Squaw Valley offers 4,200 free, general parking spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis. For vehicles with 3+ passengers, a free carpool lot with 800 first-come, first-serve premium parking spots is available. Follow directional signage on Squaw Valley Road when you arrive for both general parking and carpool parking. More information on Carpool Parking is below.
Alpine Meadows offers 1,525 free, general parking spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis. Overflow parking is available in the Hidden Valley lot on 89.
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. The POW Carpool Parking area will be 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. Alpine Meadows also has premium paid parking available.
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 Carpool 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.
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.
When is Paid Parking in effect at Alpine Meadows?
The paid parking program at Alpine Meadows operates on winter 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.
19-20 Preferred Seasonal Parking Passes are now on sale.
Preferred seasonal parking passes gives access to all tiers of Squaw Valley's parking structure located by the Members Locker Room. The 2019-20 parking passes will not be valid until November 1, 2019 and they will be valid until the end of the 2019-20 winter season. A refundable deposit will be charged for new parking guests for the Transponder at time of pick-up. Transponders are not yet available for the 19-20 sesason.
|2019-20 Parking Pass||$899|
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