Acres: 2,400 | Vertical: 1,802’ | Snowfall: 450” | squawalpine.com
Massive storms are the norm in the Sierra, which is why Alpine Meadows recently installed two Gazex Inertia Exploders in key areas to aid in avalanche mitigation and help patrollers get the mountain open more efficiently and safely. A green turn: A partnership with Protect Our Winters (POW) offers free premium parking to guests that carpool with four or more passengers.
Can’t-Miss Run: There isn’t a lot of Hollywood ski terrain at Alpine Meadows, but Scott Chute, which lies directly beneath Scott Chair, is an obvious exception. Get there first on a powder day for a 1,000-foot glory run with hundreds of spectators on the lift.
Resort Bite: Butter, sugar, and chocolate chips are the main ingredients of Viva Treat’s chocolate chip pie, a delicious slice of pure energy that has helped me ski ’til the closing bell on many a powder day.
Local Advice: The chairlifts don’t take you to the top of everything at Alpine Meadows, in fact, most of the advanced terrain involves a short hike or traverse along the ridges that extend in three directions from the top of Summit Chair on Ward Peak. Sure, the hike deters some, but locals like Dan Abrams, president/co-founder of Flylow Gear, know that, “in addition to a good workout, the 10–25 minute hike spreads people out keeping the snow fresher.” —Jeremy Benson
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.