Alpine Meadows Ski Resort Professional Review and Guide
"Alpine Meadows rests on the southeast edge of the 1.2 million-acre Tahoe National Forest. Elevations climb from around 1,500 feet in the western foothills to more than 9,000 feet at the Sierra Crest. Landscapes are mixed, and depending on altitude, expect to find everything from chaparral and Ponderosa pine at the lower and mid elevations to lodgepole pine and manzanita at the subalpine elevation. Above timberline, look for vast volcanic bowls of virgin powder strewn with mule deer, bighorn sheep, and gray fox tracks. Tahoe National Forest, designated in 1907, is one of the most historically significant of the national forests, having hosted the 1849 Gold Rush and having served as the gateway through which most emigrants gained entry into California. Native Americans have used what is now know as Donner Pass for thousands of years. It was through this nearby natural turnpike that the ill-fated Donner Party of 1846–1847 met their demise. Tucked on the edge of this vast and wild land, the Alpine Meadows/Donner Summit area receives some of the deepest snows in North America."