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Resort: Alpine Meadows

Country: USA

Author: hd

Date: Saturday 23 January 2010

Our holiday: Annual trip with 2 powder hungry snowboarding mates to North America. We have toured the Alps extensively and are now looking for new challenges across the pond. Previously in NA we have visited Panorama, Lake Louise, Whitefish and Fernie.

Basics: We visited Alpine on a day trip from Squaw Valley which was our base for a 10 day Lake Tahoe holiday. Alpine is a 15 minute drive from Squaw Valley.

Lift system: Mixture of fast and slow chair lifts. No footrests Sad

The snow: Superb. We were there towards the end of a monster storm that dumped a total of 250cms. Moreover the snow was much less tracked than at next-door Squaw and we scored loads of freshies in spite of visiting on the busiest day of the season so far.

The terrain: Alpine was one of the most fun mountains I have ridden. Difficult to put a finger on exactly why but I much preferred it to Squaw. The whole area felt like a big playground for snowboarders. Although the quoted area is not huge (about 2000 acres) it felt like there were endless places to explore. We only scratched the surface on our day trip. The gradient of the whole of the upper mountain was perfect for us i.e. steep. No flat spots.

Costs: Weekend day ticket = $69. There are various deals available midweek if you look on websites such as Sliding On The Cheap and Liftopia.

Conclusion: Loved it. Would definitely go back. 9/10

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