Operations Update: January 20-21

Category: Operations Blog

We officially broke our 45 year record for most snowfall in one month! The biggest snowfall we saw in one month prior was 202" in 2011. This morning, we surpassed that with 212" and it's only January 20, 2017 with plenty more snow in the forecast through Monday. Let's take a look at what happened today and what we can expect tomorrow. 

Today's Operations, January 20

  • Alpine Meadows: 14" in 24 hours // 7" overnight // Total January Snowfall: 212"
  • Squaw Valley: 13" in 24 hours // 6" overnight // Total January Snowfall: 202"
Alpine Meadows open lifts
  • Hot Wheels
  • Meadow
  • Subway
  • Roundhouse
  • Yellow
  • Kangaroo
  • Big Carpet
  • Little Carpet
Squaw Valley open lifts
  • Exhibition
  • Far East
  • Squaw Creek
  • Red Dog
  • Olympic Lady
  • KT-22
  • Funitel
  • Tower 16 Terrain 

Upper mountain lifts at Squaw Valley and Summit, Sherwood and Lakeview at Alpine Meadows due to high winds. Let's take a look at the winds we were seeing today...

Weather Update from National Weather Service on January 21, 2017 

"The second in a series of three storms will impact the Sierra and western Nevada today. The third storm will be a major winter storm which will impact the region Saturday night into Sunday. Significant winter weather driving slow downs will continue in the Sierra and western Nevada into next week. Much drier weather is expected for the middle of next week." - NOAA Weather Discussion

MAIN WEATHER CONCERNS THIS WEEKEND from National Weather Service:

  • Second in a series of three winter storms impacts the region today into Saturday morning.
  • Lull in the weather Saturday afternoon is your window of opportunity to make preparations for the next storm.
  • Powerful Winter Storm to impact the Sierra AND western Nevada Sunday into Monday.
  • Below are some of the concerns, impacts, and preparation measures you can take for the Sun-Mon storm from yesterday`s discussion.
     

Tomorrow's Operations, January 21, 2017

Some lifts and terrain may take some time to open due to heavy overnight snowfall, high winds (wind loading) and necesarry snow safety. Below is an estimated schedule straight from our operating teams. We strongly encourage you to check the app or website for real-time lift status.

Squaw Valley
  • 9am:
    • Exhibtion
    • Far East
    • KT-22
    • Red Dog
    • Squaw Creek
  • 10am:
    • Funitel
    • Olympic Lady
    • Gold Coast
    • Shirley
  • Lifts on standby without estimated opening time due to weather & conditions
    • Squaw One
    • Aerial Tram
    • Bailey's Beach
    • Belmont
    • Big Blue
    • Broken Arrow
    • Emigrant
    • Granite Chief
    • Mountain Meadow
    • Siberia
    • Solitude
  • Lifts that are off the schedule and not going to open January 21, 2017
    • Headwall
    • Silverado
Alpine Meadows
  • Lifts scheduled at 9am:
    • Summit
    • Roundhouse
    • Hot Wheels
    • Sherwood
    • Meadow
    • Yellow
    • Scott
    • Kangaroo
    • Subway
    • Lakeview
    • Little Carpet
    • Big Carpet