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Alpine Meadows — Mountain layout

Mountain Layout—Skiing

Here are larger, more detailed maps of the main mountain and back bowls.

Expert: Alpine Meadows has plenty of great bowl skiing and enough steeps to keep hearts in throats. Here’s a route suggestion: Take the Summit Six and descend into the expert Wolverine Bowl, Beaver Bowl and Estelle Bowl (to the right as you ascend), then take the Summit Six again and cruise into the upper-blue territory of the Alpine Bowl. Finally, take the Alpine Bowl Chair and traverse to the Sherwood Bowls on the back side, or take the High Yellow Traverse to the Saddle Bowl. When you come up the Sherwood Chair, drop down Our Father—and you can say a few en route—then head to Scott Chair and try out Scott Chute for a direct plunge, or take it easy on tree-lined roundabouts. The Promised Land has great tree skiing for top skiers.

Advanced: Take your warm-up in Alpine Bowl, staying to skier’s right on Rock Garden and Yellow Trail as you cruise down to the Hot Wheels chair. Then head for the Back Bowls. If there’s a line at Hot Wheels, you also can reach the bowls via the Scott Chair through the blue-square Lakeview area to Ray’s Rut. Depending on your mood, you can stay on the groomed Sherwood run to check out the scene, or traverse to the steeper Sherwood Face or South Face. You may want to stay here all day—one of our staffers did.

Intermediate: Options exist off every chair, but the vast majority of intermediate terrain is off the Roundhouse, Lakeview and Yellow chairs. Lakeview, on the back side, is solid blue. When comfortable here, ride the Summit Six and descend Alpine Bowl. Be forewarned that on a stormy day, when whiteout conditions may occur, it’s a bit of a challenge to find a marked intermediate run. Scott Ridge, off the Scott Chair is another good choice. Weasel Run, off the Hot Wheels Chair, is an intermediate family ski area.

Plenty of terrain for this level off these lifts: Alpine Bowl, Roundhouse and Lakeview. The terrain off the Kangaroo lift is a short intermediate run, but much of it is devoted to race programs and terrain parks. All this activity creates a narrow descent—a challenge for some intermediates.

Beginner: The Meadow and Subway chairs are dedicated to beginners.

First-timer: This level has a small but sheltered area close to the base lodge. The terrain is quite gentle and seldom used by better skiers.