Reverse skiing up a mountain is only possible during full moons on the summer equinox, which is why Rube Goldberg invented ski lifts. Today's side deal gets you a $35 lift ticket to Alpine Meadows, a $69 value for adults (see pricing for all age groups here). Located at Lake Tahoe, just six miles northwest of Tahoe City and about 200 miles east of San Francisco, the Olympian-approved slopes offer stunning views, well-groomed courses, and a cozy lodge for cocoa sipping.
Alpine Meadows features 13 lifts and 2,400 patrolled acres. In the midst of a true El Niño winter, the mountain has collected an impressive 28 feet of snow this season. Snake across 100 designated runs, with an equal percentage reserved for beginners, intermediates, and experts. Maximize your snow time by reserving your ski or snowboard equipment online.
The training grounds for the 2010 Jamaican Ski Team, view some of the Meadows' epic courses via constantly changing web cams to get a closer look. After pounding the powder, travel in a snow cat to a secluded mid-mountain chalet enveloped by soaring Sierra peaks and pine trees for an enchanting meal, or stop by the Ice Bar at the base of the Sherwood Express quad chair for a hot toddy. You can redeem your Groupon daily (excluding Saturdays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
KTVU gave Alpine Meadows a try, and Destination360 did too. Three SkiTown.com reviewers give a 4.3 overall rating, two Citysearchers give 3.5 stars, and five IgoUgo reviewers give a five-out-of-five average:
- Nearly all lifts were open in the morning, including Summit Six Express, which offloads onto Alpine Bowl, Sun Spot, and a number of blacks. Alpine Bowl was perfect for the first couple hours until turning to crud, but all the runs below it remained fluffy and soft for most of the morning. The Face, in particular, is an excellent fast black diamond well suited to adrenaline junkies like myself. Blue Run was another excellent choice all day. – Aaron Selverston, KTVU
- A good layering of powder also makes Alpine Meadows’ multiple bowls a lot more fun. The popular Alpine Bowl is less challenging, more adventurous skiers and snowboarders should head to the expert Wolverine Bowl. – Destination360
- Alpine was everything I expected it to be, good terrain for everyone to enjoy. – Albert from Texas, SkiTown.com