Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA, opened yesterday for skiing and riding. Resort teams took advantage of over three feet of recent snowfall and low overnight snowmaking temperatures to pull off a last-minute early opening. Thanks to their hard work, skiers and riders were able to play one day early. The resort has a strong spread of terrain for the early season, with seven lifts open, 28 trails, and good skiing off of the groomers too. More terrain is expected to open in the coming days.
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Squaw Valley fired up the Red Dog, Squaw Creek, Far East Express, and Exhibition chairlifts for opening, accessing a variety of intermediate terrain as well as views of Lake Tahoe. In the SnoVentures area, a magic carpet has access to beginner terrain along with terrain park features.
In an opening day first, Alpine Meadows kicked off the season with the Treeline Cirque chairlift open to the mid-station–Treeline Cirque is an express quad chair that made its debut last season. Together with Roundhouse chairlift, Alpine Meadows has a strong offering of wide, intermediate runs for early season skiers and riders. The Tiegel Terrain Park also has several small features going as well.
As a reminder, Ikon Pass holders will continue to have the best and most flexible access to the resort, with no reservations required at this time. The resort has temporarily eliminated the sale of “walk-up” ticket sales and is tightly controlling the sale of advance purchase tickets. For the time being, tickets are not available to purchase and use before January 4th unless they are booked in conjunction with a ski and ride school lesson, rental or demo equipment, or lodging in The Village at Squaw Valley.
The resort is requiring guests to physically distance and wear a face covering of two or more layers. This can be the same 2+ layer mask you’ve been wearing to the grocery store or if you want to wear a neck gaiter for warmth, make sure that it has two layers of fabric or is folded to make two layers. Yes, there’s a lot to know these days! Guests can find detailed information about COVID-19 policies on the 2020-21 Winter Experience page and ten things they need to know on the resort blog.
Downloading the Squaw Alpine app and enabling notifications is the best way to get fast and accurate information on lift openings, new snow, and terrain.