Alpine Meadows was brought to light in 1961 by a group of skiers from San Francisco who realized the incredible potential at Alpine Meadows while they were skiing next door at Squaw Valley. They pooled resources with a group of families. John Reily was the named founder and Alpine Meadows was called Ward Peak and opened for the 1961- 1962 season with only three lifts.
In 2007 JMA Ventures bought Alpine Meadows from Powder Corporation and owned and operated Alpine until November 2011 when Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined together.
The base elevation is 6,835 feet, and the summit elevation is 8,637 feet. There is a1,902 foot vertical rise, 2,400 skiable acres, 13 lifts, more than 100 trails and two peaks. (Ward Creek at 8,637 feet and Scott Peak at 8,289 feet). There are seven bowls with fantastic skiing for all abilities. My favorite being Beaver Bowl and SP Bowl, both of which require a bit of hiking to get to. Alpine Bowl, Estelle Bowl, Wolverine Bowl and Sun Bowl are also where you will find some fantastic turns.
There is also a Terrain Park, Tiegel Park, which is a busy place complete with 3 small jumps, a pole jam, a flat box, trap box, Flatbar rail and other items to enhance your terrain park experience. The Terrain Park is always adding new fun so be sure to keep your eyes and ears open.
Alpine Meadows is a family mountain with terrain for everybody, with gentle sweeping slopes, and steep slopes for the more advanced skier. There are views of the lake, views of mountaintops and a whole lot of sky.
I like to take the Summit Chair and hike up the ridge to the High Traverse where there are several bowls to ski that take you to the backside of Alpine Meadows, the Sherwood Forest. There is a chair lift that after you unload, you can either ski the trails back to the lift, or choose from several ski and trail options to get you back the front side. I have skied Alpine Meadows for twenty five years and am still in love with all of the terrain they have to offer.
There are several places to eat at Alpine Meadows. The main lodge with seating both inside and outside, offers a variety of food and beverage. Mid mountain houses the Chalet, also with a variety of food and beverage and seating inside and out. And finally while on the backside in the Sherwood Forest on a sunny weekend day, check out the Ice Bar, where the menu might not be as extensive as your other choices, but well worth a visit.