Traditionally a beloved ski resort among Tahoe locals, Alpine Meadows opened on Friday (Dec. 7) after receiving more than 7 feet of natural snow since early November.
Squaw Valley and Alpine joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under a common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270-plus trails on one combined lift ticket or season pass that includes both resorts.
Change has taken place at Alpine Meadows ski resort this season. The two resorts have a nearly combined $24 million in capital improvements for the 2012-13 winter season.
Here’s what’s new at Alpine this season:
Improved, More Efficient Snowmaking: New snowmaking upgrades will significantly improve efficiency, making it possible to generate more snow faster – delivering better surface conditions earlier in the season.
As a result, park features will be created and additional terrain will become accessible sooner. Upgrades will include computer-driven automation to control the snowmaking operation. The automated system monitors a range of data (e.g. temperature, humidity, flow, etc.) making it possible to configure the operation of specific snowmaking units based on conditions in that area. This greatly improves snowmaking efficiency, resulting in a larger quantity of higher quality snow in a shorter period of time.
Mile-Long Terrain Park: With the recent partnership between Alpine Meadows and Snow Park Technologies (SPT), skiers and riders can look forward to continued terrain park improvements and an enhanced park experience throughout the winter season.
Snow Park Technologies is renowned in the terrain park business with 15 years of experience designing parks for major resorts and events nationwide including the Dew Tour and Winter X Games.
One of the most exciting changes to the terrain park experience is the expansion of the medium and large park. The combined parks, from Terry’s Return to Dancefloor, will offer an entire mile-long park run making it the longest terrain park run in the Tahoe region.
Also brand new this year, there is a beginner progression park on Subway where lessons will be available. Guests eating out on the sundeck can enjoy the view of skiers and riders testing out their skills at a new base area jib arena.
New jibs have been added this season, including four new beginner boxes, two intermediate boxes and four new snowmaking pipe jibs, increasing the park’s fleet to more than 60 jib features.
Burton Adult Learn to Ride (LTR) Center: Like Squaw Valley, Alpine is also partnering with Burton and their acclaimed Learn to Ride (LTR) program for winter 2012-13. As part of the LTR program, Alpine is offering specially designed equipment for adult beginner snowboarders.
Redesigned Ticket Office: The ticket office has been reconfigured, complete with an improved look and streamlined customer experience by providing a centralized place for guest information and products.
The ticket office has seven windows, including an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible level window, enhancing the efficiency of ticket operation and improving the customer experience by providing one-stop shopping for a variety of Alpine’s services and packages including tickets, passes, and lessons.
Visit www.skialpine.com for more information.
Lake Tahoe ski resorts Opening Dates
• Boreal: Open
• Heavenly: Open
• Northstar: Open
• Kirkwood: Open
• Squaw Valley: Open
• Mt. Rose: Open
• Sierra-at-Tahoe: Open
• Sugar Bowl: Open
• Alpine: Open
• Donner Ski Ranch: Open (closed weekdays)
• Tahoe Donner: Dec. 7
• Homewood: December 14
• Soda Springs: Dec. 14
• Diamond Peak: TBA