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Alpine Meadows: More than just deep powder skiing

Dec 23rd 2010

Deep powder at Alpine Meadows

If you’re planning to visit Alpine Meadows soon, it’ll be hard for you to believe it’s not February when you arrive.  So far this season (November/December), Alpine has receive more than 22 feet of snow at its mid mountain snow stake.  The mountain is absolutely bursting at the seams with snow.  

Check out this video made by professional telemark skier, Mark Sanders.  He used a helmet camera to film a day of floating through powder lap after lap at Alpine Meadows.  Watching it makes you feel as if you’re making the turns yourself. 

Alpine isn’t just for advanced adventurers, though; and quite honestly, it’s fun to see guests try skiing or riding for the first time.  If you are planning to visit Alpine as a beginner, first know that all beginner terrain is groomed every night.  Second, you’ll be learning on world-class conditions.  All that snow didn’t just fall on the advanced terrain!  Third, you’ll have a blast: Alpine’s team of professional coaches tailor each instructional session to the individual.  All you need to know about beginner ski and ride sessions at Alpine can be found at the Alpine Meadows First Timers Guide. There’s lots of tips on how to dress for winter weather, how to make a reservation, and a quick video about what you can look forward to skiing when you arrive.

Alpine just opened a brand-new snow tubing center, called Tubeville! Tubeville is located steps from the base lodge.  It’ll be open daily through the holidays from noon to 4:30pm; and Fridays through Sundays (noon to 4:30pm) during non holiday periods. 

Alpine recently installed a new live, streaming web camera. You can actually control the view from your computer.  It’s mounted at the top of the Roundhouse Express high speed quad, and offers an amazing view of some of Alpine’s upper mountain terrain and of course, a view of Lake Tahoe.  That way, you can keep an eye on the conditions any minute of any day. 

If you’re planning to visit this winter, check out one of Tahoe’s most affordable lift and lodging packages.  Alpine Meadows and Reno, Nevada’s Grand Sierra Resort & Casino offer a ticket with lodging for $69.  It’s called the Ski & Stay Free package. That’s less than a lift ticket at most resorts, and the conditions at Alpine are definitely worthy of a vacation! 

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