Rejuvenated Terrain Highlights Upgrades At Squaw/Alpine Meadows
Despite 6,000-plus acres of skiing and riding already at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, the giant Lake Tahoe, Calif. sister resorts have tweaked their trail maps to give visitors even more options.
It’s been four years since Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows merged, and evidence of the owners’ financial commitment shows itself this season with new glades, featured bowls and a mountain guiding service – among others.
At Squaw, thinning over the summer loosened up the forests off of the Red Dog or Far West Express chairs from the base area, producing 100 acres of new tree skiing and ‘boarding, splits into three glades: Red Dog, Heidi’s and Paris. Terrain is rated upper-intermediate to expert.
Over the ridge at Alpine Meadows, mountain managers sought to make the resort’s expansive back-side bowls more recognizable by putting up signs for both south and north bowls that spill off the Pacific Crest. The area includes S.P., Big Bend, Sun, Wolverine, Beaver and Estelle bowls.
Both resorts will employ a new mountain guiding service for intermediate and advanced snowboarders and skiers. The North Face Mountain Guides won’t provide instruction, but they will bring skiers and riders to places they rarely get to, including “secret” powder stashes, with the benefit of priority lift line access. A full day for up to four people costs $699, beginning Dec. 20.
Here’s what else is new for skiers and riders at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows:
· Google Glass App displays list of trails and lifts that are open or closed.
· Teaching Tykes 2.0 program expands to give parents of youngsters ages 3-6 private lessons in how to teach their own kids to ski or snowboard. Cost is $399.
· Snowshoers can hike under moonlight to the mid-mountain Chalet at Alpine Meadows for an alpine dinner. Price is $69 adult, $39 child.
· Sixth lesson is free for youngsters age 3-13 who take five group lessons at either resorts’ ski school – or a combination.
Photo: New glades created at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows (Facebook)