Alpine Meadows brags about the great laid back feel but that disappeared years ago when it changed ownership and began allowing snowboarding. Now it is a punk mecca with brutal rudeness on powder days. The biggest bummer now is the 9am opening (a cost cutting move) and chaos that ensues, don't be suckered into buying the preferred parking and line cutting promotion, it isn't for real. Plan your ski day at Kirkwood, Sugarbowl or Squaw. You've been warned!