Operations Update: KT-22 extended

Category: Operations Blog

It's May 22 and the Spring Skiing Capital™ is still going strong! Here's a look at Squaw Valley lift operations this week and beyond. 

KT-22 Still Open!
To celebrate the latest closing of KT-22, ski patrol kept the Mothership spinning until 7pm on Saturday, May 20. Photo: Ben Arnst

This is already the longest into the year that KT-22 has EVER stayed open. In the 2010-11 season, KT-22 operated through May 8. It's now May 22 and there's still more time to lap the beloved Mothership. Squaw Valley ski patrol and mountain operations have decided to keep spinning KT this week and hopefully through the weekend, as conditions allow. The decision was made because not only is the spring skiing on KT awesome right now, but temperature inversions also started this week. This means better freezing on the lower mountain at night and therefore better skiing!

Please note: KT-22 and the Mountain Run may stay open through the weekend, but walking may be required over a couple patches of dirt.

Granite Chief and Headwall

Granite Chief and Headwall are currently closed as patrol and operations staff have been relocated from those zones to operate KT-22. Once KT closes, our crews will assess conditions on Headwall and Granite Chief and re-open if conditions allow. However, creeks caused by snowmelt have formed at the bottom of Granite Chief, and are growing. This may affect operations so stay tuned for further updates this weekend!

Still Plenty of Terrain
Banked slaloms are popping up! Check them out off KT-22, Gold Coast and Shirley Lake. Photo: Ben Birk

There is still plenty of terrain open for your spring shredding pleasure. The following lifts are on the schedule:

  • Aerial Tram
  • Funitel
  • Gold Coast
  • KT-22
  • Bailey's Beach
  • Big Blue
  • Mountain Meadow
  • Shirley Lake
  • Siberia
Terrain Parks
Photo: Ben Birk

Sunny days on the upper mountain terrain parks continue. The 22' Super Pipe off Gold Coast will be open through Memorial Day weekend, and possibly longer if conditions allow. Gold Coast Park and Mainline Park are also open daily for some fun terrain park action!