Top 5 Reasons to Spend the Holidays at Squaw Alpine

Category: General

From skiing and riding to snowy scenery and festive events, these are our top 5 reasons to spend the holidays at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. 

1. Plenty of Open Terrain

31 Lifts, 75+ Runs, Over 1,000 Skiable Acres Open
Photo: December 20, 2017 by Ben Arnst

With 69 inches of cumulative snowfall on our upper mountains so far this season, there is over 1,000 acres of open terrain to ski and ride this holiday season. From mellow beginner trails, to perfect corduroy and adventurous off-piste pitches, we have something for every snow lover to enjoy:

  • Beginner: Ride the Aerial Tram to High Camp and practice your turns on the gentle beginner slopes off  Bailey's Beach, Mountain Meadow or Belmont chairlifts. The runs here are low angle, groomed and have stunning views of Lake Tahoe.
  • Intermediate: Awesome intermediate terrain is boundless right now! At Alpine Meadows, take some warmup laps on Roundhouse Express, then take Summit Express to the top and cruise down Alpine Bowl. At Squaw Valley, don't miss the groomed runs and tree skiing off Shirley Lake, the sunny slopes of Gold Coast and the 3.2 mile Mountain Run all the way to the base.
  • Advanced: Check out Wolverine Bowl off Summit Express at Alpine Meadows, or Siberia Bowl at Squaw Valley. 

2. Tons of Free Music and Fireworks

Music on the Slopes, Acclaimed Après Musicians and Fireworks
Photo: Kiwi from last year's New Year's Eve fireworks show

From December 27 through New Year's Eve there will be tons of free live music all over the resorts! From favorite local bands and DJs to acclaimed musicians, be on the lookout for performance popups on and off the slopes! You can also après to the beat with live music at Plaza Bar at Squaw Valley and Alpine Bar at Alpine Meadows every afternoon. Stick around for several free fireworks displays including a special New Year's Eve show! Music & Fireworks schedule>>

3. Sunsets at 8,200'

Free Sunset Aerial Tram Rides to the Newly Remodeled High Camp
Aerial Tram at Squaw Valley
From December 26-31, you can ride the Aerial Tram for FREE from 3:30-4:30pm to take in the views and soak up the sunset at High Camp. At the top we'll have happy hour specials at the newly remodeled Granite Bistro Bar! Please note there is no night skiing, so you must download the Tram to get back down to the base area. 

4. Tahoe Super 4 Pack 

Ski for less than $108/day with the Tahoe Super 4 Pack and save up to 40% off window rates
A skier enjoys 5" of new snow on December 20, 2017. Photo: Ben Arnst

Save up to 40% off lift ticket rates with the Tahoe Super 4 pack. You can ski or ride any 4 days for less than $108/day. If you don't use all your days over the holidays, come back and shred later this winter or spring. Once you pick up your 4 pack at the ticket office, you can go straight to the lifts on your next 3 days. 

5. Spend Time with Family on the Mountains

The perfect setting to unplug and make memories with the ones you love
Family Fun at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe
Family style après on the Alpine Meadows Deck 

There's something about the fresh mountain air and breathtaking scenery of the Sierra that brings people together over the holidays. Whether you and your kids ski bell-to-bell or prefer playing in the snow followed by hot chocolate by the firepit, your family will never forget a Christmas in the mountains. Here are just a few of our favorite family-friendly activities your family will love: 

Happy Holidays!

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