Squaw Alpine Backcountry Access Program

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, in conjunction with the USFS, have created a backcountry access program that permits access to the backcountry terrain and passage between the two mountains. Once an individual leaves either boundary, he or she is on their own with no services provided. Should rescue become necessary, it is the responsibility of the Placer County Sheriff's office. Those with any questions should direct them to Ski Patrol at the top of KT-22 at Squaw or at the top of Summit Chair at Alpine. The gates may be closed at any time and access to the gates may be precluded by other mountain closures. 

Backcountry Access from Squaw Valley

From Squaw Valley, skiers and riders can access the backcountry terrain to Alpine Meadows via one gate located approximately 100 yards West of the KT Saddle.

Backcountry Access from Alpine Meadows

From Alpine Meadows, skiers and riders can access the backcountry terrain to Squaw Valley from North Estelle Peak.

Please Be Aware

  • Hiking is required with a substantial climb required to enter either resort.
  • Know how to use and carry an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel.
  • Alpine Tour or Telemark equipment and climbing skis are highly recommended.
  • There is no cell phone coverage in the area between the two resorts.
  • Be advised you entering United States Forest Service land.
  • The land to the East is private property (please, no trespassing)
  • The land to the West is wilderness (there is no way out)
  • The KT Gate provides access to Alpine Meadows with very limited downhill skiing/riding.
  • Partner up.
  • No rescue beyond this point – YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!