Getting Around & Parking

Lift tickets and season passes are interchangeable at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows! Take advantage of our free shuttle service to and from both resorts.

Parking at Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe


Squaw Alpine Express

The Squaw Alpine Express runs continuously between the base area of Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows when both resorts are open for operations, weather and traffic permitting. The Squaw Alpine Express runs more frequently on weekends and holidays. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the final departure.

  • First shuttle leaves the Squaw Valley Member’s Locker Room at 8:30am
  • Last bus leaves Squaw Valley 4:30pm
  • Last bus leaves Alpine Meadows no earlier than 4:30pm
  • In the interest of safety, children 12 years & under may not ride the Squaw/Alpine Express alone. Children must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other responsible rider.
  • Check the app for the most up-to-date info.   
SnoVentures Shuttle

SnoVentures Shuttle runs continuously between Member's Locker Room and SnoVentures Activity Zone.

  • Operates 9am-4:15pm daily

Shuttle Locations

  • Village South Road in front of Squaw Valley Member’s Locker Room
  • In front of SnoVentures Activity Zone

Squaw Kids

  • Directions: Drive up Squaw Valley Road, take a left onto Village South Road. You may park in the Squaw Kids Reserved Parking area, located in the main parking lot. See map below.
  • Squaw Kids Reserved Parking: Reserve your lesson in advance and you'll receive accessible parking in our Squaw Kids Reserved Parking area on weekends & holidays.  

Please note:  The Squaw Kids building entrance is pedestrian friendly by restricting vehicle access to only those who need accessible access. There is no drop-off area directly in front of Squaw Kids. Our Squaw Kids Reserved Parking Area will be open from 7:30-10am weekends and holidays (December 20 - January 4; January 19; February 14-22). Squaw Kids Reserved Parking is complimentary for Squaw Kids guests with advanced reservations. Present a Squaw Kids enrollment confirmation to the parking attendant. 

Lyft in Tahoe

New to Lyft? Download the app and insert promo code SQUAWALPINE to redeem $10 off your first 2 rides. Whether you're visiting from South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, or arriving from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Lyft is a convenient alternative to getting around.

Lyft dropoff zones are the carpool area at Squaw Valley and the drop off area in front of the Lodge at Alpine Meadows.

TART Regional Transit 

Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) offers buses all summer to get from Squaw Valley to Truckee and Tahoe City. Check out the schedules:

POW Carpool & Paid Parking

We have partnered with Protect Our Winters (POW) to offer free premium parking to guests who carpool to the resort with three or more occupants per vehicle. The POW Carpool Parking area will also be available as paid parking for non-carpool vehicles, with all spaces available on a first come, first served basis. The POW Parking program aligns with the resort’s mission to reduce its carbon footprint, raise awareness about how transportation contributes to climate change, and promote carpooling and efficient transportation within the region.  

Parking Rates
Carpool (3 or more)FREE
POW Parking Details

Squaw Valley: 

  • 800 designated spaces located in the main parking lot, with the entrance being off of Squaw Valley Rd near Plumpjacks.

Alpine Meadows:

  • 50 spaces located adjacent to the base lodge, available until full on weekends
POW Parking Frequently Asked Questions

Who can park in POW Carpool Parking?
Any vehicle with three or more people can park in POW Carpool Parking for free on a first come, first served basis. Two parents & a baby count as three passengers and are eligible for POW parking. Handicapped individuals with proper placards are eligible for POW parking. At this time we do not allow zero emissions vehicles to park for free with less than three people in the lot, but we are looking into how we can incorporate that into the program.

How is POW Carpool Parking different this season?
For the 2018-19 season, we quadrupled the size of our Protect Our Winters “POW Carpool Parking” area at Squaw Valley. Also new this year, the POW Carpool Parking area will be available as paid parking for non-carpool vehicles, with all spaces available on a first come, first served basis. The goal of POW Carpool Parking is to incentivize guests to carpool to help reduce traffic congestion, reduce the resort’s carbon footprint and make efficient use of limited parking.

Where is POW Carpool Parking located?
POW Carpool Parking is located in a prime location, spanning the entire lot directly north of The Village at Squaw Valley, between Village East Road (Adjacent to the main lobby of the Village at Squaw Valley) and the terminus of Squaw Valley Road (adjacent to PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn).

Am I guaranteed a parking spot if I carpool?
The 800 spaces at Squaw Valley and 50 spaces at Alpine Meadows will be open to carpool vehicles with three or more occupants until they are all filled. Once the premium parking areas meet daily capacity, all vehicles will be directed to the main parking lots.

If the free general parking fills up before the carpool lot, am I required to pay to park?
The POW lot is always designated for carpooling and therefore will always have a charge for non-carpoolers. Some ways you can combat this include: a) carpooling b) arriving early on busy days or c) using one of our other transit options, including TART, the free Truckee and Tahoe City Park & Rides, or our new in-valley shuttle system. 

Will some spots in the POW Carpool Parking be reserved for paid customers?
No portion of the POW Carpool lot will be designated for only paid cars. There is nothing to prevent every spot from being taken by carpoolers utilizing the lot for free.

Why are you taking away free parking?
We are not taking away free parking! Part of the idea behind carpool parking is to increase the number of people per car: one car with three people instead of three cars with one person essentially frees up more (free) spaces. We are also working on using our existing parking more efficiently: new paving in the East lot has made the space more efficient and guest friendly, and a new park and ride program will add 100 spaces in Truckee on the 24 busiest days of the season. Additionally, we have removed the valet parking program to dedicate that space to more free parking in the main lots.

POW Carpool Parking itself is completely free—just bring friends and family! The goal of POW Carpool Parking is to incentivize guests to carpool to help reduce traffic congestion, reduce the resort’s carbon footprint and make efficient use of limited parking. Compared to other resorts, we are lucky to have as much free, close-in parking as we do at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows to accommodate our guests. We will continue to encourage guests to use carpooling, public transportation and a new park & ride program as alternative ways to get to the resort.

Why are you charging for parking? What is the money used for?
If we want to change behavior, we know we need to do more than just offer free carpool parking. While there is lots of it (4,200 free spots), our parking is a valuable resource. We are giving a value to our most prime parking by offering it at a price or for free for carpoolers. Ideally, no one will be paying for parking and the 800 parking spots at Squaw / 50 parking spots at Alpine reserved for POW Parking will be full of guests who carpooled and parked for free. Paid parking is a revenue source that helps us to pay for the staff and infrastructure that are an important part of the program. POW Carpool parking is no longer on an honor system—we now have parking attendants that are checking in with each vehicle that comes to the lot.  

All spots are designated for carpool or paid patrons. If we successfully change people’s behavior, and the lot is primarily utilized for car pool, we will continue operating this program at a loss. Our goal continues to be to mitigate congestion in our area.

We have always had a paid parking program at Squaw Valley. This is not a new concept here. This program replaces valet parking that we offered in the past. But we still believe there is more we can do to impact the traffic situation and manage our parking resources responsibly. In the past, the POW Carpool Parking program has removed about 7,200 cars from the road annually. Now, with a program that is larger and monitored by our staff, we expect that number to be much higher. We know this won’t eliminate the traffic problem, but we think it’s a really important step. Most other large resorts around the country have a combination of paid, free and carpool parking. We are utilizing our parking resource in a way that makes sense for our business, our guests and our environment.

When will POW Parking Operate?
Alpine POW Parking is only on weekends & holidays. Squaw POW Parking will operate daily, season-long.

How many POW Carpool Parking Spots are there? And total number of spots?
We have about 5,000 parking spots at Squaw Valley and 1,600 at Alpine. 800 at Squaw Valley and 50 at Alpine Meadows are designated for carpooling.

How does POW Carpool Parking benefit me?
If you come to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows with a total of three or more people in your car you will have access to free parking that is close to the base area and lifts. You will also have access to a free 8-passenger golf cart service to help get your group and your gear to the base area. POW Carpool Parking is available on a first come, first served basis.

How will POW Carpool Parking affect traffic?
Between POW Carpool Parking, Park & Ride shuttles from Truckee and in-valley shuttle service we expect to lessen the impact of traffic impacts, especially on busy days. The new arrangement of POW Carpool Parking will also streamline the traffic flow into our lots: guests who want to use POW Carpool Parking or paid parking will be guided by signage towards the end of Squaw Valley Road. There, five gates of entry and parking attendants will usher cars into the lot. All other traffic will be diverted off at the east and middle bridges. At the end of the day, vehicle traffic leaving the POW Carpool Parking area will all be directed toward the east end of the lot, where Village East Road crosses the middle bridge over Squaw Creek.

What else are you doing to combat traffic congestion?
POW Parking is one of several initiatives to combat both traffic congestion and carbon emissions in the Tahoe area. Other new initiatives include a) a free Park & Ride Program that will operate in both Tahoe City and Truckee on weekends & holidays and b) an in-valley shuttle service, sort of like an uber/lyft for guests who are already in the Valley, that can be called with an app and provide transportation.

How long has Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows been running the POW Carpool Parking Program and what have the results been?
In 2016, we partnered with Protect Our Winters to offer free premium “POW Parking” to reward guests who elect to carpool to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, with a goal to reduce traffic and the resort’s carbon footprint. Guest participation in the program has increased annually. In the past the POW Carpool Parking program has removed about 7,200 cars from the road annually. Now, with a program that is larger and monitored by our staff, we expect that number to be much larger.

What is the connection with Protect Our Winters? Do the funds from POW Parking go to POW?
Protect Our Winters is an organization we are proud to partner with and work with closely. We also work closely with local pro snowboarder and POW founder Jeremy Jones. The proceeds from the POW Carpool Parking program does not go to POW—we provide other charitable and event support to POW, and together with this program we are encouraging carpooling as a responsible means of transportation. Ikon Pass is a partner of Protect Our Winters as well, you can read more about that partnership here

Will you continue to offer Valet and Seasonal Parking Passes?
We will continue to offer Seasonal Parking Passes at Squaw Valley and you can purchase them here. We have eliminated our valet parking program in order to use our parking area more efficiently.

Why am I just hearing about this now? 

We've sent out information on POW Parking several times over the past few months and it has been on this site since September. Here are some links: 


Park & Ride

In order to combat congestion on highway 89 during peak winter visitation periods, the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association has, in collaboration with Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and Placer County, adopted a pilot program for park and ride services during the 2018-2019 winter season. This program will be put in place on holidays and weekends December - March.* 

Truckee Park and Ride 

The Truckee Park and Ride parking lot will be located at the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District Administrative Offices off of Donner Pass Road, behind the fire station and Wild Cherries. Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) buses will offer Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows - specific service every 30 minutes in the park and ride lots from 7am to 6pm. This service will be free. 

*Planned dates for the Truckee Park & Ride to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows are: December 28-30, January 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, February 2-3, 9-10, 16-18, 23-24, and March 2-3, 9-10.

Skiers and riders traveling to Alpine Meadows can take the bus to Squaw Valley, then connect to Alpine Meadows via the Squaw Alpine Express shuttle.

Lake Tahoe Park & Ride to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Mountaineer Shuttle Service 

Free transit within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows

Lake Tahoe Mass Transit System Mountaineer at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

As part of our initiatives to mitigate both carbon emissions and traffic congestion in our area, we are participating in the new non-profit Squaw Alpine Transit Company (SATCo) to introduce Mountaineer, an on-demand, app-based transit service available to residents and guests of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows starting December 1st, 2018. This year-round service will be available at no cost to anyone in-valley who summons the vehicle with the Mountaineer app.

  • Seven days per week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Squaw Valley
  • On Saturdays and Sundays in Alpine Meadows from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. between December 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.
  • Seven dog-friendly, 10-person 4WD Sprinter-type vans equipped with ski and snowboard racks
  • Two ADA vehicles of similar capacity will be used to offer free transportation—from anywhere to anywhere—within the two valleys.
  • App will be available for download soon. 

Simply download the app and call the vehicle. The Mountaineer app will always have the most updated information related to hours of operation throughout the season and during off-peak seasons. 

Please note: shuttles are specific to each valley. If you'd like to go between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, you can take the Squaw Alpine Express shuttle. 


Preferred Seasonal Parking 

Preferred seasonal parking passes gives access to all tiers of Squaw Valley's parking structure located by the Members Locker Room. The 2018-19 parking passes will not be valid until November 1, 2018 due to upgrades of the preferred parking gates and they will be valid until the end of the 2018-19 winter season. A refundable deposit will be charged for new parking guests for the Transponder at time of pick-up.

2018-19 Seasonal Parking Pass
2018-19 Parking Pass$829

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For more information, please visit this page. 

Still have questions? Give us a call at 800-403-0206

RV’s & Campers

Overnight Parking is prohibited between November 1st and May 1st. Between May 1st an November 1st, overnight parking is permitted in the designated area for a nightly fee. No services are provided. 

Overnight Parking Rates
Standard Day$30
Holiday/Special Event*$50

*Holiday/special events include: June 8-9; July 3-4; July 19-22; August 3-5; September 1-3; September 28-30

  • Guests will be directed to the appropriate location by Security or Parking staff
  • Guests will read, fill out and sign a release of liability and be issued a parking permit
  • The permit must be displayed from inside the vehicle at all times
  • Guests are not permitted to relocate to another location unless authorized by Security or Parking staff
  • All fees are due upon arrival
  • Guests who fail to adhere to overnight parking rules may forfeit any fees paid
  • The overnight parking program may be terminated any time without notice

Call (530) 452-7180 and Security will direct RVs/Campers to appropriate location.