Operations Update: February 12-13

Category: Operations Blog

Today's Operations: February 12, 2017

Today was a beautiful day of skiing and riding with mild temperatures and blue skies. 

Solitude at Squaw Valley
Top of Siberia Bowl this afternoon
Squaw Valley 

At Squaw Valley 27 lifts were scheduled to operate today. The lower mountain lifts from Squaw Creek to KT-22 opened at 8:30am. Siberia started the day on a wind hold due to a strong East Wind and opened to the public at 11:30am when winds died down. Headwall started today on hold as ski patrol finished setting up boundaries, obstacle markings and sinage in the area--it opened at 11:15am. Granite Chief and Emigrant started the day on a wind hold due to the East wind. Throughout the day Granite Chief experienced power surges that prevented us from opening the lift. Solitude was also affected by power surges and closed for the day at 2:40pm. Tower 16 terrain remained closed due to a power line down on the mountain. The power company has had a crew onsite all day working to resolve these issues. 

Alpine Meadows

13 lifts were scheduled today, and most opened at 8:30am. Alpine Bowl Chair opened shortly after. Sherwood chair was on maintenance hold and opened at 9:45am. Summit lift is very affected by the East Wind and started the day on a wind hold, before briefly opening at 11:45am. At 12:10pm, Alpine Meadows experienced a mountain-wide power outage, causing lifts to close. Some lifts were able to run temporarily with auxiliary power. The power company is currently on site at Alpine Meadows assessing the issues and working to resolve them. 


The parking lots at Alpine Meadows at Squaw Valley reached capacity around 10:30am today. Please check out our parking blog for parking resources and tips for busy weekends.

This Week's Weather

We have a clear and warm days in store to cruise the slopes and enjoy the sun! Then another cycle of storms will move in Wednesday evening.  

Update from BA @ 6:33am 

Sunny & Mild

Sunny today through Wednesday. Highs today in the 40's with wind gusts to 25 mph on the mountain tops. Temperatures warming slightly through Wednesday with highs in the 40's on the mountains and near 50 at the base. Winds look lighter Mon-Wed up high.

Snow Storms Return

Thursday the winds and clouds increase as the next storm pushes in. Forecast models split on whether or not heavy precip pushes into the Tahoe basin with this storm. Snow levels start around 8000 feet before falling to the base by the end of the day. We could see an inch or two at the base and 2-5 inches on the mountain. If the wetter models are correct we may need to increase the snowfall forecast.

The next storm moves into CA Friday night into Saturday. The forecast models again are split on whether the storm misses us to the South or is far enough North for a few more inches of snowfall. The snow levels look to be below the base.

The Storms Continue

We may see a series of stronger storms starting next weekend and going into the following week. These storms may bring feet of snow to the mountain Sunday into the week of the 20th.



Alpine Meadows: At this time, the power company is onsite at Alpine Meadows working to resolve the power issue. Dispatch has scheduled 13 lifts to operate, but some lifts may be delayed tomorrow due to these power issues.

Squaw Valley: Our operations crews anticipates opening most lifts at 9am, weather & conditions permitting. The power issues have been worked on, and Granite Chief has been added to tomorrow's schedule!

As always, please check our lift & trail status and app for real-time updates. With temperatures in the 40s tomorrow, it should be a beautiful sunny day on the slopes.