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 What’s New for 2017-18 at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

• High Camp remodel, Alpine Meadows Lodge improvements, new snowmaking, grooming & snow removal machines among resort enhancements
• Mobile App updates include new leaderboard feature, allowing users to connect and compete with friends
• Winter Solstice Yoga, “Making of a Mountain” with local legends and brunch with Santa among new events at second annual Merry Days & Holly Nights, December 16-31
• Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows athletes gear up for 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang

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[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Sept. 1, 2017 – Following record-breaking snowfall in the 2016-17 season and the resort’s latest ever closing date of July 15, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is already preparing for a November 17 opening day, weather and conditions permitting. Voted Best Ski Resort in North America by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice for the second year in a row, the resort will move forward with its commitment to enhancing the guest experience with upgrades to snowmaking, grooming, High Camp and the mobile app, plus a variety of new events including family-friendly additions to the second annual Merry Days & Holly Nights, December 16-31.

Resort Enhancements

High Camp Remodel 
A major overhaul of High Camp, Squaw Valley’s mid-mountain facility located at 8,200’ and accessed by the scenic Aerial Tram, will be complete for winter 2017-18. Terrace Restaurant & Bar, Squaw Valley’s most scenic dining venue with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, will be completely renovated with a neutral, calm color pallet and simplified décor to create a light, airy feel  and bring the spectacular outdoor surroundings into the space. Terrace Restaurant & Bar is expected to reopen in time for the Christmas holiday season. A new High Camp Marketplace will offer healthy grab-and-go meals and snacks, coffee, espresso, wine and beer plus all of the essential gear and accessories for a day out on the mountain. High Camp Marketplace will occupy a newly redesigned space on the top floor of High Camp, previously home to a retail store, and is expected for opening day on November 17. Silvey’s Cafe on the mezzanine level of the building will be removed and converted to a family seating area, including cozy chairs and couches and a play area for kids. The location formerly known as Poolside Café will see a full interior reboot with rustic décor, and a new name: Granite Bistro. Granite Bistro is expected to open by December 20. Finally, the High Camp remodel will include new carpeting on stairs and hallways, updated accents and reconstruction of the Observation Deck, which scheduled for later in the winter season.

Alpine Meadows Lodge Upgrades
The Alpine Meadows Lodge will see a number of area improvements this season, including eight new automatic sliding doors for easier entry from the sun deck into the mezzanine level of the building. Renovated walls and flooring and new lockers will update Locker Room 3 located through the doors on the right hand side of the breezeway as guests arrive at the mountain. The restrooms on the left through the breezeway, located near Locker Rooms 1 and 2, will have new touchless sink and toilet fixtures.

Snowmaking & Grooming
New snowmaking hydrants at Squaw Valley will allow faster and more productive snowmaking throughout the base area. At Alpine Meadows, the complete overhaul of several air compressors will allow for a more efficient use of resources when making snow. Four front-line PB 400 Groomers and three new PB 100’s will be in action at both mountains, clearing snow faster and more efficiently around chairlifts and bringing the fleet total to 42 machines. These powerhouse machines allow for maximum ground coverage and high angle grooming and have better fuel economy than current machines.
Snow Removal Fleet
Following a season where heavy snowfall posed challenges to clearing roads and parking for guests, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will have new snow removal machines to increase the expediency of clearing roads and parking lots. One such new unit at Squaw Valley will have the capacity to move up to 5,000 metric tons of snow per hour. During periods of heavy snowfall, the resort will also consider the continued use of a large snow melter, similar to those used to clear city roads, which converts snow to water rather than relocating it.

Food & Beverage Updates
In The Village at Squaw Valley, Rocker@Squaw will see updated interior design this winter, while Funi’s on-mountain market at Gold Coast will feature new fresh, healthy salads and house made soups.

Accessing the Resort

New Nonstop Flights to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows via Reno-Tahoe International Airport
New nonstop flight service routes have been announced for the upcoming year, offering more guests the opportunity to fly nonstop to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, just a 45 minute drive from Reno-Tahoe International Airport on all-weather Interstate 80, with convenient shuttle service available door-to-door as well as UberSki and Lyft services.

  • Frontier Airlines will return to Reno-Tahoe International Airport after a 10 year absence with Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nonstop service to and from Denver. Service will commence November 21, 2017, with introductory fares as low as $49 one way.
  • United Airlines is now offering daily nonstop service Chicago, which kicked off on June 8, 2017.
  • Additional service will be added to existing nonstop destinations, including more scheduled flights to Denver, Chicago and Houston on United Airlines, Long Beach on JetBlue, and Los Angeles on Allegiant, to name a few.

With the Fly & Ski Free Deal, guests arriving via commercial airline can ski or ride on the day of their arrival for free. Now easier than ever, pick up your fly and ski free ticket at the new "Mountain Concierge" store in the Reno Tahoe International Airport.

The Mountain CollectiveTM Adds Niseko to its Roster for 2017-18 Season
The Mountain Collective™ continues to expand access to the world’s top resort destinations for the 2017-18 season with the addition of Northern Japan-based, Niseko United, as a global affiliate and Sugarbush, Vermont and Snowbasin, Utah as resort partners. Additionally, existing partners Alta, Snowbird, Banff Sunshine, and Lake Louise will separate to operate as individual destinations within The Mountain Collective Pass, providing twice the number of days at popular destinations in Utah and Alberta, Canada. With these 2017-18 season additions, passholders will now have access to 40 days of skiing at 20 world renowned ski destinations. The Mountain Collective pass is now on sale for a limited time at $469 USD. Pricing for kids age 12 and under is $99 for the 2017-18 season, making the Mountain Collective™ Pass an affordable option for families. Visit mountaincollective.com for more information and to purchase a pass.  

Partnership with China’s Genting Resort Secret Garden
2017-18 will welcome a new trail name for Squaw Valley’s competition mogul course under the Red Dog chairlift, representing a partnership with Genting Resort Secret Garden in China and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ heightened engagement in the fast-growing Chinese skier market. The partnership with Genting Secret Garden Resort includes privileges for season passholders, including five free days of skiing and exclusive discounts at the other resort, offering the opportunity to ski and ride at two Olympic host resorts: Genting Resort Secret Garden is the future host of the snowboarding and freestyle events for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Navigating the Resort

Upgrades to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows App
The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Mobile App takes the gold standard for resort experiences to new heights. A leaderboard feature will allow users to compare their ski day performance with the rest of the Squaw Alpine community while allowing for friendly competition with friends. Real-time mountain information will also be expanded, with an up-to-date ETA now available for both the Aerial Tram and Squaw/Alpine Express shuttle. Additionally, the app will now carry live snow and weather conditions at three different elevations and one-touch access to the Squaw Alpine Mountain Ops Twitter feed, straight from the app. Coupled with a new site-specific notification system enabled through beacon technology at each chairlift, skiers and riders will be kept up to date on changing conditions and resort updates at all times. 

New Events for 2017-18

Merry Days & Holly Nights
Merry Days and Holly Nights will return to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for the second year in a row on December 16 - December 31, with lots of new events for families. New additions to the schedule include a Reindeer Games scavenger hunt, Winter Solstice Yoga, Brunch with Santa, pre-show cocktail receptions, and a Truckee Dance Factory Show featuring the Twisted Nutcracker. Making of a Mountain will be an intimate fireside evening with wine and apps as local legends share epic tales of adventure. Other family-friendly events include holiday parties, train rides and horse drawn sleigh rides, storytelling with Santa and farm to table dinners with Olympians and legends. Entertainment will include performances by the Reno Jazz Orchestra, and TOCCATA - Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, all culminating on New Year’s Eve with the Squaw Valley Prom presented by the High Fives Foundation. Long-beloved events will continue to light up the season, such as snow shoe Chalet dinners and skiing with Olympian Jonny Moseley at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Visit squawalpine.com/holidays for more information.

National Brotherhood of Skiers Summit March 3 – 10, 2018
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will welcome the National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS), a nonprofit social club founded to support winter athletes of color and increase participation in winter sports, March 3 – 10, 2018. 60 NBS member clubs and 800 members from across the United States will travel to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows with their families to enjoy skiing, riding, parties and events. The National Brotherhood of Skiers was chartered in 1974 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in Illinois in 1975. Today, the organization has grown to include 60 clubs representing 43 cities and a membership of 3,000. The NBS is recognized by the ski industry as one of the largest ski organizations and its Summit as the largest gathering of skiers and riders, more than any other ski convention in the United States. Visit http://www.nbs.org/ to register for the event and learn more.

NASTAR National Championships 
For the first time in nearly 40 years, the NASTAR National Championships return to the Sierra: This March 21-25, Squaw Valley will host the 2018 Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships. Following the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, the event will build on the enthusiasm generated by the Games and provide a new locale for fans to get involved with alpine sports. NASTAR participants qualify for the championships by earning a top ten national ranking or a top five state ranking within their age, gender and ability group by February 19. Racers can also qualify by earning a top ranking at their favorite resort or at the Regional Championships. Squaw Valley has seen strong growth in NASTAR participants over the past few seasons, including more than 800 children ages five to 12-years-old racing in its Mighty Mite World Cup program. NASTAR continues to bring greater awareness to the sport, motivating participants of all ages to get involved in alpine racing. The program’s integration with the U.S. Ski Team also gives racers the opportunity to meet and interact with their favorite racers.

Mark your calendar: Team USA comes to Squaw Valley January 13, 2018
Team USA will be celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018 in Squaw Valley on January 13, 2018. Fans can interact with Team USA athletes and share the excitement of the upcoming 2018 Winter Games. Additional details coming soon. 

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows to Host 2018 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction
On April 12-15, 2018, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will celebrate ski and snowboard history as it welcomes the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame to honor its class of 2017: athletes and sport builders with lifelong national and international achievements in the sport. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will provide a fitting backdrop for the various events, with the legacy of the 1960 Winter Games and the long lineage of celebrated athletes, including more current U.S. Ski Team members than any other resort in the country. Inductees and events line up will be announced soon at SnowsportHistory.com.

2018 Winter Olympics

Athletes to Watch
Squaw Valley alumni are expected to hold a strong presence at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Keep an eye out for the names below!

  • Julia Mancuso – With four Olympic and five World Championship medals, Julia Mancuso has captured more major alpine skiing championship medals than any other American woman. As a four-event athlete, Mancuso is looking to return from injury and shine in PyeongChang.
  • Travis Ganong – Following his Olympic debut in 2014, Travis Ganong is looking towards PyeongChang with experience on his side. The 2016-17 winter season saw Travis win his second career World Cup Downhill while placing 12th in the season-long Downhill standings and 15th in Super-G, finishing the season top 15 in both disciplines for the first time in his career.
  • Nate Holland – Already a three time Olympian, Nate Holland, a snowboardcross specialist, has his sights set on the podium at PyeongChang. Holland has 11 X Games medals, including eight gold, and is eager to expand his collection. After winning the test event in PyeongChang last February, Nate appears to be the man to beat. 
  • Bryce Bennett – At just 25 years old, alpine ski racer Bryce Bennett has his eyes set on the Olympics and is expected to do everything in his power to join the team in PyeongChang. The 2016-17 season saw Bennett break through and he is hopeful that success will continue into the Winter Games. 

For more information about Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, to purchase a season pass or to make lodging reservations, visit www.squawalpine.com.

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, 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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