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Tahoe winter sports news and reviews

Petaluma native Bill Foster honored

Bill Foster, a Petaluma native who found his calling as a member of the Alpine Meadows ski patrol, died tragically last December in an avalanche. Bill was one of the founding members and the head trainer of Alpine’s avalanche dog rescue program. In honor of Bill’s service and extensive work with the avalanche rescue dogs, the adoption room at the The Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee’s future shelter facility will be named The Bill Foster Alpine Meadows Adoption Room. Alpine… Read More »

Alpine Meadows opens

Alpine Meadows celebrates the start of the 2012/13 season with party sunny skies and 4 lifts in operation. Summit Six, Roundhouse, Meadow and Alpine Bowl are open with packed powder and groomed runs. What’s new this year: Mile-long Terrain Park Thanks to a recent partnership with Snow Park Technologies, Alpine will open Tahoe’s longest terrain park. The park improvements include a beginner progression park off Subway where lessons will be available. Burton Adult Learn to Ride Center Burton’s LTR program… Read More »

Will you pay $92 to ski Alpine?

Alpine Meadows has always been one of my favorite resorts in Tahoe. For me, it has just the right mix of terrain, amenities, fast lifts, close parking, easy access and customer service. It also had affordable lift ticket prices – until now. I wondered when I heard the news that Alpine would combine operations under common ownership with Squaw Valley how it would affect the lift prices. It’s now official – Alpine joins Squaw and Northstar as the priciest lift… Read More »

$99 spring pass at Alpine

Alpine Meadows has just announced the sale of their Spring Pass. Ski or snowboard every day from April 1st until the end of the season for just $99! The Spring Pass can be purchased online or at the special tickets office at the resort starting Sunday, March 20th. You must be an Alpine Club member to purchase the ticket. Not a member? You can join for just $20. Membership benefits include discounts on repairs, rentals, lessons, merchandise and free Wi-Fi… Read More »

Destination: Alpine Meadows

When asked to describe my ideal ski resort, the first place that comes to mind is Alpine Meadows. Located between Truckee and Tahoe City off State Route 89, Alpine covers 2,400 patrolled acres with an annual snowfall of 495 inches. The mountain offers 13 lifts covering 100 designated runs. The terrain is a great mix of wide open runs, bowls and trees. The interlinking long, wide intermediate runs give enough open space that they never feel crowded. For expert skiers,… Read More »

Resort report, snow levels

The following Tahoe resorts are open: Boreal 58-65″ base / 5 lifts open Sugar Bowl 56-65″ base/ 6 lifts open Squaw Valley 65″ base / 12 lifts open Alpine Meadows 71-99″ base / 4 lifts open Northstar-at-Tahoe 38-56″ base / 10 lifts open Kirkwood 73″ base / 2 lifts open Sierra-at-Tahoe 31-79″ base / 5 lifts open Heavenly 29-50″ base / 15 lifts open