tygrubb wrote:Thanks for all the great responses. Bought my Squaw/Alpine Meadows pass the other day and will definitely have to check out some of the other good hikes/backcountry.
So jealous. It's the first year those 2 resorts have combined resources/access. It will probably create more skier traffic/development at AM.
Squaw has legendary terrain with everything "in-bounds" (no BC gates or BC access allowed) with easy hiking but tons of remote/hidden areas to explore. Squaw can ski out quickly but it's a major rush to be there when it happens. You will be shoulder to shoulder with some of the world's elite extreme skiers/boarders on a powder day at Squaw.
AM allows you quick and full access to the surrounding backcountry with the exception of the "jail chutes" aka the private resort area, White Wolf. It's the connecting terrain between Squaw/AM located off the backside of KT22. It's the last piece of a large real estate deal that would fully connect the 2 areas. Be sure to check out AM's surrounding BC areas like the "Munchkins" and "Little Alaska." You should definitely partner up for those exits into the BC. But you can safely solo hike off the AM six-pack in many different directions and you will still be able to score powder lines for days.
I hope another big snow year is on tap for NorCal and Colorado. It's feast or famine there in terms of snow conditions. Congrats on being one of the first to have the new Squaw/AM pass. Truly epic.