on March 24, 2001
We didn't have a good experience at Alpine Meadows. The mountain has a lower elevation than some of the others in the Tahoe area and we had a warm and sunny day. The mountain slushed up big time real early. For spring skiers, if its going to be warm and sunny, go to Heavenly, Squaw or Kirkwood - all these have higher elevations. For instance, Alpine Meadow has two peaks that max out at 8300 feet and 8600 feet, while Squaw has a whole set of lifts that START at 8200 feet. Heavenly has most of its California side trails starting at 8200 feet and Kirkwood's peak is about 9700 feet. Midwinter it probably doesn't make a difference, but it is important for spring. I have good felings about Alpine Meadows from a previous visit, but this note is specific to spring conditions - so I only rate it 'somewhat recommended'. About 55 minutes from South Lake Tahoe via Route 89.
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