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

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Voted Best Ski Resort 3rd year in a row! Credit: Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

Fresh off of last year’s record-breaking snowfall, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows is unveiling new additions this season, both on and off the slopes. 

Located in North Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows was “Voted ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America for the 3rd year in a row by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice. The resort is fully committed to enhancing the customer experience, as evidenced by it’s continual reinvestment in the property.

#1 Resort Enhancements

A major overhaul of the mid-mountain facility, High Camp. Credit: Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

High Camp Remodel:

Visitors to High Camp, the resort’s mid-mountain facility, can expect to see a “major overhaul” this season. For starters, the Terrace Restaurant & Bar will be completely renovated to capitalize on the spectacular views. A new High Camp Marketplace can now be found on the top floor. It offers grab-and-go meals, coffee, beer & wine, and other mountain necessities. Silvey’s Café has been converted to a family friendly seating area complete with a play area for the kiddos. The Poolside Café, renamed the Granite Bistro, is getting a complete overhaul. Finally, the Observation Deck will also benefit with updates.

Alpine Meadows Lodge Upgrades:

The Alpine Meadow Lodge  now has eight new sliding doors for easier entry from the sun deck. The lodge also got updates to Locker Room 3 and bathroom upgrades are including touch-less sinks.

Snowmaking & Grooming:

They’ve got it covered. Squaw will have new snowmaking hydrants, beefing up the base. The snowmaking at Alpine gets a boost as well from several overhauled air compressors. Seven new powerhouse Groomers will be in action at both mountains, bringing the total to 42. High angle grooming around areas such as chairlifts will now be far more efficient.

First rate grooming Credit: Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

Snow Removal Fleet:

Heavy snowfall made parking a challenge last season. Squaw Valley now has the capacity to move 5,000 metric tons of snow per hour, so bring it Mother Nature.

Food & Beverage Updates:

Rocker@Squaw gets a redesign while Funi’s welcomes healthier food options – think homemade soups and fresh salads.


#2 Navigating the Resort

The Squaw Vally Alpine Meadows App gets some upgrades

Upgrades to the Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows App with now make it the “gold standard” for resort experiences. Upgrades include:

  • A leaderboard
  • Up-to-date ETA on both the Aerial Tram and Squaw/Alpine Shuttle
  • Live snow and weather updates from three different elevations
  • Direct Twitter link

#3 New Events

Merry and bright during the Merry Days & Holly Nights. Credit: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Merry Days and Holly Nights:

For the second year in a row this family friendly event will take place from December 16- December 31. Events range from Brunch with Santa to cocktail receptions to skiing with former Olympian, Johnny Mosely. Merry Days and Holly Nigths 

National Brotherhood of Skiers Summit March 3-10, 2018:

This nonprofit social club was formed to support and increase the number of skiers and riders of color. Roughly 800 members from across the United States are anticipated to join in this event. More details

NASTAR National Championships:

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the NASTAR National Championships will return to the Sierra’s at Squaw Valley on March 21-25, 2018.

“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.”

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NASTAR returns to Squaw after nearly 40 years. Credit: Squaw Valley |Alpine Meadows


Team USA Comes to Squaw Valley:

January 13, 2018, fans can interact with Team USA members and share in the excitement of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter 2018 games.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows to Host U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction:

Celebrate the Class of 2017, athletes and sport builders with lifelong achievements, on April 12-15, 2018. Snowsport History

“Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will provide a fitting backdrop for the various events, with the legacy of the 1960 Winter Games, including more current U.S. Ski Team members than any other resort in the country.”

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#4 2018 Winter Olympics

US skier Julia Mancuso poses on the podium after the Women’s Alpine Skiing Super Combined Flower Ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 10, 2014. Credit: ALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images

 Athletes to Watch:

Squaw Valley alumni will be taking it to South Korea, gunning for the gold at the XXlll Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

  • Julia Mancuso – with four Olympic medals, the most ever for an American alpine skier, and five World Championship medals to date, Julia is looking to add to her medal collection during the winter Olympics.
  • Travis Ganong – With recent strong finishes in both the Downhill and the Super-G, Travis is eyeing the podium in his upcoming second Olympic Games.
  • Nate Holland – a snowboard cross specialist heading to the Olympics for the fourth time. An 8-time X-games gold medal winner, Nate is gunning for more gold in PyeongChang.
  • Bryce Bennett – an alpine ski racer looking to break into the Olympic history books.

All This + Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows $4 Million Safety Investment

  • 13 Gazex
  • 4 Avalaunchers
  • 1 Avy Helicopter
  • Largest Ski Patrol Team in History
  • Navy SEAL Trainers
  • The PACT Promise

For more details about on-mountain safety and technology upgrades see here: $4 Million Safety Upgrades

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4 thoughts on “What’s New For 2017-18 at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows:

  1. Time for more snowmaking capacity and coverage at both mountains. This has has always been the weakest link at Squaw, and new ownership has done little to expand capacity since taking over in 2010. The dam at the Gold Coast pond helps, but it is mind boggling in this day and age that Squaw still cant get snowmaking on runs like 5th Tree on Shirley, Ramp Run and Exhibition. If they have the water for a 90,000 sq ft water park, is it too much to ask for expanded snowmaking? This would mean more for the ‘everyday skier’ than all the other things highlighted in this promotional article.

  2. Also they took a whole lot of chairs off of Silverado significantly reducing the capacity, but for some reason it never seems to show up in any of their listed “improvements.” I guess because it is actually not an improvement. Can’t wait to see the lines now.

    1. I’d be surprised if Silverado opens this year… no snow is in the foreseeable future, and persistent West Coast ridging has been this winter’s theme

      1. Doesn’t matter even if there is snow. They dont want to open it because the average skier will not ski there or get hurt trying. They have realized that the average skier is the one they can extract the most money from., not the one who comes to Squaw to ski terrain like Silverado. They don’t even consider it part of the mountain. They will claim the mountain is 100% open when it hasn’t even spun yet. Sorry guys, it’s not about skiing anymore. It’s all about hot chocolate, firepits, and amusement parks

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