Alpine Meadows Opens for the Season on Friday, December 7th

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 6, 2012 5:24 pm

Lake Tahoe’s Alpine Meadows is scheduled to open this Friday, December 7th. Skiers and snowboarders can expect the resort to start the season in big ways. In addition to receiving more than 7 feet of natural snowfall since November, cooler temperatures have allowed snowmaking operations to commence.

Alpine Meadows - Sunrise

Alpine Meadows | December 6, 2012 | Photo: Jonahs David

The season kicks off bright and early at 9am, providing visitors with first day tracks on terrain accessed by Roundhouse Express, Summit Express, Alpine Bowl Chair and Kangaroo Chair (for racer team members only). Lifts will spin from 9am-4pm.

Beginners are encouraged to come out and start their snow sports careers with some professional ski and snowboard lessons provided by Alpine Meadows professional teaching staff. The Meadow Chair and the Kids Camp Carpet (for lesson-takers) will be open. There is also a special North Lake Tahoe Learn to Ski and Snowboard Weekend going on during December 8th and 9th. For just $30, first timers can get on the slopes with a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and lesson.

Friday’s opening day also marks the conclusion of the Tahoe Super Pass at its current early bird sale price. This season pass will grant you accesss to both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows all winter long. For now, the pass starts at $429 for adults — but remember, it’s not going to be at that price for much longer. Those that opt to purchase the higher-end Gold and Silver pass will also gain access to Sierra-at-Tahoe — hence the title of “Tahoe Super Pass”. Those of you that are currently enrolled in a university program will be able to take advantage of the College Tahoe Super Pass, which is offered at discounted rate. The resorts know how much of a struggle it can be for poor college students, so the season pass starts at just $389.

You can pick on up at the ticket window on opening day, or head over to

Opening day also marks the last day in which skiers and riders can purchase a Squaw and Alpine season pass – the Tahoe Super Pass – before prices go up (after December 7). Starting at $429 for adults, the Tahoe Super Pass offers season-long access to 6,000 acres, 43 lifts and over 270 trails at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The Tahoe Super Pass is now better than ever, as Gold and Silver passholders now have access to Sierra-at-Tahoe, an added value dubbed the Tahoe Super Pass Plus. The resorts’ first-ever unrestricted college pass starts at just $389, prices guaranteed through December 17. Both the Tahoe Super Pass and the College Tahoe Super Pass are available for purchase at T

As the 2012/2013 season begins, there is a great deal to be excited about at Alpine Meadows. Over the summer, both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows underwent more than $24 million in capital improvements. Alpine Meadows’ park rats….errrr, enthusiasts will get a chance to test out the brand new mile-long terrain park — the longest in all of Tahoe. These investments also include improved snowmaking systems at both resorts. The upgrades are all part of year two of The Renaissance, a five-year and $70 million capital improvement plan to enhance every aspect of the guest experience at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

For more information on ticket pricing and the most up-to-date conditions and operations, please see or call (530) 583-4232.