This article is sponsored by Alpine Meadows, home to seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes and a one-of-a-kind Ice Bar. To learn more about the authentic Alpine Meadows experience, visit SkiAlpine.com.
It might feel like summer in L.A., but ski and snowboard season is still in full swing at Alpine Meadows. In fact, the laid-back resort typically gets as much snow in April as it does in November, making Alpine the perfect spring skiing destination.
But before you pack your shades and sunscreen and set off in search of spring snow, let's take a look at what you can expect during your next ski weekend at Alpine.
Where To Ski
With nearly 2,000 feet of vertical and 2,400 skiable acres, Alpine's got a bit of something for everyone. Known for it's world class, intermediate-friendly groomers, Alpine upped the extreme ante this season by opening Firing Line, a mile-long terrain park serving up 40 features (from jibs to jumps) beginning at the top of the mountain and ending at the bottom. Add 25 percent beginner terrain, two summits and over 100 trails serviced by 13 lifts and every skier and boarder in your gang is sure to find their favorite section of the mountain.
What To Do
Of course with so much terrain you'll want to get the most out of your ski or snowboard experience. Book an Alpine Excursion in which your own guide will give you a tour of the mountain, showing you how to master steeps, chutes and find the best snow. To learn more about Alpine Excursions or to book a lesson in the ski school, click here.
No spring skiing day would be complete without a stop at the Ice Bar. Located at the base of the Sherwood Chair, this popular spot offers daily barbecued bratwurst, grilled chicken sandwiches and bottled micro-brews. It's the perfect place for a midday break or to toast a day on the slopes during some spirited apres-ski.
Where to Stay
Alpine offers free shuttle service to and from the nearby mountain town of Truckee. For an authentic experience, we suggest staying in The Cedar House Sports Hotel. This environmentally and doggy friendly hotel has 42 rooms and suites, all brimming with European charm, contemporary design and modern amenities. There's even an in-house touring company. To learn more about this cozy property and to book your stay, visit Cedarhousesporthotel.com.
To learn more about Alpine Meadows and to check on current snow conditions, visit SkiAlpine.com.