Operations Update: January 18

Category: Operations Blog
HUGE Thanks to our Operations Crews

With 15 feet of new snow so far this month, the mountains have been #januBURIED, literally. Our crews have been working night and day to dig out chairlifts and other facilities that were buried in feet of snow, set up new terrain to open as quickly as possible, and keep the lifts spinning. We are truly grategul for all the hard work of our dedicated staff!

Without our wonderful crews, skiers and riders would not have been able to do this:

Alpine Meadows on January 14, 2017. Photo: Ben Birk
Or this:
Michelle Parker at Squaw Valley on January 13, 2017. Photo: Ben Arnst
Or this....
Squaw Valley on January 14, 2017. Photo: Ben Arnst

The Next Storm Series: 3 Storms in 6 Days

Source: NOAA Forecast

Looks like #januBURIED just keeps on coming with several more FEET of snow on the way! Our resident weather blogger BA broke down the incoming storm cycle at 6:21am this morning: 

The First Storm Arrives

Wednesday the first in a series of storms moves in. Snow levels start just above 7000 feet and fall below the base by evening. Only expecting light snowfall during the afternoon with a coating to an inch possible on the mountain. Strong ridge top winds should close down upper lifts. Then heavy snow Wednesday night, tapering off Thursday morning. We could see 7-11 inches at the base, and 8-16 inches on the mountain.

The 2nd Storm Moves In

Thursday night the next storm begins to move in with light snow. Then heavy snow Friday into Friday night before tapering off by Saturday morning. High winds again with this event. Additional snowfall accumulations of 8-12 inches at the base, and 10-16 on the mountain possible. We should see a break Saturday afternoon and evening.

The 3rd and Biggest Storm

Then the the coldest and wettest storm of the weekend should move in late Saturday night. Expecting heavy snow Sunday into Monday before tapering off Monday night. Additional snowfall of 33-42 inches at the base, and 37-54 inches on the mountain possible.

Operations for Tomorrow, January 18, 2017

Squaw Valley is geared up to run 23 lifts and Alpine Meadows has 12 lifts on tomorrow's schedule. However, operations could be affected as the storm moves in. The incoming snow is expected to bring very high winds, and NOAA has issued a Wind Advisory starting at 10am tomorrow. It is possible that upper mountain lifts could be put on wind hold throughout the day. So be sure to check our app for real-time status as another exciting storm rolls in!