THE “ENDLESS” SEASON
by Squaw Valley
What a season we’ve had so far, and it’s still going. Take a look back at some of the season milestones that led to what might be the longest season ever!
Snowy Opening Day
Opening Day at Alpine Meadows. November 23, 2016. Photo: Ben Arnst
The 2016-17 season kicked off on November 23 the best way possible – with new snow! The stoke was high as we took our first laps of the season on 4″ of fresh snow that continued throughout the day. Skiers and riders were fired up, taking the snowy weather as a sign of an amazing season ahead…
Mother Nature and Santa worked together in December to deliver the month’s first BIG storm in time for the holidays! We woke up to 14″ of fresh powder on December 24, and a bluebird powder day with a 21″ storm total on Christmas Day.
Snowiest Month on Record
Who could forget January? It snowed 16 out of 31 days and the monthly total reached 282 inches. That’s over 23 FEET, making January 2017 the snowiest month at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows on record!
Snowiest February on Record
February is historically very snowy in the Sierra, bringing the most average snowfall of any month. This February we received 196 inches (over 16 feet), making it the snowiest February on record! Needless to say, once the lifts were dug out we enjoyed plenty of powder on the slopes.
Surpassed 600 Inches of Season Snowfall
Surpassed 700 Inches of Season Snowfall
EXTENDING OUR SEASON
Operating into Summer, as Long as the Snow Lasts
- May 2017: Alpine Meadows will operate Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30am-2pm through closing day on Sunday, May 14. Squaw Valley will operate daily from 9am-4pm through May 31.
- June 2017: Squaw Valley will open for skiing and riding on Saturdays & Sundays in June. Hours to be determined, based on conditions.
- July 1-4: Squaw Valley will operate daily for skiing, riding and activities. Hours to be determined, based on conditions.
Beyond July 4th
As conditions allow and the snow lasts, Squaw Valley is gearing up to operate the Shirley Lake Express chair on Saturday’s in July…or August! Our groomers will be working to relocate snow to the area to maintain snowpack and allow for summer skiing and riding. Basically, we plan to let you ski as long as the snow lasts!