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    KidzView Catch a ride on the Hot Wheels Triple Chair to check out one of the coolest treasures at Alpine: Hot Wheels Gully. A natural halfpipe dotted with trees, banked turns with walls that measure 30' high, this cool gully blows all machine-made halfpipes away! Mini skiers and riders are stoked when they can grab a ride on the Tiegel Poma, located just steps from the base lodge. This surface lift access the Tiegel Mini Terrain Park, which offers a variety of pint-sized rails, funboxes, miniature jumps, and banked turns. Ready for the Roundhouse High Speed Quad? The Banana Chute is also a favorite, and is located under the chair about half-way up the mountain. This short chute opens up onto the groomed, Sandy’s Corner, which returns intermediate+ skiers and riders to the base lodge.

    For Sanity's Sake: With a base lodge that has just finished its 2nd phase of interior remodel, the Alpine Meadows base lodge is a great central meeting point for families. Equipped with restaurants, ticket windows, ski and snowboard rentals and high performance demos, a newly remodeled retail shop, necessities of every kind can be found in the base lodge. Amenities include a newly remodeled retail shop, a parent zone where small children can play with a huge variety of toys, quiet sitting areas for new parents, and a warm, cozy fireplace area which makes for a great hot cocoa meeting place.

    KidzPoints: Parent Interchangeable lift tickets make skiing and riding easy for moms and dads. One ticket can be shared by two parents, which leaves the option for one to hang out with small children while the other hits the slopes. The parent interchangeable ticket is the same price as an adult full day lift ticket. Kids ages 5 or 6 who are ready to learn to ski can sign up with the Little Mountaineers Club for either a full or half day of lessons, snow and indoor play, and a great chance to experience social interaction with others their own age. Ages 7-12 of any ability level can sign up for Junior Mountaineers and cruise the mountain with others matched in ability, and learn from some of Tahoe’s best kids teachers and coaches.

    Where to Ski: The terrain at Alpine can go from a mellow intermediate to a triple black diamond. Hot Wheels chair will get you to the Family Ski Zone where there's plenty of intermediate terrain to keep you busy. Beginners can stick to Subway, Meadow and Tiegel next to the Mountaineers Adventure Area. For your own family adventure head to the backside and take in Sherwood or Sun Bowl for the ultimate thrill.

    Where to Board: With lots of off piste terrain, trees, cornices, killer spring corn and and a new and improved terrain park and halfpipe, there's plenty to explore. Check out Kangaroo Gully and drop in to Roo's Ride Terrain Park. Ride Roundhouse and check out the new Gravity Cavity halfpipe. The Back Bowls are great in the spring, a little bit of a pain to get there, but once you do… it's riding heaven.

    Special Programs: Little Mountaineers for ages four through six and Junior Mountaineers for ages seven through 12. Both programs have full and half day sessions, including lunch and snack periods. The Mountaineer program includes an Adventure Map full of fun facts on Alpine Meadow's natural history, animal habitat and safety tips for young skiers and snowboarders.

    Child Care: No on site care for children under four.

    Good Groceries: The base lodge has a large variety of healthy, kid friendly dining options. Everything from custom made salads, fresh sandwiches and wraps, daily soup specials, pasta and lasagna. Dining options include The Alpine Grill in the base lodge, Al’Pine Bakery in the base lodge breezeway, Gentian Café at the Subway lift, the Mid Mountain Chalet at the bottom of Scott Chair, and the Ice Bar, at the bottom of the Sherwood Express.

    Sleep Tight:

    Call 800.949.3296 or visit for Alpine's official central reservations, which offers all types of accommodations. Whether you're looking for budget travel, luxury resorts with plenty of amenities, a house for the week, condos in a winter setting, or a cozy lakeside inn, Alpine Meadows offers a lodging option for everyone.


    Rent: On site rentals
    Buy: Purchase soft goods at Estelle Sports Retail shop on site, rent basic or high performance skis and snowboards on site, and be sure to ask Alpine’s professional team for advice on choosing equipment.

    Other Fun Stuff: Be sure to meet the Alpine Meadows patrol dog team! They hang out at the top of the Summit Six, Sherwood, and Lakeview Chairs.

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    Location: 6 miles northwest of Tahoe City, CA, on Hwy 89.

    Info: 800-441-4423



    Tahoe Adaptive Ski School: 530-581-4161

    Terrain: 2,000 acres
    25% easier
    40% more difficult
    35% most difficult

    Base elevation: 6835'

    Vertical rise: 1802'

    12 lifts including one high-speed six-pack, one high-speed quad, four triple chairs, five double chairs, one Sun Kid surface lift.

    Lift tickets:
    All day adult (19-64): $46 daily; $65 holidays
    All day teen (13-18): $39 daily; $39 holidays
    All day child (7-12): $15
    Child six and under: FREE
    All Senior (65-69): $39 daily; $39 holidays
    Senior (70+): $15
    Afternoon half day: $39
    Parent Interchangeable: $46 daily; $65 holidays

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