Best for: Those who live for spring
Let’s be honest, Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows could qualify as No. 1 on every type of Tahoe skier’s hit list. The combined resorts’ sprawling terrain amounts to a mind-boggling 245 ski runs, with beginner slopes stretching broadly across the mid-mountain region, chutes, and steeps (regularly hosting annual extreme competitions) both jutting into the village and accessible from the summit and wide open cruisers everywhere. Squaw Valley and Alpine Valley are technically one resort, and you can ski both with the same lift ticket, but they're about a 20 minute drive from one another one two sides of the same mountain ridge.
Alpine Meadows is the more family friendly of the two, whereas Squaw Village emanates a distinctive Swiss Alps vibe, with a massive village that sizzles from afternoon into late night. You gotta check out the retro ski-lined bar at Le Chamois, try to grab fresh seafood and wine at Plumpjack Café, or hit up Fireside for everyone’s favorite pizza.
Spring is truly when Squaw shines, however, as it is known to stay open into June and, as the days get longer, offers the rare, unforgettable opportunity to soak in a giant, mid-mountain hot tub to a soundtrack of live DJ tunes with dozens of like-minded spring fever seekers.