Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Planning for an “Endless Season,” Operating Beyond July 4 for the First Time Ever

Category: Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:
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

•    Squaw Valley will continue operations indefinitely on Saturday’s after the
4th of July weekend
•    Once again offering Tahoe’s longest season, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is committed to operating for skiing and riding as long as conditions allow


Shirley Lake Photos 4.20.17**
2017 Big Snow Highlights**
**For editorial use only, courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] May 3, 2017 – Winter and summer will blend together in 2017 at Squaw Valley as the resort emerges from a historic winter and sets the stage to operate July 1-4 and Saturdays thereafter as long as conditions allow. 714 inches of snow fell at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows this winter, equaling nearly 60 feet. 10 Atmospheric River weather events hit the resort, where the average season sees two to four. Squaw Valley currently has a base depth of 20 feet and is primed to offer skiing and riding in the Shirley zone for winter enthusiasts looking to boot-up long into the summer. As the only Tahoe resort planning to operate beyond the month of May, Squaw Valley will offer skiing and riding on July 4 for the fourth time ever and will venture beyond Independence Day for the first time in its history.

The California Department of Water Resources has declared the 2016-17 water year the wettest on record, just over half way through the water year (October 2016-October 2017). January 2017 at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows broke the resort’s record for most snow in one month, with 282 inches, followed by the snowiest February ever with another 196 inches. With the Tahoe Basin snowpack currently at more than 300% of average, the Squaw Valley operations team plans to work in conjunction with Mother Nature, as they have all season long, to provide a skiable surface in July and beyond, narrowing the gap between the 2016-17 season and the 2017-18 season.

“We are in the business of skiing here at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and engaging creative solutions to take advantage of this historic snow year is an irresistible proposition,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “To many of our guests, the idea of summer skiing and riding is a novelty, but with the season we’ve had here we can provide a surface for skiing and riding that guests will want to enjoy not just once, but weekend after weekend.” 

Guests planning to ski and ride will access High Camp at 8200’ via the Aerial Tram and make their way on foot between High Camp and where the snow remains. Through the strategic movement of snow using grooming machines, Squaw Valley mountain operations team members will transport snow from areas with ample snow to areas with lower amounts of snow, effectively maximizing the snowpack long into summer. The Shirley zone also benefits from a northwest aspect, limiting sun exposure and snow loss due to melting. 

Alpine Meadows will operate on Saturdays & Sundays only through closing day on Sunday, May 14. Operations at Squaw Valley will continue seven days a week through May, on weekends in June and July 1-4. Beyond the 4th of July, Squaw Valley is planning to operate the Shirley Lake Express chair on Saturdays for 2017-18 Tahoe Super Passholders. Discounted daily lift tickets will also be available.

As always, skiing and riding operations are weather and conditions permitting. Summer operations will continue as long as the snowpack allows, with no closing day currently scheduled.

Ski Free this Spring (and Summer) with the 2017-18 Tahoe Super Pass 
Skiers and riders looking to join in on the fun can purchase their Tahoe Super Pass today and ski free this spring. Purchase now in order to secure the best price possible, with prices set to go up after May 9. The Tahoe Super Pass offers more passholder benefits than any other Tahoe resort, including discounted Friends & Family tickets, exclusive Club TSP events, access to Dawn Patrol, discounts on dining, demo equipment, lessons, yoga and more. Click here for a full list of Tahoe Super Passholder benefits.

Spring Lodging Specials in The Village at Squaw Valley®
Take advantage of great spring deals on lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley. Stay right in the heart of the action, with direct access to the slopes, world-class shopping, dining, activities and events in the Village. Ski, stay and forget about driving.

About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Voted ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America for the second year in a row by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice 2017, 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 over 50 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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