What’s New for Summer 2019 at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

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Alpenglow Expeditions to offer guided Via Ferrata tours up Tram Face. Credit: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

While skiers and snowboarders can still get their turns in every Friday through Sunday through June 30, and July 3-7, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is preparing for a sizzling summer with a variety of new activities and events for visitors of all ages.

Alpenglow Expeditions’ New Tahoe Via Ferrata & Grand Opening Party

Opened last fall, Alpenglow Expeditions’ Tahoe Via Ferrata will mark it’s first full season of adventure starting June 15. Located on the iconic Tram Face at Squaw Valley, the Tahoe Via Ferrata towers above The Village at Squaw Valley. A Via Ferrata, which means “Iron Road” in Italian, is a protected hiking and climbing experience. Regular operations for the Tahoe Via Ferrata begin on June 15 and will be open to ages 10+. Visitors have the option to purchase group or private tours that each last 2.5, 4, or 7 hours. Participants will take routes that include cable bridges, metal rungs to aid in climbing, and more traditional rock scrambling sections. Every participant will be guided by professionally-trained mountain guides and will be secured to the rock using permanent steel anchors and cables. A harness, helmet and safety lanyard will be provided by Alpenglow Expeditions. Reservations can be made here.

Tahoe Via Ferrata will celebrate its grand opening with a party on July 3. Attendees can enjoy a half-day climb on the Tahoe Via Ferrata for just $99 (using the code “ViaGO” at checkout). There will be music by Truth Cartel in The Village from 2-5 p.m., along with the Sufferfest Beer Booth with all proceeds benefiting the Truckee Donner Land Trust and Donner Summit Climbers Coalition. For more information on the event, click here.

Active Events

Freedom Fest featuring Paul Oakenfold | July 4-6

Freedom Fest returns to celebrate the close of the ski season and the Fourth of July. Squaw Valley will be open for one last opportunity to ski and snowboard on July 3-7 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. At Freedom Fest, on July 4-6, attendees will enjoy three days of live music at outdoor venues like Gold Coast, High Camp’s pool and hot tub, and the KT Base Bar. Top musicians will include Grant Farm performing their Grantful Dead Revue and Paul Oakenfold, a world-renowned musician who will bring his legendary DJ performance to the KT Deck on July 5, for an all-ages set that will lead into a dazzling fireworks display. A lift ticket, 2018-19 Ikon Pass, or 2019-20 Ikon Pass is required to access on-mountain concerts. For more information, click here.

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The largest yoga lifestyle event in the world. Credit: Wanderlust

Wanderlust Festival | July 18-21

Wanderlust, the largest yoga lifestyle event in the world, returns to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for their 11th annual, four-day festival in the mountains, happening July 18-21. The event will feature yoga experiences, outdoor adventures, a series of speakeasy lectures, farm-to-table dining and top music, including performances by headliners Above & Beyond and Thievery Corporation. To purchase tickets or see the full programming, visit Wanderlust’s website here.

Broken Arrow Skyrace | June 21-23

The Broken Arrow Skyrace, California’s exclusive skyrunning event presented by Salomon, returns to Squaw Valley on June 21-23. The three-day event features some of the most challenging high-altitude trail running in the state. The races will start in The Village at Squaw Valley and wind through the mountainous terrain surrounding the area. This event draws elite runners from around the world. The 26k race is part of the World Mountain Running Association World Cup and is a qualifying race for the World Championships, while the 52k and 26k are 2019 UTMB Qualifying Races. But there’s also room for recreational runners. Returning for the second year is the Kids Race and the 11K events, which opened the Broken Arrow Skyrace up to more ability levels.

The event will conclude with a celebration over first-class food, craft beer, music, films and fun activities for the whole family. More information about the race can be found here.

Zen on the Mountain

First-Ever Sierra Flow Yoga

Sierra Flow yoga takes place at an outdoor location in the Village at Squaw Valley, weather and conditions permitting. Offered by Wanderlust Yoga Studio, the 60-minute class is designed to evoke a sense of harmony by using nature as a common theme. Moderately paced, Sierra Flow incorporates a balanced practice of postures with breath and nature to clear the mind, heighten awareness and replenish depleted energy. Guests can bring their own mat or rent one from the studio. Click here for more information and class schedule.

New Mindful Hiking 

Wanderlust Yoga Studio’s new mindful hikes offer a unique experience and theme grounded in nature and connection. Each class is guided by an experienced teacher. Along the trails, hikers will find wildflowers, take in scenic views of waterfalls and see wildlife. There is an optional Rise & Shine yoga offering prior to the hike from 7:30-8:30 a.m. The cost of the hike is $30. The cost of yoga and hike is $40. Click here for more information and class schedule.

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High Camp’s hot tub. Credit: SVAM

Outdoor Adventures

The North Face Free Daily Guided Hikes

From June 14-Sept. 2, visitors will be able to join free guided hikes to experience the high alpine flora, fauna and jaw-dropping views of Lake Tahoe. Hikes start from High Camp at 8,200 feet. Early season hikes may include snowshoeing, as some portions of the trail will be covered in snow. Snowshoes are provided free of charge. Click here for more information.

High Camp Experience & Reduced Midweek Pricing

Located at 8,200 feet and accessed by the scenic Aerial Tram, High Camp’s hot tub is currently open and the pool is scheduled to open on June 14. Both are accessible between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The pool and hot tub will close for the season on Aug. 5 due to a renovation project. The roller rink, climbing wall, geocaching and lawn games will be open from June 14 until Sept. 2, daily from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sightseeing packages are $49 for adults on weekends and $39 on weekdays, and include unlimited Aerial Tram rides with access to hiking trails, disc golf, lawn games, and geocaching. Adventure packages are $59 for adults on weekends and $49 on weekdays and include unlimited Aerial Tram rides, access to the pool and hot tub, roller skating and other mentioned activities. For more information on High Camp activities, click here.

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