Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA, fired up the snowguns on Thursday to test their snowmaking systems on the slopes of both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows plans to open on November 25, weather and conditions permitting.
The first dusting of human-made snow could be seen on the Lake View trail near the top of the Squaw Creek chairlift at Squaw Valley. Every fall, the snowmaking team tests all of the lines and compressors that make up the snowmaking systems, so they’re ready to make snow full force once the temperatures drop. After these tests, the resort plan to start making snow at every opportunity as soon as the weather allows.
With just over a month until opening day, the resort’s staff are going through their checklists to get ready for the season and are encouraging guests to do that same. The resort will look a bit different this season, and the more guests plan and prepare to be flexible, the more enjoyable time they will have. Walk-up ticket sales have been temporarily eliminated this season, so all day tickets will need to be purchased in advance online. The Ikon Pass is the best way to ensure access to the mountains this season, offering unlimited skiing and riding on the slopes and priority access. Face coverings with two or more layers will be required indoors and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed, including lift lines, on all chair lifts, while walking through the Village, and in other outdoor areas.