Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows in Olympic Valley, California, has announced plans to be the first major resort to open for the 2016 -17 season. With an ambitious timeframe between November 11 – 18th, they aim to once again take the top spot as hosting Tahoe’s longest season.
How to they do it? This past year an additional $1 million has been pumped into the already beefed up snowmaking system, packing a winter wonderland punch with 317 guns on the two mountains. The substantial snowmaking capabilities, once fired up, plan to operate around the clock in preparation for opening day.
Last season had the earliest opening date in over a decade, thanks in large part to the now $9 million dollar investment in snowmaking. Conditions permitting, Squaw Valley looks to repeat that feat. The current Tahoe Super Pass is now on sale starting at $469.
“Kick off the 2016-17 season with us early! We’ve moved our opening date up to as early as November 11, weather and conditions permitting. With over $1 million in snowmaking enhancements for the upcoming season, a total of $9 million over six years, and the best snowmakers in the industry, we are feeling great about an early opening. Once the snowmaking system is fired up for the 2016-17 season, the snowmaking team at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will operate around the clock to prepare to open between November 11 and 18.” – Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows Highlights:
- Alpine World Cup ski racing returns to Squaw Valley for the first time in nearly 50 years – March 2017
- New Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows App is first ski resort app with one-touch “group” creation and tracking
- Voted Best Ski Resort in North America by USA Today 2016
- CNN: Best Places to Ski on Earth 2014-15
- 6,000 acres /42 lifts
- 270 Trails/Wide open bowls
- Host 1960 Olympics