Snowmaking Update 11/23

Category: Operations Blog
Snowmaking is off to a strong start at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows!

After opening both Kangaroo at Alpine Meadows and SnoVentures at Squaw Valley entirely on man-made snow, our teams have been working around-the-clock to add to the snowpack despite some uncooperative winds and temperatures. If you see a snowmaker out on the mountain or in the grocery store, give them a high five! It’s their dedication that gets us out on the mountain this early in this season, even without natural snowfall. Thankfully, temperatures are expected to drop over the coming week, allowing for ideal snowmaking conditions. 

A Snowmaker Working at Squaw Valley

One of Squaw Valley's snowmakers hard at work on Red Dog. Photo taken on November 21st, 2019 by Ben Arnst.  

In the last 8 years, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows has invested $9 million into our snowmaking technology and we now have the ability to make four times as much snow as we could five years ago while using resources more efficiently than in the past. We even have had enough snow to add terrain park features to skier's right of Snoventures! 

Terrain Park on SnoVentures

A snowboarder hits a rail in the Snoventures park on November 20th, 2019. Photo taken by Ben Arnst.  

Most exciting of all, we have snow in the forecast! A storm is expected to move through the region from Tuesday-Wednesday, dumping as much as two feet of snow on our ridgelines! You can always get the latest on snow & weather from our Weather Blog. This storm is likely to impact travel next week, so be sure to check out our resources for Winter Driving.

Are you an Ikon or Ikon Base Pass holder? We strongly recommend reviewing our Early Season Information to make sure that your pass is set up correctly. 

With the promise of cold temperatures ahead, we will be focusing our efforts on the Red Dog & Squaw Creek areas. We've already made massive strides in getting the Red Dog area winterized in the past month, as shown below in the side-by-side photos. 

Snowmaking on Red Dog on October 18th

Snowmaking on Red Dog on October 18th, 2019. Photo by Ben Arnst. 

Snowmaking on Red Dog on November 21st

Snowmaking on Red Dog on November 21st, 2019. Photo by Ben Arnst.  

Remember, we opened with just Kangaroo on man-made snow last year and ended up having a record-breaking season, so keep doing those snow dances!