Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is in year five of a five-year, $70 million renaissance, which has brought new chairlifts, an iconic yoga studio and the world’s first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks to the mountains. This ski season Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ups the ante yet again with a newly combined smartphone app, guide programs that get skiers and snowboarders on more of the mountain than ever before, as well as new on-mountain dining experiences and world-class events.
Siberia Express Replacement
The Siberia Express chairlift, one of the most popular lifts at Squaw Valley, is currently being replaced in an effort to enhance the on-mountain guest experience for the 2015-16 winter season and beyond. The high-speed quad will be replaced with a high-speed six-passenger chairlift to improve reliability, efficiency, and operational effectiveness. The Siberia Express lift is primarily used by intermediate and advanced level skiers and riders to access Siberia Bowl, Mainline and the Mainline Terrain Park, as well as the sprawling Gold Coast area. The lift is being constructed in the same location and will open at the start of the 2015-2016 season.
Providing the Best Snow Surfaces in the Region
Two PistenBully 600 winch cats will join the grooming fleet at Alpine Meadows. In keeping with the mountain’s longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship, these “powerhouse” machines allow for maximum ground coverage and high angle grooming while providing approximately 40 percent fuel savings over current machines. With the new cats, skiers and riders can expect high quality grooming on Alpine’s signature slopes like Alpine Bowl, Sherwood and Wolverine.
At Squaw Valley, a new PistenBully 400 Park Pro joins the fleet. This machine will allow the terrain park crew to perfect takeoffs, kickers and landings. The versatility of this machine will ensure continued creativity and impeccable contouring. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is committed to providing improved and expanded groomed terrain and the addition of these new machines, along with a highly tenured Mountain Operations crew, means more impeccably groomed runs, man-made terrain features and high angle groomed runs.
Improved and Expanded Snowmaking
Alpine Meadows has added five new HKD SV10 high-efficiency snowmaking guns, allowing the resort to expand snowmaking on the lower portion of the very popular Summit run. These guns were awarded by a grant from the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Sustainable Slopes Grant Program and HKD Snowmakers. Recipients are selected based on demonstrated commitment to sustainability and energy conservation. The added snowmaking in this location will allow for more consistent snow surfaces and early-season snowmaking.
Squaw Valley added high-capacity snowmaking fan guns at key lifts that will allow the resort to improve its lift access ramps and the lift-loading process. Lifts slated for new snowmaking to support the loading areas include: Big Blue, Siberia and Headwall.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is making it easier than ever for skiers and snowboarders to commit to the purchase of next winter’s season pass. The resort is offering an unprecedented “Worry-Free Guarantee” to those who purchase the 2015-16 Gold or Silver Tahoe Super Pass. The "Worry-Free Guarantee" includes the ability to roll over up to four unused days during the 2015-16 winter season for credit toward the purchase of a 2016-17 Tahoe Super Pass.
Patagonia Store Opens in The Village at Squaw Valley
The Village at Squaw Valley welcomes a new Patagonia retail store. The store will offer a variety of innovative Patagonia outdoor products in a remodeled 1,800 square foot retail space. The grand opening celebration of the Patagonia store will take place November 28, 2015 as part of the Base Village “Welcome to Winter Party” that includes live music and special offers to kick off the winter season.
In keeping with Patagonia’s and Squaw Alpine’s commitment to environmental efforts and continuing efforts to reduce carbon emissions, waste and energy use, the new retail store will feature locally-sourced recycled barn wood and an environmental display from Protect Our Winters (POW). To generate additional visibility for Protect Our Winter’s efforts supporting climate conservation, Squaw Valley will wrap a Funitel cabin with POW branding.
Jet Blue Flights to Reno
Jet Blue Airways now offers daily non-stop service between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. This new flight, launched in May 2015, provides the only direct air service from the East Coast to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is home to state-of-the-art, streaming cameras with the launch of new Roundshot webcams at each mountain. High-definition Roundshot Cameras have been installed on the upper mountains of both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, providing crystal clear, 360 degree views of each mountain. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is only the second resort in North America to install the cutting-edge technology which allows guests to get a very clear image of the current mountain conditions and weather, and make visitation decisions based on real-time, high definition images of the mountain and snow conditions. The Roundshot cams also allow users to download images for their own use so they can be inspired even when they cannot make it to the mountain.
Facility and Kids Program Improvements
The private members locker room will be refreshed with a new outdoor deck for social gatherings, new interior paint and larger wooden lockers. Becoming a member of the locker room is the most convenient way to enjoy the mountain, with lift access right out the back door of the locker room. Space is available for just $1099 per winter season. Click here for complete details and to purchase.
At Squaw Kids, over $100,000 in investments to the building include new carpeting and flooring throughout, plus a refurbished entry and registration area that makes for more welcoming registration. Additionally, children enrolled in the Squaw Kids and Alpine Kids program will have the convenience of equipment valet. When registered for multiple days of instruction, Squaw and Alpine Kids’ skis or snowboard will be safely stored for them overnight, making it even more convenient for parents and kids to get out onto the slopes.
New Ski Rental Inventory
The ski rental shops at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will offer the latest Head skis for single-day and multi-day rentals. The Rental Shops and Ski & Snowboard School were jointly involved with the selection process, which included on-snow testing by instructors and students to ensure that the equipment is a good match for the resort’s variety of terrain and learning programs. The topsheet graphics include a customized design as part of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow’s partnership with Head skis, and offer the maximum in performance for all ability levels.
Enhanced Family-Friendly Terrain Park Features
Look for creative new features designed specifically for families and intermediate terrain park users at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. These new features will complement the robust terrain park and learning features currently available to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. Additions may include family cross course features such as gently banked turns, small rollers and jumps, in areas like the Belmont learning park at Squaw or the Loop Road at Alpine Meadows.
Tahoe Fun Facts Map
New this year, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will offer a kids’ map of the mountain that includes the locations of “Tahoe Fun Facts”. The facts will be found on signs in key locations that guests of all ages can locate by using the map to explore the mountain to learn about snow, Lake Tahoe, animals and trees of the region, and much more. The map will be available to the public and will also be a part of the Squaw Kids and Alpine Kids learning programs.
Burton Relax & Ride
Squaw Valley has partnered with Burton Snowboards to host Burton Relax & Ride – an exclusive learning program for women snowboarders of all abilities. The program, for groups of two to six guests, is designed for women who have a tough time fitting winter sports into a busy schedule and crave a fun learning environment with friends. The program includes the Burton beginner rental set up, a two-hour lesson and an afternoon mini-spa treatment. The program is $249 with lift ticket or $189 for season pass holders, and is available every day of the season with the exception of peak dates.
FIS Freestyle World Cup Returns to Squaw Valley – March 11-13, 2016
Squaw Valley is set to host the best skiers and riders in a variety of disciplines as the FIS Freestyle World Cup returns to the resort March 11-13, 2015. Home of the 1960 Olympics, Squaw Valley played a key role in the early days of the FIS Alpine World Cup, last hosting a tour stop in 1969. Cross racing pits four athletes against each other to race head-to-head down a course of jumps, bumps and berms. Snowboardcross made its Olympic debut in 2006, with skicross in 2010, and both events were among the top spectator events in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Second Annual WinterWonderGrass Tahoe – April 1-3, 2016
The excitement of music, mountains and brews returns to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for the second annual WinterWonderGrass Tahoe festival April 1-3, 2016. WinterWonderGrass Tahoe is a unique three-day event featuring world-class bluegrass and acoustic roots performances, craft breweries and local food vendors under the snow covered peaks of Squaw Valley. Between performances and run on the slopes, concert-goers can enjoy the festival’s heated beer tents where California craft breweries will be pouring their signature suds daily. Beyond blues and brews, WinterWonderGrass Tahoe celebrates local non-profit organizations and sustainable living initiatives in an effort to respect the beauty of the High Sierra.
Stowe and Taos Join the Mountain Collective™ for 2015-16 Season
The Mountain Collective™ has widened their geographic reach with the addition of two iconic destinations to its roster. Stowe joins the Mountain Collective as their first resort on the East Coast, while Taos extends passholder access into New Mexico. The resorts join Sun Valley, AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Village, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Thredbo and Whistler Blackcomb in offering unparalleled access to the best ski and snowboard terrain the world has to offer.
Enhanced Skiable Terrain Through Forest Health Project
This fall Squaw Valley will enhance skiable terrain through a month-long, ecological forest thinning project. More than 5,000 dead or diseased trees will be removed from Red Dog region of the lower mountain in an effort to improve the natural habitat, reduce the risk of wildfire, and provide unprecedented access to tree skiing and riding in the targeted area.
As a result of the project, skiers and riders can expect nearly 100 acres of enhanced skiable terrain this season in the Red Dog region. The terrain, rated upper-intermediate to expert, will include three newly designated glade areas - Red Dog Glades, Paris Glades and Heidi’s Glades- as well as a new connector trail on Champs Elysees that will eliminate the current lengthy traverse.
Snowshoe Dinners at The Chalet at Alpine Meadows
New this winter season, guests can experience a snowshoe hike under the stars to The Chalet at Alpine Meadows, where they can enjoy an intimate seated dinner at the Swiss-style mid-mountain lodge. Menu items will include Alps-inspired dishes such as Sierra Nevada porter potato cheese soup, prime rib, chicken cordon bleu and apple strudel.
The North Face Mountain Guides
New for the 2014-15 winter season, The North Face Mountain Guides are Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows’ ultimate guided tour, offering unrivaled access to the resort’s most coveted terrain and secret stashes for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Offered in partnership with The North Face, the non-instructional tours will be led by the resort’s most experienced guides, whose extensive knowledge of the terrain rivals that of the resorts’ ski patrollers. In addition to priority lift line access, participants will also receive a complimentary ThermoBall™ Jacket from The North Face or other branded items, and great après ski discounts.
WinterWonderGrass Tahoe – New Bluegrass and Craft Brew Festival
WinterWonderGrass Tahoe, a bluegrass music and craft brew festival, is coming to Squaw Valley March 20-22, 2015. WinterWonderGrass Tahoe is a world-class winter music and beer festival featuring three nights of national, regional and local bluegrass bands and acoustic roots artists, complemented by a variety of craft brews and local wines, spirits and foods.
Mountain to Mat: ski/ride and yoga workshops
Squaw Valley is hosting three ski/ride and yoga workshops in January, February and March on the third Saturday of each month. Dubbed “Mountain to Mat”, the new workshops will incorporate locally-sourced, organic breakfast and lunch, a half day on the mountain with a professional ski/snowboard guide, an afternoon restorative yoga class at the Wanderlust Yoga Studio, and mini-spa treatments while sipping wine at Trilogy Spa in The Village at Squaw Valley.
Stoked Oak: New Sierra-Style BBQ at Alpine Meadows
Stoked Oak, Alpine Meadows’ new BBQ joint, celebrates a new barbecue style unique to the Sierra. Stoked Oak offers wood-fired open grilling served with a thick coating of the tangy house-made barbecue sauce. Menu items include tri-tip, regionally-produced signature sausages, pulled pork, ribs, veggie kabobs, and cast iron trout. Sides include signature BBQ baked beans, house-made pickles, red cabbage slaw, and cheesy creamed corn, as well as Tahoe Toast (grilled bread with herbed butter) and a selection of BBQ sauces. All dishes will feature a recommended beer pairing from a selection of Northern California and Pacific Northwest microbrews.
Audi FIS Skicross World Cup and FIS Snowboard World Cup
The fast-paced excitement of skicross and snowboardcross will come to Squaw Valley March 4-8, 2015, with the resort hosting an Audi FIS Skicross World Cup and FIS Snowboard World Cup. This will be the first time the International Ski Federation has brought a World Cup event to Squaw Valley since the FIS Alpine World Cup in 1969. Cross racing pits four athletes against each other to race head-to-head down a course of jumps, bumps and berms.
New On-Mountain Spring Music Series
New this spring, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are hosting a new on-mountain spring music series. As part of the series, bands will play at some of the most iconic locations on the mountains, including mid-mountain meadows and on top of some of the resort’s most legendary peaks. The free concerts will be held on Saturdays at Squaw Valley and on Sundays at Alpine Meadows March 14 - April 11.
Teaching Tykes 2.0
Squaw Valley is evolving Teaching Tykes, the resort’s innovative private lesson program that launched last winter to help parents teach their kids how to ski or snowboard. Originally designed for kids ages 3-4 and limited to the Squaw Kids’ backyard, Teaching Tykes 2.0 is now open to kids ages 3-6, with the opportunity to explore terrain anywhere on mountain (ability level permitting). Teaching Tykes 2.0 caters to parents who want to learn a few ‘tricks of the trade’ to use when teaching their own little ones to ski or snowboard, and covers topics like riding a chairlift safely, making turns, and using kid-friendly lingo to make skiing and riding fun and easy to learn.
6th Lesson Free at Squaw Kids and Alpine Kids
Children who take five group lessons at Squaw Kids or Alpine Kids get their 6th lesson for free. Squaw Kids and Alpine Kids offer full day lessons for young skiers (age 3-13) and snowboarders (age 5-13), as well as morning half-day lessons for kids age 3-4. The five lessons can be taken at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows interchangeably to accrue to the 6th free lesson.
Pacific Crest Bowls at Alpine Meadows
This winter, skiers and snowboarders can experience the newly designated Pacific Crest Bowls at Alpine Meadows. To better identify what is arguably Alpine Meadows’ best terrain, the resort has designated the terrain accessed by High T and the Sherwood Lift the “Pacific Crest South Bowls,” which includes the legendary S.P, Big Bend and Sun Bowls. Similarly, the terrain accessed by the Estelle/Beaver Traverse, including Wolverine, Beaver and Estelle Bowls, while keeping their individual names, now comprise the “Pacific Crest North Bowls.”
The names were chosen to highlight the resorts location along the Pacific Crest. In the Tahoe region, resorts along the Pacific Crest often receive as much as twice the snowfall during storms, something longtime skiers and riders at Alpine Meadows are well aware of. The names also honor the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which runs along the Alpine Meadows ridgeline.
Wanderlust Yoga Studio
A permanent home for yoga and positive energy in beautiful Squaw Valley. In addition to classes 7 days/week, the new yoga studio will offer workshops that incorporate Squaw’s extraordinary landscape, including skiing and riding in the winter.
MTN ROOTS Food Truck
The Mtn Roots trucks will serve up fresh quick bites. The food trucks will feature rotating menus based on the ingredients available locally and many menu offerings will be sourced from Tahoe Food Hub.
Mid Mountain Beer Garden at Alpine
Alpine Meadows’ mid-mountain lodge, The Chalet, is being transformed into a Bavarian-style beer garden this season. The Chalet will offer an array of California beers as well as tasty pressed sandwiches and sausage plates.
Elecrtric Car Charging Stations
Squaw Valley has installed four new electric car chargers at the resort, making Squaw the first ski resort in California to install charging stations for electric cars.
New Menu Items
KT Base Bar and Plaza Bar are both getting delicious new menu items to include the Tahoe Food Hub Kale and Quinoa Salad, gluten-free Burrito Bowls and much more.
Teaching Tykes Program
Squaw Valley is offering a new program called Teaching Tykes, designed for parents who want tips on how to teach their little one (ages 3-5) to ski or snowboard.
New Season-Long Kids Programs
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are each offering a new kids team program for the 2013-14 winter season.
New Big Blue Express, Six Passenger Chairlift
Big Blue Express, a new, high-speed six-pack chairlift will extend to the top of the Shirley Lake ridgeline - providing easy access to the Shirley Lake, Solitude and Granite Chief chairlifts. A new Park Pulley telecord, a modern day version of a tow lift, will provide easy access to the Belmont terrain park. A new triple chairlift, Mountain Meadow, will bring skiers and riders up to the ridgeline near the top terminals of the Solitude and Silverado lifts.
Substantially Improved Snowmaking
To ensure the best possible snow surface from top-to-bottom, Squaw Valley will be investing in the resort’s snowmaking system including:
- Installing new, high-technology air/water guns
- Rebuilding pumps and compressors
- Installing state-of-the-art monitoring and control equipment, and more.
Olympic Plaza Bar
Squaw Valley’s legendary Olympic Plaza Bar will be remodeled to feature table service dining for lunch and après ski in an upscale ‘mountain contemporary’ atmosphere. With $300,000 in renovations, the redesigned bar will pay tribute to the resort’s Olympic heritage with collage murals commemorating the 1960 Olympics. Menu items will include signature flatbread pizzas, artisan meat and cheese platters and delectable finger foods.
New Sports Shop: Parallel Mountain Sports
Squaw Valley will be opening a new sports shop, with over 5000 sq ft, featuring the latest ski technology as well as a complete line of outdoor wear and street wear for on and off the mountain. The new shop will work in conjunction with the resort’s demo program so skiers can try as many demo skis as they like and deduct the rental cost off of a brand new pair of skis in the retail store.
New Food & Dining Experience
Get ready to be impressed. From the base Village to Gold Coast and High Camp, Squaw is taking dining to new heights. From menus, to décor, atmosphere and even the latest in technology, guests are sure to notice major improvements to culinary and après delights.
Squaw Valley Terrain Parks
Squaw Valley has partnered with internationally renowned terrain park design team, Snow Park Technologies to elevate and expand our terrain park and superpipe products. Improvements include enlarged footprints, impeccably maintained features and jumps.
Guest Information Centers
Squaw Valley has invested in cutting edge communications technology that includes on mountain information boards providing real time lift operations, expected lift openings, recommendations on where to go if you’re seeking fresh tracks, extreme steeps or cruisers.
SnoVentures™ Activity Zone
The all new SnoVenture Activity Zone revamped to include a family lodge, expanded snowtubing course and new tubing lift as well as mini snowmobiles for kids. This area will also allow easy access to the expansive Nordic trail network.