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Alpine Meadows


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Alpine Meadows


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Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

41

Rank in
Region

5

Rank in
State

5

This resort is often compared with:

Squaw Valley
Northstar at Tahoe
Sierra-at-Tahoe
Best time for snow at
Alpine Meadows
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Alpine Meadows

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
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True Snow: 360" per year
Snow Quality Rank

78

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

44

Alpine Meadows is ranked No. 44 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

15.7%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

34.4%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

25.5%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

44

Alpine Meadows is ranked No. 44 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

78

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of Alpine Meadows

Core Strengths
Expert
rank
13
score
51.5
Overall
rank
41
score
74.5
Snow Volume
rank
44
score
64.6

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1802 ft

8637 ft
Base Elevation: 6835 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows has very good snow frequency of 16.8% of winter days with 6 inches or more and 35% of winter months with 90 inches or more, but also endures 24% of winter months with less than 30 inches. Upper elevation snow is similar to next-door Squaw Valley, but overall conditions tend to be more reliable due to a base that is 700 feet higher than Squaw's, closer to the Sierra Crest with less rain. Sierra average snow density of 12% is not the blower of the Rockies but easily managed on modern fat rockered skis.

Accumulation and Preservation

With its less extreme terrain and a higher base vs. Squaw, Alpine Meadows averages about 3/4 open at Christmas. The top third of seasons have a holiday base of 6+ feet with full operation, while Alpine is less than half open in the worst third of holiday seasons. In the worst 15% it is less than 1/4 open. Alpine skis very well on most spring days. Almost half the area faces north, and it's easy to follow the sun around the range of other exposures. Traditionally Alpine was the latest operating Tahoe area, often running to Memorial Day. Under Squaw's ownership May operation is usually limited to Squaw's upper terrain.