Playing With the Alpine Meadows Dogs in Lake Tahoe, California
Alpine Meadows has a down-to-earth vibe, friendly service, and awesome terrain, including an open boundary to the surrounding backcountry (weather permitting). The locals’ favorite mountain, it’s also the unofficial telemarking hub of the Sierra Nevada. Best of all, there’s no glitz: you won’t see any fur, and you’ll likely spot somebody skiing in Levi’s, just like in the 1970s. And because it’s part of the Lake Tahoe watershed, there are no fancy-pants real-estate developments at the base area, just a lodge. How refreshing. On the slopes, expect wide-open bowls – some groomed, some not. If you’re an expert, you’ll find plenty of steeps and glades to keep your heart racing. When it’s time to kick back, head for the Ice Bar, a tiny order-at-the-window snack bar with outdoor seating in the snow. Bring your camera to the top of the Lakeview chair and pose for pics with Alpine’s famous, super-cute ski-patrol pooches.