Altitude: 1890-2760 Meters

Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows in short

  • Spring skiing mecca
  • Home of many famous skiers and snowboarders
  • Renowned for its steep skiing

The linked ski resorts of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are located in the Lake Tahoe basin, a region famous for having produced many of America’s most famous professional skiers and snowboarders. The ski area is situated in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, a location which guarantees 300+ days of sunshine every year. California sunshine plus great late-season snow makes Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows the self-proclaimed spring skiing capital - you can ski, après at a mid-mountain hot tub and then wakeboard on Lake Tahoe, all in the same day! Gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe from the slopes round out the offer.

Receiving an average of more than 11 metres of snow each year, the ski area is divided into 13 smaller areas where you’ll find an abundance of skiing for every level, from open bowls with gentle blue cruisers to family-friendly beginners’ areas and approachable terrain parks. But if you’re in search of what makes Lake Tahoe tick, you have to check out their world-famous chutes, cliffs, moguls and glades that are the stomping grounds of many a professional rider. In fact, the KT-22 lift has been voted one of the best lifts in North America for its steeps! In addition to the lift-served off-piste terrain, a little hiking will get you fresh tracks and fantastic views of Lake Tahoe. For a truly unique experience, hire a mountain guide to show you the secret powder stashes or book a Dawn Patrol lift pass to enjoy fresh tracks and see the sun rise over Lake Tahoe. Although the same lift pass covers both ski resorts, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are currently only connected via free ski bus. However, there are plans for a gondola that would connect the two – if all goes well, the gondola will be ready for the 2019/20 ski season.

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Overview of slopes and lifts in Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows


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Green slopes50 km Drag lifts4Start of the season
Blue slopes85 km Chair lifts33End of the season
Red slopes0 km Gondola lifts2Glacier
Black slopes65 km Train0Min. altitude1890 m
Total200 km Capacity72200 Pers./HourMax. altitude2760 m

travelResorts in Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows ski area

Off-piste & freestyle in Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows

Snow parks 8Tables
Half pipeBoxes
Quarter pipeRails
BoardercrossOff-piste allowed
KickersOff-piste zone

Ski pass prices (low season)

Low season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows USD 395.00 USD 607.00

Ski pass prices (high season)

High season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows USD 473.00 USD 777.00

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