Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Opens on Friday, November 16

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 Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows to Open for the 2018-19 Winter Season on Friday, November 16

• Alpine Meadows to open for the season on Friday with access to the Kangaroo lift
• Starting Friday, Squaw Valley will offer beginner terrain and snow tubing at SnoVentures plus scenic Aerial Tram rides
• Opening Day marks the debut season of the Ikon Pass at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

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[Olympic Valley, Calif] Nov. 13, 2018— After weeks of preparation and snowmaking at every opportunity, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will open for the 2018-19 season on Friday, Nov. 16, with access to the SnoVentures and Squaw Kids areas at Squaw Valley, and the Kangaroo chairlift at Alpine Meadows. Two magic carpets and the First Venture chairlift will be spinning at the SnoVentures Activity Zone, from which guests can access beginner terrain. The Squaw Kids area will be open for children’s lessons. The scenic Aerial Tram will also open for the season on Friday, starting at 10 a.m. with the last download at 4:30 p.m. for sightseeing as well as food and drink at High Camp Marketplace from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lifts will spin from 9 a.m.-4 p.m, and limited food and beverage offerings will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the SnoVentures Activity Zone. Beginner ski tickets for SnoVentures will be on sale for $49 and snow tubing will cost $40. Day tickets at Alpine Meadows start at $84 for adults when purchased in advance. Guests are encouraged to check out the Opening Day Checklist for all the key information they need to know for their first day on the mountain this season.

The first guests of the season at Alpine Meadows will be welcomed with free coffee in a limited supply of complimentary Yeti mugs. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Ikon Pass swag will also be distributed throughout the day at Alpine Meadows. Last Chair Bar will be open at Alpine Meadows Base Lodge, along with Treats Cafe.

“We have continued to invest in snowmaking technology, and we are seeing that pay off this season,” said Ron Cohen, president and COO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “Our snowmakers are some of the best in the business, and they are working tirelessly to get the resort open for our guests. It’s amazing to see our snowmaking and grooming teams putting a great snow surface together, even without natural snow, and even with largely unfavorable snowmaking conditions."

With a focus on best serving its guests, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow has invested $9 million on snowmaking over the past eight years, with over $1 million for the 2018-19 season. More automation of snowmaking systems means snowmakers can take full advantage when the weather lines up; more snow—and the right kind of snow—can be made for longer durations during those peak weather windows. The resort team will continue to make snow at every opportunity, and open more terrain as weather and conditions allow. 

Expanded POW Carpool and Paid Parking Lot
For the best parking, grab your friends and carpool to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows this season. Vehicles with three or more people get free access to premium Protect Our Winters “POW Parking,” situated in a prime location directly north of The Village at Squaw Valley. POW Parking is a partnership with Protect Our Winters to offer free premium parking to reward guests who elect to carpool to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, with a goal to reduce traffic and the resort’s carbon footprint. Due to the popularity of the program, the POW Parking area at Squaw Valley has quadrupled. At Alpine Meadows, POW Parking is located immediately adjacent to the Alpine Meadows Base Lodge. POW Parking will also be available for paid parking for non-carpool vehicles, with all spaces available on a first come, first served basis.
About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Voted ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America for the third year in a row by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe, California. Spanning over 6,000 skiable acres across two mountains, skiers and riders of all ability levels are welcomed by over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain, legendary steeps, 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones and a custom app to make the most of every visit. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year-round with nonstop events and over 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny California 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. Visit the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows website or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more. You can also visit us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Vimeo.