Squaw Valley, CA Weekend Operations Update | June 17-18th

Miles Clark | | Industry NewsIndustry News
by Squaw Valley, CA


We’re in for some glorious warm weather this weekend! Take a couple spring laps in the morning and follow it up with an afternoon at the newly opened High Camp Pool.


10am-2pm Saturday & Sunday

There’s still plenty of terrain to ski and ride on the upper mountain! These 6 lifts are on the schedule:

  • Funitel
  • Aerial Tram
  • Gold Coast
  • Siberia
  • Shirley Lake
  • Big Blue

We’re shooting for the same lift ops as last weekend but please keep in mind, we’re at the mercy of the June snow melt! Our crews are on the mountain assessing terrain day by day. They are doing what they can to preserve the snow surface by salting and “snow farming” (i.e. moving snow from one place on the mountain to another). Due to conditions, please note that our operations outlook is subject to change on a daily basis.

Cat Farming Snow Siberia Ridge
Our crews are out on the mountain battling snow melt

After pushing snow today, our Grooming Manager Kurt Wilhelmy reported,

“We have lost a significant amount of snow with the heat, we are moving as much as we can so we are able to still enjoy this amazing season.”

Areas of high wind and sun exposure are most susceptible to melt- in the past week the top of Shirley and Siberia have thinned considerably. Be prepared to maneuver around a dirt patch or two to get to the deeper snow pack. Also be aware of unmarked obstacles as the snow melts.

Cat Farming Snow Siberia Ridge
Building a path along Siberia Ridge so you can get to the deeper snow pack.

As temps heat up, rivers can form under the snow surface and create holes in the base, especially on ungroomed trails. Please take extra precautions when skiing on ungroomed terrain. Always ski in control and pay attention to the snow surface.

If you’re riding in the Shirley Lake zone, don’t miss the banked slalom!

Snowboards do the wiggle
Party Wiggle!
Summer Ski & Ride Operations
  • Saturdays & Sundays 10am-2pm thru June 25
  • After July 8, Saturdays only into summer: 10am-2pm, as conditions allow


The High Camp Pool and Roller Skating Rink will open for the first time of the summer season today, Friday June 16! We have been doing repairs on the hot tub over the past week and we expect to complete repairs today and reopen tomorrow, Saturday, June 16. Hours of operation 11-4pm.

Pool view of mountains
Take a couple spring laps in the morning and follow it up with an afternoon at the newly opened High Camp Pool.
High Camp Activities

Bag toss, ladder toss, disc golf hole 1, 2 and 18 and Geocaching open daily 11am-4pm starting today, Friday, June 16. Hiking trails, and other activities including play structure, slackline, croquet and disc golf holes 3-17 will open as snow permits.


Tram and the Lake

Enjoy a glorious 360 panorama and sweeping view of the lake. Photo: Ben ArnstEven if you’re not skiing or riding this weekend, you can still take in the views and play in the snow! The Aerial Tram is open daily for sightseeing, and currently there’s plenty of snow at the top of High Camp. Tip: Puchase in advance online and save up to $10! Here are the sightseeing hours:

  • Mon-Fri: 10:40am-4:20pm (last download 5pm)
  • Sat/Sun: 10am-4:20pm (last download 5pm)


Saturday & Sunday // 11am-5pm
Live music + food/beer/wine + lots of dogs at Peaks and Paws this weekend!

Looking for a fun way to spend time with your furry friend outdoors this weekend? Check out the 8th Annual Peaks and Paws Festival this Saturday and Sunday! Dogs and their Masters can enjoy 2 days of live music, delicious food, and wine and beer tasting (people only!) amid Squaw Valley’s stunning mountain setting. The festival also includes a dog-friendly guided hike up the mountain, an array of specialty product pet vendors and a dock jumping competition with Splash Dogs. Plus, all of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

Dogs jumping

Check out a dock jumping competition with Splash Dogs

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