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.
Curious about Getting Around & Parking for WinterWonderGrass?
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 runs continuously between Member's Locker Room and SnoVentures Activity Zone.
- Operates 9am-4:15pm daily
- Village South Road in front of Squaw Valley Member’s Locker Room
- In front of SnoVentures Activity Zone
- 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:
Protect Our Winters Carpool 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 on weekends and holidays. 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.
POW Parking Details
- 800 designated spaces located in the main parking lot, with the entrance being off of Squaw Valley Rd near Plumpjacks.
- 75 spaces located adjacent to the base lodge, available until full on weekends
Protect Our Winters Carpool Update
Now that we have had a chance to see how the expanded POW Parking program at Squaw Valley has performed on busy weekends, holidays and quieter midweek days, we have learned three key takeaways:
We found that 98% of the vehicles in the POW Parking lot at Squaw Valley have been carpoolers. As of December 28, almost 6,000 carpool vehicles have taken advantage of free POW parking, just 1.5 months into the season. This is almost as much as we have seen in an entire season in the past (7,200). We see these results as an absolute success—the program is effectively incentivizing guests to carpool to the resort.
We have learned that the POW Parking area sits unfilled during the midweek/non-holiday periods, which has been the cause of understandable frustration from our loyal weekday visitors.
By using signage and personnel to direct carpool traffic to a different area than non-carpool, the flow of traffic in and out of the parking lots in Squaw Valley has been smoother and more efficient.
Based on these findings, we will be making the following changes:
POW Parking at Squaw Valley will be staffed and managed on weekends and holidays only. As of Monday, January 7, the POW Parking area will be open to all vehicles, carpool or not, on weekdays and non-holidays. Weekends and holidays include Saturdays and Sundays through March in addition to Martin Luther King Day (January 21) and President’s Day (February 18).
We will no longer offer a paid option in the POW Parking lot. It will be for carpool vehicles only.
Effective immediately, we will continue to maintain a smaller area in the POW Parking lot at Squaw Valley for midweek/non-holiday carpooling, similar to what we have done in years past.
There will be no change to the POW Parking at Alpine Meadows—it has remained essentially the same since we first began the program in 2016.
We want to make sure that we are using our parking resources in a way that makes sense for our business, our guests and our environment. We sincerely appreciate all of the guests who are taking advantage of this program and hope to continue to see the successful growth of carpooling at our resort. Traffic has a major impact on our guests, and POW Parking is one of a number of ways we are working to take cars off the road. You can learn more about our transportation initiatives here.
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 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. 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). At Alpine, POW Parking is located in the first row near Subway.
Am I guaranteed a parking spot if I carpool?
The 800 spaces at Squaw Valley and 75 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. At Alpine, you can also pay $30 to park in the premium paid parking area.
What changes have you made to POW Carpool Parking at Alpine Meadows?
None. The POW Carpool Parking program will remain the same as it operated last season, where paid parking and POW Carpool Parking are in separate areas. 75 premium parking spots have been designated for POW Carpool Parking, while a separate area is designated as paid parking.
What are the restrictions on POW Carpool Parking at Alpine Meadows?
To park in the POW Carpool Parking spots, there must be at least three people in the vehicle. Otherwise, guests can pay $30 to park in the paid parking section of the lot.
When is POW Carpool Parking and Paid Parking in effect at Alpine Meadows?
The POW and paid parking programs operate on weekends and holidays only.
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 75 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 premium 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.
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 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, Mountaineer, 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. Thus far in the 2018-19 season, 98% of guests parking in the POW Carpool lot have actually been carpool vehicles with 3+ individuals.
What is the connection with Protect Our Winters?
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.
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.
Do other resorts manage their parking this way?
Yes. Many of the major resorts across the west use a combination of paid and carpool parking in addition to free parking to encourage the avoidance of single-occupancy vehicles (Steven’s Pass, Park City, Breckenridge, Vail, Keystone, Snowbird, etc.). Some resorts, like Jackson Hole, offer only paid parking and carpool parking.
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 2018. Here are some links:
Park & Ride is over for the 2018-19 Season
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 2:30 pm. The last bus leaves Squaw Valley at 5:30 and returns to the Park n Ride lot at 6. 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.
Tahoe City Transit Option
For guests coming from the West Shore or Tahoe City, there is a TART transit center in the 64-acres parking lot. Bus services to Squaw Valley are available every 30 mins, leaving on the hour and half hour. See here for full TART schedule.
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.
Mountaineer Shuttle Service
Free transit within Squaw Valley and 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 service will be available at no cost to anyone in-valley who summons the vehicle with the Mountaineer app.
- Seven days per week from 7am-9 pm in Squaw Valley between December 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019
- On Saturdays and Sundays in Alpine Meadows from 7am-6pm 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
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.
Still have questions?
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 Parking Pass||$829|
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.
*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.
The CalTrans Quick Map App
Download the Caltrans Quick Map app. This is the most up-to-date information. As soon as the road conditions change, the Kingvale dispatch center updates this resource. You can also visit online at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/
CHP - Truckee Facebook Page
Truckee CHP uses this page for real-time notifications. They are active & responsive, and always a great place to turn with questions about the latest.
Weathering the Storm: Winter Driving Tips
This is a great resource for storm driving and preparation.