "A mountain with a distinctly split personality: a mild side and a wild side."

Alpine Meadows Patrol Dog - © Larry ProsorLiving up to its reputation for offering a great mountain at a great price, Alpine Meadows has been included in Skiing Magazine’s 2007 Resort Guide as one of the country’s best mountains, and Transworld Snowboarding’s 2007 Resort Guide’s Top Ten for Value – Alpine ranked number 1 for best return on your cash. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is situated in the picturesque Tahoe National Forest and offers skiers and snowboarders 2,400 acres of skiable terrain. This season, come and experience the true meaning of winter recreation. Alpine's mild side - unique kid's programs, holiday races and a family ski zone - and Alpine's wild side - Tahoe's most famous open-boundary policy, guided out-of-bounds tours and waist-deep powder through old growth forests. Grab a piece of inner peace at Alpine Meadows.

Alpine Meadows attracts skiers and riders who are passionate about their turns, or want to spend some quality time with their family. There is something for everyone, Lake Tahoe is available for you to explore!

  • Terrain: 2,400 skiable acres; 100+ trails; 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% expert
    • Superpipe; Terrain Park; Kids’ Terrain Park
  • Elevation: From 6,835' base to the top of Tahoe's Sierra Crest 8,637'
  • Vertical Drop: 1,802'
  • 13 Lifts: One high-speed detachable six-passenger chair; two high-speed express quads; three triple and five double chairs; two surface lifts (one of two surface lifts is for Kids’ Camp participants only).
  • Snowmaking: Covers a network of runs served by 13 lifts, serving beginner through expert ski runs.
  • Location: Six miles Northwest of Tahoe City, California off Highway 89. 13 miles South of Interstate 80 at Truckee, California. 45 miles West of Reno, Nevada. 200 miles Northeast of San Francisco, California.
  • Facilities and Services: ski/snowboard instruction for adults and children; short-ski (Direct To Parallel) beginner program; special interest clinics, including mogul, freestyle, snowboard, powder and telemark; private, level III instructor-guided out-of-bounds tours; Special Interest Clinics including: Early Season Warm-Up, Women’s Clinics, a Men’s Clinic, and a High Performance Clinic; ski and snowboard rental shop, repair shop; public day-use lockers; high-performance demonstrative equipment program; snowshoe rentals; basket check and overnight equipment storage; expansive day lodge with large sundeck; parent lounge; children’s indoor play area; on-mountain host program; ecological trail and optional tour; full-service restaurant, bar, cafeteria, deli and barbecue; on-mountain restaurant and snack bar; parking lot shuttle; North Shore, West Shore and access road shuttle; retail shop; equipment repair shop; Tahoe Adaptive Ski School.
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2012/2013 Season Lift Tickets

Lift Ticket Rates

Full Day


Adult (23-64) $92 $96
Young Adult (13-22) $76 $78
Child (5-12) $39 $41
Child (4 & under) Free Free
Seniors (65-75) $76 $78
Super Seniors (76+) $39 $41
Terrain Park Features at Alpine Meadows - Click to Zoom

*Holiday Dates: December 17, 2011 - January 1, 2012, January 14-16, 2012; February 18-25, 2012

  • Special group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Enjoy discounted rates on lift tickets, adult and child lessons, and the 21st ticket is free. Call: 530.452.7102 or email Greg for more information, or to create a package which is appropriate for your group..

Equipment Rentals

Please allow extra time in peak periods and bring along a credit card as a deposit. Afternoon rates begin at 12:00 noon.

    • Sport Performance Package - 1 Day $50, Half Day $40
    • Premium Demo Skis Only - 1 Day $55, Half Day $50
    • Ski Package - 1 Day $30, Half Day $25
    • Basic Package - 1 Day $50, Half Day $40
    • Board Only - 1 Day $35, Half Day $30
  • CHILD SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT (age 12 and under)
    • Basic Package - 1 Day $30, Half Day $25
    • Ski Package - 1 Day $50, Half Day $40
    • Adult - $10
    • Junior - $8

Adult Instruction

Group Lessons: Ski and Snowboard

Learn-to-ski and learn-to-snowboard packages take the guesswork out of the novice's winter experience. Guests receive instruction, all necessary equipment (does not include winter clothing), and an all-day beginner lift ticket (access to all beginner lifts and one intermediate lift). Alpine Meadows is on the cutting edge of technology and comfort for beginners, with packages that feature short, easy-turning skis. All beginner snowboard lessons feature equipment with new high-back bindings, which offer better support and are easier to turn.

  • First Timer Learn to Ski/Snowboard Packages
    • Includes your lift ticket, lesson, and equipment rental (skis/boots/poles or board/bindings/boots). The meeting area is located on the left side of the lodge, adjacent to Hot Wheels lift, under a large green sign that reads "Ski & Snowboard School."
      • All-Day Package: check in at 9:45am, class from 10:00am - 3:30pm - $159
      • Half-Day Afternoon Package: check in at 12:45pm, class from 1:00pm - 3:30pm - $119
      • Learn to Ski/Ride 3-day Progression Package: check in at 9:45am, class from 10:00am - 3:30pm - $289
        • 3 all-day lessons (good any time during the 2011/12 season)
      • Limited availability, reservation required (530) 581-8200.
  • Intermediate & Advanced Lessons
    • Packages include your lift ticket, equipment rental and lesson. Lesson-only packages also available. (Lesson only reservations do not include lift tickets or rentals.) Available for all levels if an all-mountain lift ticket is desired. Level is assessed on-snow, the day of the lesson by our professional instructors. Participants are divided into groups by ability level - ages 13+.
      • All-Day Package: check in at 9:45am, class from 10:00am - 3:30pm - $179
      • All-Day Lesson Only: check in at 9:45am, class from 10:00am - 3:30pm - $139
      • 5-Pack All-Day Lesson Only: check in at 9:45am, class from 10:00am - 3:30pm - $516
  • Adventure 55 - Lessons for Older Skiers and Boarders
    • Adventure 55 is a program designed specifically for the senior skier or snowboarder who is looking  to unlock the secrets to the latest in ski/snowboard technique and design. New skills, new friends and a new effortless and efficient way of skiing/riding await all participants. The sessions are designed and run by highly experienced instructors of the Alpine Meadows and Homewood Ski and Snowboard Schools. These instructors have top-level certifications and many years of experience in working with all types of skiers and riders.
    • Open to intermediate/advanced level skiers/riders over age 55. Meets Tuesdays below the Roundhouse chair lift.
      • Adventure 55: meet at 9:45am, class from 10:00am - 12:00pm - $69
        • Equipment rental is not included in the package.
  • Women's Wednesdays
    • These specialty sessions are offered to provide an excellent and supportive environment to take your skiing to new levels. You'll be surrounded by other women rooting for you as you are coached by our top female instructors. This 2.5 hour guided mountain adventure will have you skiing with sheer joy.
    • Call (530) 581-8200 or complete registration form here
      • Women of Winter: Meet at 9:15am, class from 9:30am - 12:00pm - $69
  • Private Ski & Snowboard Lessons
    • Private lessons at Alpine Meadows includes instruction for up to 5 people. Gather your friends or family for a half-day or a full-day customized experience where you can work on your skills, explore appropriate terrain, and leave with greater confidence and a smile on your face.
      • 1 hour Private: walk in only (based on availability) - $149
      • 2 hour Private: walk in only (based on availability) - $298
      • Half Day Private: 3 hours - $429
      • Passholder Half Day Private: 3 hours - $299
      • All-Day Private: 6.5 hours from 9:00am - 3:30pm - $599
      • All Day Private - 5 pack: 9:00am - 3:30pm - $2,695
    • For private ski and snowboard lessons call (530) 581-8200

Tahoe Adaptive Ski School

Disabled Sports USA Far West leads the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities. With over 40 years of experience, their trained staff and volunteers guide people with disabilities in discovering life without limits.  The Tahoe Adaptive Ski School, headquartered at Alpine Meadows, offers lessons and adaptive equipment rental by appointment only. Call (530) 581-4161.

Kid's Camp

Kid's Camp at Alpine Meadows - © Rachael Woods

Alpine Meadow's Kids Camp is a great place for your youngster to learn about the snow, the mountains and the excitement of skiing and riding. The newly remodeled facility will be the starting place for your child's lifelong passion for snow sports. Our instructors are trained to help your child build the fundamental skills required to become a proficient skier or rider - while having tons of fun!

Tiegel Terrain Park

The Tiegel Terrain Park at Lake Tahoe is designed for all those aspiring jibber athletes wanting to learn on small rails, fun boxes and hits, before heading to the more advanced parks. The Tiegel Park is great for getting comfortable catching a little air and slaying a fun box. Once you have Tiegel mastered, Ridge and Kangaroo will be waiting for you! Serviced by the beginner-level Tiegel Poma surface lift, the Tiegel Terrain Park is adjacent to the base lodge - a mere 30 seconds away.

Kids Ski and Snowboard Group Lessons Camp (Ages 3-13)

Alpine Meadow's Kids Camp is a great place for your youngster to learn about the snow, the mountains and the excitement of skiing and riding. Our newly remodeled facility will be the starting place for your child's lifelong passion for snow sports. Our instructors are trained to help your child build the fundamental skills required to become a proficient skier or rider - while having tons of fun! All Kids Camp programs include lift ticket, lesson, rental equipment, helmet and the flāik™ GPS system. Kid friendly lunch is included in all day programs. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated for upon arrival. Reservations are strongly encouraged. (530) 581-8200.

All Day Session

Including Rental Equipment

Not Including Rental Equipment


5 Day Advance Purchase


3 Day Advance Purchase

Kids Camp Ski only age 3-4 $179 $169 $149 $139
Kids Camp Ski/Snowboard age 5-7 $179 $169 $149 $139
Mountaineer's Ski/Snowboard age 8-13 $179 $169 $149 $139
10 Pack* All - - $1,192 $1,192

*Transferable within the same family. Purchase of a multi-day package does not guarantee a spot. Reservations Required. Multi-day packages are not available for online purchase. Please call our Snowsports School to make reservations at (530) 581-8200.

  • Full Day Lesson Times:
    • Check-In: 8:30-9:30am (Ready to go!)
    • Lesson Time: 10-3:15pm (5.25 hrs

Half Day Session

Including Rental Equipment

Not Including Rental Equipment


3 Day Advance Purchase


3 Day Advance Purchase

Morning Kids Camp First Time age 3-4 $149 $139 $119 $109
Afternoon Kids Camp First Time (ski only) age 3-4 $149 $139 $119 $109
Afternoon First Time Ski age 5-13 $149 $139 $119 $109
Afternoon First Time Snowboard age 5-13 $149 $139 $119 $109
  • Morning Half Day Session
    • Check-In: 8:30-9:30am (Ready to go!)
    • Lesson Time: 10-12:15pm (2.25 hrs)
  • Afternoon Half Day Session (First Timers Only)
    • Check-In: 1-1:25pm (Ready to go!)
    • Lesson Time: 1:30-3:45pm (2.25 hrs)





Tuesdays or Thursdays (ages 4-6 only)



Half Day Sunday 9:30am-12pm $239

  • Alpine's Legendary Locals Program
    • This program meets for eight weeks during the winter, beginning early January through mid March. Weekend program offered to 4-12 year old skiers and snowboarders. Weekday program offered to 4-6 year old skiers and snowboarders.
Parents are asked to provide proof of age (i.e. photo copy of child's birth certificate).

Please note: All ages refer to the child's age on or before December 1, 2011. Children participating in this program must be able to use the bathroom independently. This is an educational ski and snowboard program, not a daycare, and can be physically demanding. Parents must remain on premises in the event that a child becomes ill or refuses to participate. Children should be dressed appropriately for the weather conditions, including eye protection, waterproof clothing and mittens. Rates subject to change without notice.

Specialty Clinics

Multi-Day Ski & Snowboard Clinics

  • Skiing & Snowboarding for Women. By Women.
    • Alpine Meadows' all-women team of ski coaches, represents a new era of ski and snowboard coaching for women, by women; and offered throughout the winter, the Alpine Women's Camps are among the most popular in the west. Technical skill, strength, and above all, fun, are the goals of our For Women, By Women programs. This season we are offering a couple of options to consider: 3-day intensive camps, and our 1-day option offered on Wednesdays and Sundays. This program is offered for skiers and riders ages 13+ who are comfortable on intermediate runs. $669 includes Lift Ticket, $522 for Passholders. Registration: (530) 581-8200.
      • January 25-27, 2012
      • February 11-13, 2012
      • March 3-5, 2012 (Snowboarding Only)
      • March 19-21, 2012
  • Women's Day Wednesdays/Sundays
    • Looking for more periodic review and updates on your skiing and riding? Women's Day Wednesdays/Sundays is designed to provide ongoing coaching to improve your skiing ability. Get together with your group and coach every Wednesday or Sunday for three hours (9:30am-12pm) and watch your skill level and knowledge of Alpine's fantastic terrain grow. The programs begin the second week in January and go for 10 weeks with President's week off. Because your group and coach remains the same the entire winter, you'll have your own ski posse by the end of the season. Registration: (530) 581-8200. Lift tickets and equipment not included.
      • Wednesday Sessions - $69
      • Sunday Sessions - $69
      • Women's 5-pack of Wednesday/Sunday Sessions - $245
  • Steep Skiing Camp
    • Alpine Meadow's Steep Camp presents an opportunity to commit to going steep while still maintaining your safety. This camp is designed to push your skiing to the next level to be the best that you can be. Our high level coaches will provide you with the skills to choose the best line for your ability as well as how to choose terrain based on aspect and slope angle. The coaches work to build group cohesiveness, which makes the camp comfortable and enjoyable for everyone. You must be comfortable skiing on black diamond terrain to attend this camp. Call: (530) 581-8200. Open to ages 13 and above.
  • Adventure 55 - Clinics for older skiers
    • Adventure 55 is a program designed specifically for the older skier or snowboarder who is looking to unlock the secrets to the latest in ski/snowboard technique and design. New skills, new friends and a new effortless and efficient way of skiing/riding await all participants. Sessions are designed and run by highly experienced instructors. Every Thursday from 10am-noon, Alpine's experienced instructors will lead a clinic for those skiers who haven't given up on improving their skills, even as they advance in age. Call: (530) 581-8200.
      • $25 per session or 8 sessions can be reserved for $160.
  • Early Season Warm Up - December 9-10
    • This two day weekend clinic will get your legs ready and heart pumping for the upcoming season. Our expert instructors will warm up your skills and give you clear goals to work on for the rest of the season. Enjoy being one of the first skiers or riders on the hill!
      • $326 for passholders, $406 includes lift tickets
      • Registration: (530) 581-8200
  • High Performance Clinic - February 3-4
    • Searching for that higher advanced level? Try the Alpine Meadows High Performance Clinic. Designed for expert skiers and offered in weekend format. Level three instructors focus on technical mountain routes including tree skiing, steep pitches, high-speed groomers, moguls and off-piste secrets only found at Alpine. A selection of demo skis, a dose of professional video analysis and some time spent testing your race skills promotes significant growth. After a day on the mountain, guests attend seminars that focus on ski tuning, maintenance tips, and equipment design.
      Remember this camp is rigorous, and not for beginners.
      • $418 for passholders, $500 includes lift tickets
      • Registration: (530) 581-8200
  • The Masters Program
    • This program is designed for the racer who wants to get the edge on their competition, or the skier that just wants to improve their technique through gate training and skill development. The program meets Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-1pm. Call (530) 581-8200.
      • Benefits Include: Early Bird Training, Pre-Race Training, and Great Coaching!

The Masters Program

Schedule Price
1 Day Clinic Only


Full Time Program: 5 Days Wednesday - Sunday from 10-1pm $895*
Weekend Program: 3 Days Friday - Sunday from 10-1pm $695*
Add-Ons to Full Time and Weekend Programs
Early Bird Training Saturdays from 7:45-8:45am $50
NASTAR Season Pass (weekends and holidays) TBD

* If registering prior to October 31st, take $100 off full time or weekend program!


FREE SKI SHUTTLE: Leaving from most North and West Shore lodges. For convenience on weekends and holidays, park at Sunnyside Resort on the West Shore and catch the Sherwood Shuttle (lift tickets are available at the base of the Sherwood Chair). Shuttle may not be available in early and late season, please call to confirm operations.

Photos and information courtesy Alpine Meadows
Photo credits - Rachael Woods, Brian Slusser, Larry Prosser - all rights reserved

2600 Alpine Meadows Road
P.O. Box 5279, Tahoe City, California 96145
Main Number (530) 583-4232; Main Fax (530) 583-0963
Snow Report (530) 581-8374; Lodging (800) 949-3296
Disabled Sports USA (530) 581-4161
E-mail: Alpine Meadows

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