The one and only Squaw Valley USA is scheduled to open for the winter season this Friday the 16th. Despite warm temperatures throughout the day and no help from mother nature in Lake Tahoe, the cold temperatures at night have allowed Squaw’s hard-working snowmaking team the ability to make snow at all elevations of the resort. Artificial snow currently lays along sections of Red Dog, Squaw Creek and Gold Coast chair lifts along with some beginner terrain close to the village.
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This will be the first season Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows operates under its new ownership, Alterra Resorts, with access via the all-new IKON pass. Pass holders will have access to 37 resorts in North and South America including Jackson Hole, Taos, Mammoth, Big Sky, Crystal, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird, Revelstoke, Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Sugarloaf, Loon, Sunday River and many more.
Cold temperatures for the remainder of this week will allow Squaw’s snowmaking teams more time to get ready for opening day. Top to bottom riding seems possible from Red Dog if conditions persist but upper mountain Gold Coast riding will likely have to download via the Funitel. Mother Nature doesn’t have much snow in the forecast for Lake Tahoe so artificial snow will have to suffice until she does.
If you can’t make it out to ski there will be plenty of action in the village for opening weekend with many of the resort’s restaurants and bars re-opening for the season with Happy Hours and specials. One thing Squaw Valley skiers know how to do other than ski is, well, apres ski.
Although this opener for the 18-19 season may not resemble the absolute awesomeness of last year’s opening day powder fest it will surely be fun for all to return to the snow. We’ll see you on Friday the 16th.