The lowdown on some of our favorite resorts

ALPINE MEADOWS: A local favorite

Alpine Meadows’ seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes, and authentic hospitality are among the many attributes that have made the resort a favorite of the local community and visitors alike. Alpine Meadows offers skiers and riders access to more than 100 trails across 2,400 skiable acres serviced by 13 lifts. With its high annual snowfall, the resort boasts one of Tahoe’s longest skiing and boarding seasons. www.skialpine.com

BEAR VALLEY: The friendliest mountain in the west

Bear Valley Mountain is located in the Central Sierra between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe on National Scenic Byway Highway 4. Bear Valley is known for its warm, welcoming staff, affordable ticket prices, a variety of terrain, and a commitment to providing the ultimate mountain experience. The ski and board area offers 1,680 acres of varied terrain, more than 70 trails, two terrain …