Alpine Meadows To Build Natural Park Features


Alpine Meadows Sees Forest for the Trees;
Resort's Terrain Park Designer Unveils New, Natural Terrain Features

Tahoe City, CA – Alpine Meadows Ski Resort will embark upon a completely updated plan for its ski and snowboard terrain parks for winter 2009/2010.  The mountain's terrain park designer will offer new park features throughout several trails at the upper mountain; and design them in a manner which mimics existing, natural terrain.

Traditionally built on two designated runs near the base lodge (Kangaroo intermediate trail and Tiegel beginner trail), the purpose of diversifying the park's real estate is multi-pronged:

"The idea of incorporating features into the mountain's natural topography is a perfect, clear fit at Alpine Meadows," explained Jonahs David, Alpine Meadows terrain park designer and manager.  "Alpine Meadows is world renowned for its natural terrain; why not represent that great aspect in our park features?  The majority of our skiers and riders spend as much of their time exploring all 2400 acres as they do the parks; and in the way a guest can find steeps, moguls, chutes, or spines anywhere on the mountain, we want guests to be able to try a park feature on other areas of the mountain," he added.

Additionally, the new terrain park design will allow for more of a traditional, groomed trail as well as ski and snowboard race events to be available on Kangaroo Run, which has been reserved solely for terrain park use in the past.  "The new park plan is appealing in that our park designer and staff can build terrain features which blend with the natural banks, rollers, and mountain layout.  That type of design is certainly a growing trend within our industry; but it is a true fit for Alpine Meadows," said Kent Hoopingarner, Alpine Meadows general manager.  "Every guest will enjoy every part of the mountain," he added.

Skiers and riders can look forward to additional park features dispersed throughout portions of Kangaroo, Boomerang, and Tiegel trails (via Kangaroo double, Roundhouse high speed quad, and Hot Wheels triple chairs); as well as lower Palisades, Terry's Return, and Loop Road (via Summit Six high speed six passenger chair and Alpine Bowl double chair).  "You will be able to ride one of the best mountains, blast jumps, and slide rails in the same run," added Jonahs David, who incidentally, enjoys High Traverse at Alpine Meadows as much as he enjoys a flawless step-down jump in the advanced park.

Ranked as one of the country's top winter resorts, Alpine Meadows is situated in the picturesque Tahoe National Forest and offers skiers and snowboarders 2,400 acres of terrain.  With 14 lifts, more than 100 trails, and majestic views of Lake Tahoe, Alpine Meadows is accessed via Interstate 80, 45 miles west of Reno, NV and 200 miles east of San Francisco, CA.  Alpine Meadows' parent company is San Francisco, California based JMA Ventures, LLC.  JMA is a full service real estate investment firm, serving as managing member of over $500 million in existing projects. Visit or call 530-583-4232 for more information about Alpine Meadows.