Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows to Open November 23, Weather and Conditions Permitting

Category: Press Release


For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
530.452.7111 or lkenney@squawalpine.com

Sam Kieckhefer, Public Relations Coordinator
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
530.584.6035 or skieckhefer@squawalpine.com

•    Millions in snowmaking investments at the resort put into action at every opportunity 
•    The 2016-17 Tahoe Super Pass currently on sale starting at $499, prices good through November 15

Click here for preseason preparation photos**
**For media use only, courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Nov. 10, 2016 – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will open on Nov. 23, weather and conditions permitting, looking to once again host Tahoe’s longest season after 41 feet of cumulative snowfall in the 2015-16 season. The resort is poised to open earlier, if conditions allow. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has invested over $1 million in snowmaking enhancements for 2016-17, adding to a total of $9 million over six years. All teams at the resort have been working around the clock to prepare for the 2016-17 season, and the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows snowmaking system is being deployed at every opportunity.

“We are eager to kick off the season and look forward to opening the resort as early as weather and conditions permit,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. “Setting an early opening date assured that we are fully prepared for the 2016-17 season, and we have already seen some impressive snowfall totals. Our staff has done an incredible job gearing up for the season and, with help from Mother Nature, we look forward to opening the lifts on November 23 or as early as possible, as conditions allow.”

With 317 snowmaking guns and a fully automated system at Squaw Valley, the resort can produce nine times as much as snow as it could 10 years ago. At Alpine Meadows, improvements to snowmaking infrastructure on Kangaroo Run will benefit guests and ski racers who frequently utilize the run for training. At Squaw Valley, investments include three new SMI fan guns, 12 HKD low energy guns, replacement of air and water pipelines, and upgrades to 102 automatic snowmaking hydrants, allowing the system to go online at high speeds. These enhancements reduce the communication time from the hydrant to the snowmaking pump house from minutes to seconds.

“We have been hard at work testing our equipment and are ready to make snow whenever temperatures in the region allow,” said Mark Meyer, Squaw Valley Snowmaking Manager. “I am extremely confident in our team and the investments that have been made in our system: once we get the temperatures we will be making snow around the clock to prepare to welcome our 2016-17 guests.”

To learn more about preseason preparations at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, click here

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation Scholarship Day
All proceeds from lift tickets purchased on opening day will benefit Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation (SAF), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows athletes and coaches.  

Tahoe Super Pass Prices Good Through November 15 
Skiers and riders looking to gain access to 6,000 acres, 42 lifts and over 270 trails at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows can purchase the Tahoe Super Pass, starting at $499 for adults. Current prices are good through November 15.

About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Voted 2016 ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe that spans over 6,000 skiable acres. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year round with nonstop events and nearly 60 bars, restaurants and boutiques. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the spring skiing capital as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe. Skiers and riders of all ability levels are welcomed by over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain, 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones and a custom app to make the most of every visit. Visit squawalpine.com or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more.


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