You haven’t skied Tahoe until you’ve skied Squaw-Alpine. Iconic terrain that’s the stuff of written legend—literally. (Robb Gaffney’s Squallywood, seriously.) Enough terrain to satisfy everyone in the group, especially since the addition of Alpine Meadows in 2011. And the cute, compact Village at Squaw serves up all the vacation must-haves: sushi joint Suko Yama, Rocker@Squaw for cold brews and good company, Uncorked for the oenophiles.
But can we get back to the terrain for a minute? It’s legit, from the steeply pitched vert off KT-22 to the hike-to terrain from the Headwall chair, experts can perfect their craft here. And we haven’t even scratched the surface on the Alpine side. That’s right. Drop into the Pacific Crest Bowls, where a short hike brings you to some of Tahoe’s best—and most undiscovered—wide-open bowls that funnel down into some seriously gnarly chutes and cliffs.
So what about the rest of us? When the storm clouds part and the Cali sun shines through, Squaw Alpine offers some of the best family skiing around. Dip into the blue glades off Shirley, lean into your carve on Big Blue’s groomers. Or just grab a fresh-baked cookie at Wildflour. No one will judge. - Sam Berman
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CHALLENGE You know Squaw’s classic lines— North Bowl, The Slot, anything off KT-22. Now check out Alpine’s back bowls.
TERRAIN VARIETY What happens when two diverse resorts come together? Terrain for all kinds of skiers.