What a season we're having at Squaw Alpine! So far we've received 682" (over 56 feet) on the upper mountain, experienced our snowiest month ever (who can forget #februBURIED?), and skied some of Tahoe's best and deepest powder. After what seemed like endless storm days during the height of this winter, Spring weather has finally arrived! We are loving the warmer temperatures, sunny skies and soft snow, and we look forward to hosting Tahoe's longest season once again. As we move deeper into the Spring and Summer seasons, our operations will shift due to snowmelt, weather & conditions and scheduled lift maintenance and construction. Here is our anticipated operating schedule (weather and conditions permitting) so you can plan your Spring shredding.
Squaw Valley Lift Operations
We still have over 2 months to go at Squaw Valley! Here are the details:
- Squaw Valley will be open for skiing & riding daily through Memorial Day (Monday, May 27)
- Current hours are 9am-4pm, but will shift earlier to 8am-2pm in late April/early May to maximize time with the best Spring conditions
- Squaw Valley will be open every weekend (Friday – Sunday) from May 31 – July 1
- Squaw Valley will be open for the Fourth of July Weekend, Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7
Still a deep base on the upper mountain. Photo: April 16, 2019 by Ben Arnst
While the upper mountain at Squaw still has ample coverage (over 200" base at 8,000'), snow depths at the base area/lower mountain get thinner each day with the warm weather. Our crews also have to perform routine maintenance on chairlifts every summer in preparation for the following season, and this work needs to start right away to make sure we are ready to open in time. Based on these factors, here is the anticipated lift operating plan at Squaw, conditions permitting:
- April 21: Last day for Headwall*, Red Dog, Squaw Creek, Far East, Solitude and SnoVentures
- *Headwall is closing due to lift maintenance, but Reverse Traverse & Headwall terrain will remain open
- May 12: Last day for KT-22
- May 27: Last day for Granite Chief, Siberia, Mountain Meadow and Bailey's Beach
- Friday-Sunday May 31-June 30 & July 3-7: The Funitel, Big Blue, Gold Coast and Shirley Lake will be open for skiing & riding, weather and conditions permitting.
If you haven't already heard, Alpine is getting a brand new lift for next season! The current Hot Wheels chairlift is being replaced and extended with a High Speed Quad. The new chairlift will have an unload-only mid-station where the current top terminal of Hot Wheels is. From there, the path will turn 31 degrees and continue up to the top of Sherwood Cliffs (looker's right of Arts Knob). This is an extensive project, and work including pre-construction and tree removal will start next week to ensure the construction is complete for the 2019/20 season.
Photo: Ben Birk at Alpine Meadows on April 17, 2019
Here are the operational details:
- Alpine Meadows will be open daily through Sunday, April 21
- April 21: Last day for Sherwood, Scott, Lakeview and Hot Wheels lifts & terrain due to construction project
- April 26 - May 19: Alpine will be open Friday-Monday via Summit and/or Roundhouse, conditions permitting
LINE Ski crew in the Gold Coast Park on April 16, 2019. Photo: Laura Obermeyer
Whether you love to hit the park features or just watch the action from the lift, spring terrain parks are always a blast at the Spring Skiing Capital! Here's the plan:
- Alpine Meadows parks will be open through April 21
- Belmont Park at Squaw Valley will be open through April 21
- Gold Coast park will expand upon its current larger features to include more small/medium features once Belmont closes, and will be open through at least Memorial Day, May 27
High Camp Hot Tub
Crews digging out the High Camp Hot Tub
After over 50 feet fell on our upper mountains, there is A LOT of snow at High Camp. Our crews are currently working to finish digging out and performing maintenance on the Hot Tub and Pool. The tentative opening date for the Hot Tub is May 10, but stay tuned for more updates!