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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California

Acres: 6,000 | Vertical: Squaw: 2,850’; Alpine Meadows 1,802' | Snowfall: 450"

Overview: At Squaw, you “show ’em what you got and huck what you can,” according to Public Relations Director Liesl Hepburn. Despite efforts to soften Squaw’s image, you can’t soften the terrain showcased beneath KT-22. Start the morning on the Alpine Meadows side for a more relaxed feel. Alpine locals just want to sip espresso and hunt turns.  

What’s New: Someone say coffee? A new $1.4 million base lodge at Alpine Meadows adds a self-service espresso bar and breakfast burritos to the morning equation—plus three bars for aprés.

Local’s Take: Entering her 13th year as a Squaw patroller, Robin McElroy loves taking women on their first runs through “point it” couloirs in the Palisades. She finishes at Le Chamois, “The Chammy,” to locals. “It’s a pitcher of beer and a pizza kind of place.” squawalpine.com —M.M. | | skier Henry Holdsworth | photo Ben Arnst    

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