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Open Road Endless Stoke – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

This article was produced in partnership with Ikon Pass, which encourages you to own the stoke across California’s other iconic resorts, including Big Bear, Mammoth and June Mountain.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, where the views match the terrain.

To the north, road-trippers can escape the crowded metro bay area and discover the immense open spaces of Tahoe’s finest, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Where Squaw Valley’s spirit of adventure makes it one of North America’s most renowned ski resorts, Alpine Meadows, standing just next door, is known for its down-home feel, approachable hospitality, wide-open bowls, and breathtaking lake views. To get there, lock into I-80, get up to speed, and keep an eye out for these stops that will top off your 3.5-hour road trip.

Upon arriving at SVAM, strap in and dig into one of the most renowned ski destinations in the Lake Tahoe-area. With 6,000-plus acres to explore, there’s a veritable smorgasbord of tasty lines and big-mountain terrain to ride. For an unmatched view, head up the back bowls at Alpine Meadows from the Sherwood lift. What you’ll find is wide open terrain and ranging pitches, all with unique views of Lake Tahoe.

On The Road to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows:

Jelly Belly Candy Company

Get things started with a certified sugar rush from the Jelly Belly Candy Company factory store. The free, ¼ mile self-guided tour above the factory unlocks a bird’s eye view at the candy-making process. Along the way, engage with interactive exhibits and games, and browse the one-and-only Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Art Gallery. Once you know how the bean is jellied, take a spin through the Jelly Belly Candy Store and load up on limited jellybean flavors for the road.

The Johnny Cash Trail

When the sugar rush becomes a sugar crash, make a stop at the Johnny Cash Folsom Lake Trail, located just outside of the state Capital, Sacramento. Lace-up your running shoes and get the blood moving on this brand-new pedestrian trail, beautifully inspired by the architecture of nearby Folsom Prison. Eventually, this 6.3-mile loop will feature eight larger-than-life public art pieces, each celebrating a piece of the Johnny Cash story, his connection to Folsom Prison, and his infamous musical career. As the bumper sticker says, “God Bless Johnny Cash.”

Ikeda’s Country Market

When the post-run hunger starts to hit, turn into Ikeda’s Country Market, located just off I-80 in Auburn. Keep the stop a short quick-strike mission to load up on pies of every flavor, from sweet fruits to savory pot pies, by the slice or whole. As this stop will prove, pie makes for the perfect travel snack for those on the go.

Donner Pass Summit Tunnels

Discover a unique, historic man-made wonder just outside the town of Truckee. The Donner Pass Summit tunnels are a well-earned stop for intrepid hikers and snowshoers. Featuring multiple spectacles to explore – tunnels #6, #7 and #8, and the Snow Shed – carve out time for a hike through these dark landscapes. With dramatic lighting pouring in through endpoints and cracks in the wall, the stop is an uncanny experience.

Stay Ready For Stoke

Across California and beyond, with destinations coast-to-coast, now is the time to call the crew and plan out your season of stoke. With of endless adventure at Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort, June Mountain, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, winter 21/22 is yours to own.