HALF MOON BAY, Calif., February 4, 2013 — Breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, sweet Sierra skiing and easy proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area are only some of the reasons to pack your bags and head off to Tahoe’s North Shore this winter, while the snow is still good. If it’s been a while since your last trip to the slopes at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, it’s time to consider a return visit.
Because both resorts have merged operations, there’s only one mountain pass to worry about. Shuttles connect Squaw and Alpine, so you don’t have to think about driving yourself. Between Squaw’s 3,600 skiable acres spread across six peaks and Alpine’s 2,400 acres for skiing, there are plenty of options for skiers of all levels of experience. At the moment, I’m still an intermediate skier, and after two days, I felt I had plenty of trails to play on.
Home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley’s miles of groomed trails, wide-open bowls, big beginner areas, world-renowned steeps, and manicured terrain parks and pipes offer a wealth of ways to fill your day. Improve your skills with a lesson or just hit the slopes yourself and have fun. Don’t skip a look at the events calendar for everything from competitions to ski adventures to après specials.
If you’re a Starbucks fan, make sure to visit North America’s first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks, right at Gold Coast. Even if you decide to take a day off from skiing, there are plenty of other things to do, from snowshoeing to dog sledding.
Be sure to work in equal time for turns at Alpine Meadows. Aside from its varied-level trails, the terrain park has expanded to an entire mile-long park run, making it the longest terrain park run in the Tahoe region. Continue your ski school lessons here with kids and adult programs as well as private lessons. Always wanted to learn to telemark? You can do that here too. As with Squaw, a handful of events mark the calendar every week.
Take advantage of the great season thus far and head out to the Left Coast for some quality skiing. I’ll return in the spring for an update.
Where To Stay
If Squaw Valley is high on your ski list this winter, the best ski-in/ski-out luxury accommodation is the Resort at Squaw Creek. Much more than a convenient place to access both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, the resort is also a sweet spot to relax when you’re off the mountain.
Don’t miss the opportunity to chill out après-ski in one of the resort’s hot tubs or at Sandy’s Pub.
The hotel’s 405 guest rooms range from deluxe rooms to fireside suites to bi-level penthouses. All rooms have at least a full bath, LCD flat-screen TV, robes, hair dryer, coffee maker, and refrigerator. Suites and penthouse rooms have resort kitchens and gas fireplaces. Rates at the hotel start at $229 per night, and vary depending on type of room and time of year.
Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on dangerjillrobinson.com and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.
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