With an average annual snowfall of 450 inches and 300 sunny days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the Spring Skiing Capital of the U.S., with corn snow well into July in good years. The two sprawling ski areas (Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are technically separate), connected via a 15-minute shuttle, encompass 6,000 acres. Squaw is the stomping ground of hard-charging pros while Alpine is known for its crowd-free, hike-to back bowls. Stellar Lake Tahoe views and killer intermediate and expert terrain can be accessed quicker than ever at Alpine Meadows via Treeline Cirque. The new high-speed quad whisks skiers and riders from the base area to the top of Sherwood Cliffs in just five minutes. And Squaw’s rowdy après scene gets a new addition this season with the debut of Tram Car, a cocktail bar within a restored '70s-era Squaw tram cabin.