Parking & Road Conditions

General Parking

Squaw Valley

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. 

Squaw Valley Parking Map
Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows offers 1,825 free, general parking spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis. Overflow parking is available in the Hidden Valley lot on 89 and in the Deer Park lot off of Alpine Meadows Rd. On days when these lots are in use, Shuttles are available to bring guests between the Alpine Meadows Base Area and their vehicles. 

Alpine Meadows Base Area Parking and shuttles map
Alpine Meadows Overflow Parking Map

Frequently Asked Questions About Parking

What time should I leave in the morning to ensure getting a spot? 

It depends on the day, but early is always better, especially on pow days. Please carpool as much as possible! Plus, carpooling will grant you access to our premium parking areas if you arrive early enough. 

How much does parking cost? 

All General Parking is free at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Squaw Valley has a seasonal preferred parking option, while Alpine Meadows has 75 premium paid spaces available. These premium spaces cost $30. 

What's the best way to find out if parking lots are full or not?

Right now, the best way is to follow the Mountain Ops Twitter. This is an active, responsive account that keeps tabs on parking availability. You can also download the Squaw Alpine App and enable push notifications so that you can get parking alerts when you are in the Tahoe area. 

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

Squaw Valley: 

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

Alpine Meadows:

  • 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. Cars with two seats only may park in POW parking if both seats are filled, as can motorcycles. 

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 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.

20-21 Preferred Seasonal Parking Passes are now on sale. 

Preferred seasonal parking passes give access to all tiers of Squaw Valley's parking structure located by the Members Locker Room.  A refundable deposit will be charged for new parking guests for the Transponder at the time of pick-up.

2020-21 Seasonal Parking Pass
2020-21 Parking Pass$725

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

Preferred Parking FAQs

How do I pick up my transponder? 

In order to pick up your transponder, please visit the Squaw Valley ticket office with a valid ID. There is a refundable deposit of $50 required on all new transponders. 

I have my transponder from last year. Does it need to be reactivated? 

If you are renewing your transponder from last year, it will be done automatically for you. If you have any questions or issues, please visit the Squaw Valley ticket office with a valid ID.

How can I purchase my Preferred Parking pass? 

Guests can purchase online, by calling, or swinging by the office. If they are renewing guests with a transponder already, we activate their transponder for the season with no need to stop by the office. If they are a new guest, they just need to stop by the office to pick up a parking transponder. There is a $50 refundable deposit when picking up the transponder.

Does Preferred Parking sell out quickly? 

Yes! This is one of our more popular products. 

Is parking guaranteed? 

The earlier you arrive, the better. On very, very rare occasions, the parking structure will fill up on a pow day. 

My transponder doesn't seem to be working. What's going on? 

The transponder works best if located in the passenger side of your window away from window tinting, FasTrak, or any other electronic tag. It is best at a height of 4 - 5 ½ feet off the ground. It may be necessary to mount it in the lower corner of your windshield or on your visor depending on the type of vehicle. When approaching the entrance or exit, remain in your vehicle. The gates’ antennas are only activated when your car is over the magnetic reader in the concrete. When following other vehicles entering or exiting, do not piggyback while the gate is open; wait for the arm to lower and reopen. Please note: Failure to follow this instruction may end up locking you in/out of the parking complex. If you have followed all of these tips closely and are still having trouble, please come see us in the main ticket office at Squaw Valley. 

I need to leave my car in the structure overnight. Will I get ticketed? 

Parking structure hours are 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM; there is no overnight parking.  Failure to remove a vehicle at night may result in towing, booting, or ticketing. In cases of after-hours issues at the gates, please contact security at (530)-386-2538 for assistance on leaving the parking structure.

I am having a parking-related issue. Who do I contact for help? 

Please call Squaw Valley Security at (530)-452-7180. 

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Winter Driving

Winter driving conditions in the Sierra can change rapidly, leading to whiteouts, accidents, and traffic delays. 

If you simply must travel during an extreme weather period, here are some things to remember. 

  • Have extra water, food, necessary medication and warm clothing in the car with you. Be prepared to be waiting for long periods of time. 
  • Carry chains and know how to use them. 
  • Do not leave the area without a full tank of gas. 
  • Become familiar with this list of Winter Driving Tips

Squaw Alpine Conditions Information

This is where you'll find the best information on mountain conditions. 

Traffic Reduction & Parking Initiatives

Our initiatives are working! In the 2016-17 season, we had 40 days where parking was full. In 2018-19 we had only 6 days where parking was full, all with similar snow and skier visitation. See below for the full list of our continued efforts. 

Mountaineer Free Rideshare Program
At least 20,000 cars have been removed from access roads with Mountaineer. In the 18-19 season, we introduced Mountaineer in partnership with local homeowner’s associations: Mountaineer is a free, on-demand, app-based transit service available to anybody in Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. Mountaineer was tremendously successful, catching on rapidly with resort guests, local residents, and homeowners. Mountaineer provided over 81,000 rides to passengers in its first winter season and removed at least 20,000 vehicle trips from access roads in Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. New for the 2019-20 season, Mountaineer will offer extended evening hours in Squaw Valley until 10 p.m. daily, and holiday service in Alpine Meadows. In addition, two more vehicles were added to the fleet in order to meet demand and further reduce weekend wait times.
Protect Our Winters (POW) Carpool Parking
In 2018-19, 44,780 cars used Protect Our Winters POW carpool parking. Free premium POW carpool parking at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is available daily on a first-come, first-served basis for those who carpool with 3+ in their vehicle (encouraging High Occupancy Vehicle use). The program was expanded in 2018 by quadrupling the size of the POW Parking area (800 spaces in Squaw Valley, 50 in Alpine Meadows). Free courtesy shuttles are available for POW carpoolers to get to and from the base areas.
Investments in Snow Removal Equipment
In the 2019-20 season, we will be able to clear our parking lots quicker & more efficiently. Thanks to four new snow removal machines, we are able to open up more parking spaces for guests in less time. We will continue to invest in this type of equipment. 
Improved Accessibility at Squaw Valley
We have revamped the parking lot flow & signage at Squaw Valley for the 2019-20 season. In conjunction with the expanded POW Carpool parking at Squaw Valley, a redesigned parking flow was introduced, with vehicles entering on one side and exiting on the other. The design proved successful, providing smoother ingress and egress from the lot.  
Free Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) buses
As of December 12, 2019 regional TART bus service is now free. TART buses transport riders to and from Truckee, Tahoe City and beyond. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has continued its annual commitment of $125,000 and has paid for employee bus fares since 1998.
Squaw Alpine App parking notifications
We now have the ability to send notifications to Squaw Alpine app users. In order to receive notifications, you must have your notifications and location services turned on. We use this system to let our guests know when parking is full or getting close to full, so they can plan accordingly.
Truckee “Park & Ride” Program
This complimentary program is coming back for the 2019-20 season.  The resort-funded program provides complimentary off-site parking and free bus service between Truckee and Squaw Valley every 30 minutes on 24 peak days of the ski and ride season.
New two-lane entry on Squaw Valley Road
This summer, Placer County added a second lane to the entrance of Squaw Valley Road. This means that both the entry and exit have two lanes, stretching from the intersection of Highway 89 up to the Squaw Valley Fire Department. On our 30 busiest days, the Squaw Valley parking department creates two incoming traffic lanes and one outgoing traffic lane in the morning to aid traffic flow from Hwy 89 into the resort, and the reverse in the afternoon.
Six changeable message signs
This signage helps us communicate with our guests and the community. They are used to provide updates on road conditions, parking availability, traffic configurations, special events, and mountain conditions. Two are located on Hwy 89 as contracted with CalTrans, and the other two are placed on Alpine Meadows Road and Squaw Valley Road.