California, United States
Alpine Meadows, California is a ski resort located near Squaw Valley at Northern Lake Tahoe in California. The resort has 11 chairlifts and 2 surface lifts covering 2,000 acres (8 km²) of terrain. Alpine has a vertical drop of 1,800 ft (550 m) with a top elevation of 8,637 feet (2,633 m). Minimal accommodations are available at the resort itself, so most people opt for a hotel at Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Donner Pass, or Truckee.
On March 31, 1982, one of the most deadly and destructive avalanches to hit a U.S. ski area struck Alpine Meadows. Seven people perished when a large natural avalanche over-ran and destroyed the building housing the ski area's avalanche control command post.
Role in California legal history
On April 11, 1991, two friends were skiing at Alpine and collided with each other. The resulting lawsuit went to the Supreme Court of California, which ruled on November 24, 1997 that skiers in California assume the risk of each other's negligence (but can be potentially liable for reckless skiing). See Cheong v. Antablin, 16 Cal. 4th 1063 (1997).
2007 change of ownership
JMA ventures, owners of the Homewood mountain on Tahoe's west shore, recently purchased Alpine Meadows from the previous owners, Powdr Corp. The sale was finalized in July 2007.
Jamaican Ski Team
Alpine Meadows is home to the Jamaican Ski Team, represented by Errol Kerr, a resident of Truckee, who has dual citizenship of the USA and Jamaica.