Operations Update: December 2, 2019

Category: Operations Blog
Ski Patroller kneeling in new snow at Squaw Valley
Squaw Patroller Gael Williams today at the top of KT. Photo: Will Paden
75" on the upper mountain in the last 7 days

According to Squaw Valley Mountain Manager Jimmy King, the upper mountain is "a whole new world" after the 75" of new snow received over the last 7 days. The last part of the storm brought dense snow with a high moisture content that is great for building a base. This heavier, thicker snow is ideal for sticking to the slopes and covering surfaces more uniformly. 

Shirley Lake on December 2, 2019
Bottom of Shirley Lake. Taken on December 2 by Jimmy King
Mountain Ops Teams are working hard to set up new terrain

With over 6 feet of new snow on the upper mountain in the past week, our operations teams are out working hard to open more terrain. This requires a lot of work and moving parts including: avalanche control in multiple complexes, establishing various access & safety roads, building lift ramps, marking boundaries & obstacles and grooming. 

At Alpine Meadows, Meadow lift and the new Treeline Cirque lift (to the mid-station) will open tomorrow! Roundhouse will likely open later in the week.

At Squaw Valley, the nexts lifts to open will likely be Shirley Lake, Gold Coast and Siberia on the upper mountain. Our crews are also looking at KT-22, but it will likely open following the next storm, which moves in this weekend.

Stay tuned for updates as our crews assess safety and terrain conditions!

The next storm

Another storm is in the forecast to bring more snow starting Friday afternoon. High winds are expected as early as Thursday and may last through Saturday, which may inhibit operations on the upper mountain. The storm could deliver a few more feet of snow by Sunday morning, which will help even more with terrain expansion!

Travel & Road Information

If you are planning to drive to the mountains this weekend, please use caution and plan ahead! Roads delays and closures are likely with the incoming storms (Friday-Saturday). Check these helpful resources: 

If you decide to drive during a snowstorm, it's always a good idea to pack extra blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle. We do not recommend travel in this type of weather without a 4WD or AWD vehicle. Please travel safely!