Squaw Valley and Alipine Medows Ski Resorts Great Places to Spend the Upcoming Ski Season

It is never too early to start planning your ski trip during ski season. Whether you are an occasional skier who takes one or two trips a season, or an aspiring professional skiier, they have the amenities that you are looking for. The two resorts are combinined which means that a single ticket gets skiiers access to both resorts.

The two resorts are located near picturesque Lake Tahoe, and have plenty to offer skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Between the two resorts, there are over 6,200 acres of ski trails. If the two resorts are combined into one mega-resort they make up the largest resort in America, and the second largest in North America. That includes 43 lifts and over 270 trails rated at beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Squaw Valley has six peaks, with Granite Peak being the hightest at 9,050 ft tall. Alpine Meadows is slightly smaller, with only 13 lifts and 100 trails but due to its unique geopgraphy, generally has a longer ski season than other Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

Between the two resorts there is plenty of opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. They also have plenty of other unique features as well. Squaw Valley has an ariel tramway that rises rises 2,000 ft to High Camp, and is 8,200 ft above sea level. Alpine Meaodows is best known for its family friendly atmosphere and its unique Chalet-style lodges.

Both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley have undergone some major improvements since Andrew Wirth became the CEO of these resorts. In 2010, Wirth took over the resort and helped oversee a $70 million upgrade and the a mirger with its sister resort Alpine Valley. In order to make this possible, Wirth used his experience and considerable skills gained in the ski resort industry to help make Alpine Meadow and Squaw Valley ski resorts the primier skiing desitinations for knowledgeable skiiers.

Before becoming CEO of Alpine Medows and Squaw Valley Ski Resorts, Andy Wirth worked at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, where he began as an intern in 1986. He worked there for more than 20 years, gaining expereience in nearly every role the resort had to offer. He also has considerable experiece as a ranger and wilderness guide, and has served as the chairman of the board of directors for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.