on March 1, 2001
Alpine Meadows is definitely my pick of the Lake Tahoe resorts. It is less crowded than Squaw Valley, and there is a huge variety of terrain. Everything within the resort boundary is fair game whether it is a marked trail or not. The best features of Alpine Meadows are the "adventure zones" which reward the rider with a backcountry feel in exchange for a little bit of hiking. The back bowls are a great experience, and when the high traverse is open, untouched powder (freshies) can usually be found in Wolverine Bowl, Beaver Bowl, and Estelle Bowl. If you're looking for challenging tree runs or want to do some cliff hucking, head to the Promised Land. Another interesting run is Hot Wheels Gulley, a natural "half pipe" where you can bank turns and catch air at high speeds. Be forewarned, however, there are hairpin turns and obstacles such as trees and rocks just to keep things interesting.
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