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Alpine Meadows Mountain Guide - Top Trails, Itineraries & Dining
Experience Alpine Meadows like an insider. Find out where to ski with top trails and full day itineraries for intermediates and experts. We also show you where to eat on the mountain. Plus, check out the mountain stats.
Alpine Meadows Terrain Guides
Alpine Meadows makes up for its lack of beginner terrain with a convenient, easy to navigate layout. Much of the area surrounding the main lodge and parking lots is a designated slow zone. There are two carpets and two beginner-only lifts within walking distance from the base area, enabling learners to progress to the nearby lifts that service intermediate terrain. Confident beginners will also enjoy the easier Blue runs here.
A blue square at Alpine Meadows can mean many things, but we usually equate them with fun! From the shorter opening runs off of Kangaroo chair, to breathtaking views from the Lake View area, to high speed laps from the summit; intermediate skiers and riders can have whatever they desire. Try one of the many options off of Roundhouse Express before working your way up to Alpine Bowl off of the summit.
Like Squaw Valley, Alpine does not designate any of its runs as "Double Black," but don't let this fool you; the terrain can be intense. Scott Chair is one of our favorite areas for steep trees and gullies, while the hike-to terrain in all directions off of Summit Express provides endless opportunities to check out open bowls, tight chutes, moguls, and more. Head to Wolverine Bowl to get your first taste of this incredible advanced skiers' playground.
While many of the hike-to-trails at Alpine appear easily accessible on the map, some of this terrain is more difficult to reach. Be prepared to walk for up to an hour to reach some areas
Skiers of varying ability levels should be able to stay together on most of the upper lifts
Top Trail Picks
On Mountain Dining Recommendations
Alpine Meadows is not going to "wow" most people with their dining options, but there are a few good options to to refuel and relax. The main lodges primarily serve traditional cafeteria-style food. Grab a seat outside and enjoy the views from The Chalet or Treats Cafe has delicious options for those on the go. Our top picks are below:
For a unique experience that lets you step away from the slopes, head to The Chalet. Located in the middle of Weasel run, it's a relaxing spot for Bavarian-style cuisine and drinks. The inside is small but cozy. Grab a beer outside and don't miss the chance to sit on the deck, or right on the snow (chairs included).
What initially looks like your usual snack bar actually has a great selection of delicious food to go. Grab a sandwich or pizza bagel on those days you just NEED to get back to the lifts. The name fits here as delicious cookies and desserts will reward you for the turns you've made. Try the chocolate chip cookie pie if you really want to cure your sweet tooth.
Though more of a spot to grab a drink outside with the locals, Ice Bar is also a convenient stop for snacks and bratwurst. Located just above the base of Sherwood Express, there is outdoor seating, perfect for enjoying a cocktail or beer and soaking in some sun and incredible views of the Sierra crest.
Alpine Meadows Mountain Stats
Size / Elevation
Peak: 8,637 ft | 2,633m
Vertical Drop: 1,802 ft | 549m
Base: 6,835 ft | 2,24083m
Total Area: 2,400 acres |9.7 sq km
Mountain Range: Sierra Nevada
Ward Peak (8,637 ft)
Scott (8,289 ft)
Alpine Meadows Base Area (Main)
On Mountain Dining
2 on mountain and 5 more options at the base (see our guide)
Uphill Capacity: 18,700 ppl / hr
13 Total Lifts
1 High speed six pack
2 High speed quads
2 Surface Lifts
1 Minimum lift to access peak from base