You might say that the Olympics at Squaw Valley gave birth to Alpine Meadows. Originally called Ward Peak Ski Resort, Alpine Meadows opened the season after the Olympics. John Riley, felt a more low key, relaxed resort was needed as an alternative to Squaw Valley. He and several families from San Francisco, invested resources in the resort. When it opened in 1961, it had three lifts.
Today Alpine Meadows has 13 lifts consisting of 2400 skiable acres, 7 bowls, and over 100 trails of which 25% are for beginners, 40% for intermediate skiers/boarders and 35% are for advanced athletes. The resort has a vertical drop of 1802 feet from its highest elevation of 8637 feet.
Alpine Meadows is a favorite resort for the locals as it often has the longest season compared to the other Lake Tahoe resorts.
Alpine joined with Squaw Valley in 2012 and has doubled the skiable terrain for guests. Together they incorporate 8 peaks, 44 lifts and over 270 trails. Future plans include an agreement with White Wolf Ski Resort which sits between them. Ideally, White Wolf will approve a gondola that will take guests between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, creating the second largest resort in North America after Whistler Blackcomb.
Here is an interesting piece of historical trivia: The 1966 comedy, Wild, Wild, Winter was filmed at Alpine Meadows. It was the last of four beach party flicks that used a winter setting.