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  • 11 Sep 2023 9:44 AM | Beth Scanlan (Administrator)

    Please keep this page (regarding Evacuation Information) handy in your home and on your hand-held devices for emergency.

                                    Below is the full text:

    • Alpine Meadows is rated as a Very High Fire Severity Zone by Cal Fire so knowing what to do and what not do when conditions are ideal for a wildfire could be life-saving. 
    • A great place to start for evacuation preparedness information is Ready for Wildfire 
    • Red Flag Days -- The vast majority of out of control wildfires occur on RED FLAG days (low humidity and strong winds) which are declared for the Tahoe region by the National Weather Service in Reno 24-48 hours prior to the event. 
    • The Tahoe region falls under Zone CA272 when looking for the Fire Weather Forecast. 
    • If you are a second homeowner, Red Flag days are a good time to avoid being in the Tahoe area. If you are not able to avoid the Tahoe area on Red Flag days, use the forecast warning as an opportunity to prepare: • Make sure your vehicle is fully fueled or charged. • Have your Go Bag ready and other important items. • Have an evacuation checklist and divvy it up so each family member has a section that they check off, to make the most efficient use of time and be mentally prepared to go. • 
    • Have what you need to self-sustain for 72 hours; this is the amount of time it typically takes FEMA to stand up resources in the event of a disaster. • Clean up outside your house to protect your home from anything that an ember can catch on fire, and prepare the inside of your house. • Never turn on water/sprinklers/hoses prior to leaving; the water system will lose pressure that is desperately needed for targeted fire suppression. • Download Caltrans Quickmaps app (Apple and Android) so that you have real-time information on road closures/detours. • Add Placer County Sheriff, Placer County, CHP Truckee, and Caltrans District 3 to your social media favorites, as they will be issuing updates during an emergency. Evacuation Warnings/Orders Unless you are notified of an evacuation order, it will be up to you to determine when and where to go in case of an emergency. 
    • Due to the limited number of first responders, do not expect to have door-to-door or neighborhood notification of the need to evacuate during a wildfire. It is important to monitor the situation and notify your neighbors as you learn of an evacuation advisory and a mandatory evacuation order. 
    • Follow the directions of law enforcement for voluntary and mandatory evacuation, but don’t ignore gut instinct. If you feel uneasy, it’s better to leave early than to be stuck due to waiting too long. • An evacuation warning is a potential threat to life and/or property and will be issued to the extent time allows. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave. • An evacuation order is an immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave. The area is lawfully closed to public access. Follow the direction of law enforcement, regardless of where they send you as that is where the roadways and resources will be available to support evacuees. 
    • Evacuating Alpine Meadows could take hours due to the congestion on SR 89. Consider leaving early rather than waiting for an evacuation order. 
    • Evacuation information will be communicated through Placer Alerts, but you must sign up to receive notifications. 
    • Information will also be broadcast on local radio stations so be sure to have a battery-operated radio. 
    • If it is not possible to safely exit Alpine Meadows, and you determine your home would not be safe from fire, go to an area that has little to no combustible material. 
    • Placer County Sheriff and North Tahoe Fire have determined the Alpine Meadows ski area parking lot would be a temporary safe refuge, only to be used as a last resort. When you are in your car in an area with fire/ smoke it is important to: • Turn on your lights, so others can see you (this will illuminate your taillights, daytime running lights will not). • Leave your windows closed. • Turn on the air recirculation so that smoke does not enter the vehicle. • Keep an N95 in your glove box in the event you need more airway protection than recirculation can offer. • Wear cotton clothing with long sleeves, long pants, boots, goggles and a cap. Synthetic clothes can melt. Videos and Resources for Evacuation and Emergency Preparedness In September 2021, 
    • Palisades Tahoe hosted a virtual evacuation drill for Olympic Valley. Watch the video for good information for both valleys,, and check out their website for additional information. August 2023, Eastern Placer County held an Evacuation and Emergency Preparedness Town Hall. You can watch the recording,, to learn more about the County’s Office of Emergency Services, how the local agencies coordinate and cooperate to provide mutual aid, and what you need to do to prepare yourself, your family and your home.
  • 7 Sep 2023 8:37 AM | Beth Scanlan (Administrator)

    The Alpine Meadows Valley-Wide meeting was held on Saturday,  September 2nd.  Please take some time to listen to this important recording. The link also includes a transcript. Speakers include: Cindy Gustafson, our Placer County District Supervisor,  Dan Alvey, of the National Forest Foundation, Troy Caldwell, White Wolf, and many other dedicated community leaders.


  • 25 Aug 2023 9:26 AM | Beth Scanlan (Administrator)

    Please join your community members for the annual Labor Day Progressive Dinner.  Please look for the Evite, and kindly respond. Thank you!


    Saturday, September 2, 2023
    4:00 PM PT


    Appetizers at 2240 Bear Creek Dr, Dinner at The Pond, Desserts at 2065 Big John Road

  • 25 Aug 2023 9:21 AM | Beth Scanlan (Administrator)

    Please join your larger Alpine Meadows community members. There will be updates and representations from various valley organizations, and each of the valley communities -- BCA, Juniper Mountain, AME and Troy Caldwell/WhiteWolf. 

  • 27 Aug 2022 9:00 AM | Beth Scanlan (Administrator)

    BCA Community!  Please join us for Bear Creek’s Annual Progressive Dinner    4:00 pm, Saturday, Sept 3rd, 2022

    4:00 pm Appetizers, 6:00 pm Main Course, 8:00 pm Dessert.

    Details on location, homes and food assignments can be found on the member's only-section of this website. : 

  • 15 Jul 2022 12:23 PM | Beth Scanlan (Administrator)

    Bear Creek honors the life of Wendy Brody, a long-time resident of Bear Creek. Wendy will be remembered for her warm and outgoing nature, her devotion to others, her athleticism in sports such as skiing and hiking, and her dedication to charitable organizations. She carried herself with grace, always wearing her signature red lipstick even while tackling a challenging wilderness hike. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by her son, John Brody (who lives here in Alpine Meadows) as well as her daughter Ingrid, son in law Justin and grandchildren William, Elina and Isla.

    As remembered by BCA resident Brian Todd, ‘Wendy was on the tree committee here in Bear Creek, and would stay up for most of the summer.  She loved it up here. She was an incredible walker and thought nothing of walking to Paige Meadows with her dog, from her house.  When I walked with her, she would often wait for me to catch up.  I will miss her very much.  She was one of those people who always saw the bright things about life and didn't get down by things that were a challenge’.

    Below is a bit more about Wendy and her life.

    Wendy grew up in Stockton, CA and learned to ski on trips with her family to the mountains around Lake Tahoe. As we know, Wendy would later return to these mountains, spending summer and winter vacations and hosting friends and family at her home in Bear Creek.

    Wendy was a trailblazer in the early 70’s. Her career as an economist included work at SRI in Palo Alto and the Social Security Administration in Washington DC. While there, in 1974, she authored a classic study titled ‘The Economic Value of a Housewife’ that was used to compute the economic contribution of people who were not directly in the workforce. This published work can be found on the web.

    Wendy was an extraordinary volunteer and community builder. Amongst her contributions were: co-founding the Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto, CA, and over the span of 40 years, serving as a board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the La Jolla Music Society, the Walters Museum (Baltimore) and Mills College (her alma mater).  John Hopkins University built the Brody Learning Commons, dedicated to Wendy and her ex-husband Bill’s contributions to the university.

    Wendy contributed so much to her family, friends, and communities. She is deeply missed by all.

    The above material was partially excerpted from Wendy’s memorial piece. With thanks to Brian Todd for providing additional detail.

  • 10 Jul 2022 9:04 PM | Beth Scanlan (Administrator)

    2022 Wildfire Evacuation Drill

    Saturday, July 16

    9:30 a.m.

    Alpine Meadows Parking Lot #4


    Practice, practice, practice…the best way to prepare for a mandatory evacuation is to practice. Please join us and practice a situation where there has been a mandatory evacuation order.

    A mandatory evacuation order is issued and you have 15-30 minutes to leave, what do you do?

    ·       Dress in cotton clothing (long-sleeved shirt and pants) and boots/hiking shoes;

    ·       Review your evacuation checklist;

    ·       Grab your “Go” bag; and

    ·       Join us at in the ski area parking lot.

    We will hear from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department and North Tahoe Fire Protection District about evacuating from Alpine Meadows in case of a wildfire. They will share what was learned from the Caldor Fire and the evacuation of South Lake Tahoe.

    Please see Cal Fire’s evacuation guide to help you prepare for wildfire:

    Questions? Please contact



  • 30 Jun 2022 9:22 PM | Beth Scanlan (Administrator)

    From the Bear Creek Social Committee:

    “We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday afternoon for the annual BCA BBQ at the Pond. Please feel free to bring a beverage to share and plan to stick around after dinner for live music starting about 6:30. If you haven't sent a check in yet, you can now pay for by Venmo -- @BearCrk”

      -- $30 per person, children under age 5 are free

  • 5 Jun 2022 9:00 PM | Beth Scanlan (Administrator)

    It's BBQ time at the Pond! 

    Please bring your favorite beverage to share

    ...and this year, we've added an after party with live music by acoustic duo, Carson & Reed.  Music will run from about 6:30 to 9:00. (Bring yout lawn chairs and bug spray!)

    RSVP by June 27th$35/person & children under 5/free, for payments recieved by June 27th.

    $40/person & children under 5/free, for payments recieved after June 27th,

    mail payment to: 


    c/o Granite Peak Management, 

    150 Alpine Meadows Road, #1,

    Alpine Meadows CA 96146  

    (write "BBQ" in the memo line)

     Looking forward to seeing everyone!

  • 7 Jun 2021 7:06 AM | Beth Scanlan (Administrator)

    Annual Bear Creek Association BBQ July 3, 2021 @ 4:00pm Bear Creek Pond

    Good food by Treats -- Great people -- Music

    Please RSVP by June 28

    Detach the stub and mail with your payment;

    --  $30/adult, $15/ child for payments received by June 28    --- $35/adult, $20 /child for payments received after June 28 Make your Check Payable to Bear Creek Association {please write “BBQ” in the memo line of your check)       Bear Creek Association c/o Granite Peak Management   150 Alpine Meadows Road, #1 Alpine Meadows, CA 96146

    Name______________________________________________________ # ADULTS _____@ $30 PER ADULT =$____________      # CHILDREN ___@ $15 PER CHILD = $____________ TOTAL PAYMENT = $___________

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