Squaw, Alpine to open early
With almost two feet of snow over the last week at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, both resorts plan to open ahead of schedule, weather and conditions permitting. Optimal snowmaking temperatures and around the clock commitment from the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows snowmaking team have made early opening a reality. Alpine Meadows will open for the season at 9 a.m. Nov. 12, more than a month ahead of the originally scheduled opening date of Dec. 11. Alpine Meadows plans to operate Kangaroo Chair as well as limited dining offerings.
Squaw Valley will open for the season on Nov. 14, 11 days ahead of the original opening date of Nov. 25. Squaw Valley plans to operate Gold Coast Express and offer limited dining at Gold Coast Complex. In celebration of opening, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will host Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation Scholarship Day on Nov. 14, during which the entire lift ticket cost, priced at $29, will be donated to ski team scholarship funding. SAF is a non-profit dedicated to supporting and enhancing the snow sports experience in the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows community. SAF’s programs focus in the areas of education, scholarships, infrastructure, facilities, and community advocacy.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has invested $8 million in snowmaking over the last five years, and this year will engage 17 new high-efficiency snowmaking guns to provide a quality snow surface for the 2015-16 ski and ride season. These efforts will supplement the natural snowfall from what is forecast to be an above average winter season.
Skiers and riders looking to take full advantage of this season’s snowfall can purchase the Tahoe Super Pass starting at $429 for adults, and gain access to 6,000 acres, 42 lifts and over 270 trails at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. While supplies last, Tahoe Super Pass Silver and Gold passholders will receive the Worry Free Guarantee: those who don’t ski or ride at least five days on this season’s pass will be credited up to four days towards their 2016-17 pass.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned ski resort in North Lake Tahoe that spans over 6,000 skiable acres. The resort features 42 lifts and 270 trails, as well as the European-inspired Village at Squaw Valley featuring nearly 60 bars, restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. Snowfall averages 450 inches, providing one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe, and establishing Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows as a top destination for spring skiing and boarding. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows also boasts one of the region’s only mountain-top beginner areas and several intermediate skier havens including Shirley Lake and the newly renamed Pacific Crest Bowls.