Following record-breaking snowfall in the 2016-17 season and the resort’s latest-ever closing date of July 15, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is already preparing for a Nov. 17 opening day, weather and conditions permitting.
Voted Best Ski Resort in North America by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice for the second year in a row, the resort will move forward with its commitment to enhancing the guest experience with upgrades to snowmaking, grooming, High Camp and the mobile app, plus a variety of new events including family-friendly additions to the second annual Merry Days & Holly Nights from Dec. 16 to 31.
NASTAR National Championships return
For the first time in nearly 40 years, the NASTAR National Championships return to the Sierra from March 21 to 25 as Squaw Valley hosts the 2018 Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships.
Following the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, the event will build on the enthusiasm generated by the Games and provide a new locale for fans to get involved with alpine sports.
Team USA visits in January
Team USA will be celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018 in Squaw Valley on Jan. 13, 2018. Fans can interact with Team USA athletes and share the excitement of the upcoming 2018 Winter Games. Additional details TBA.
Niseko added to Mountain Collective
The Mountain Collective continues to expand access to the world’s top resort destinations for the 2017-18 season with the addition of Northern Japan-based, Niseko United, as a global affiliate, and Sugarbush, Vermont and Snowbasin, Utah as resort partners. Additionally, existing partners Alta, Snowbird, Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise will separate to operate as individual destinations within The Mountain Collective Pass, providing twice the number of days at popular destinations in Utah and Alberta, Canada.
With these 2017-18 season additions, passholders will now have access to 40 days of skiing at 20 world renowned ski destinations. Visit mountaincollective.com.
China’s Genting Resort Secret Garden
The 2017-18 season will welcome a new trail name – Secret Garden – for Squaw Valley’s competition mogul course under the Red Dog chairlift, representing a partnership with Genting Resort Secret Garden in China and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ heightened engagement in the fast-growing Chinese skier market.
The partnership with Genting Secret Garden Resort includes privileges for season passholders, including five free days of skiing and exclusive discounts at the other resort, offering the opportunity to ski and ride at two Olympic host resorts: Genting Resort Secret Garden is the future host of the snowboarding and freestyle events for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction
From April 12 to 15, 2018, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will celebrate ski and snowboard history as it welcomes the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame to honor its class of 2017: athletes and sport builders with lifelong national and international achievements in the sport.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will provide a fitting backdrop for the various events, with the legacy of the 1960 Winter Games and the long lineage of celebrated athletes, including more current U.S. Ski Team members than any other resort in the country. Inductees and events line up will be announced soon at snowsporthistory.com.
High Camp Remodel
A major overhaul of High Camp, Squaw Valley’s mid-mountain facility located at 8,200 feet and accessed by the scenic Aerial Tram, will be complete for winter 2017-18.
Terrace Restaurant & Bar, Squaw Valley’s most scenic dining venue with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, will be completely renovated with a neutral, calm color pallet and simplified décor to create a light, airy feel and bring the spectacular outdoor surroundings into the space. Terrace Restaurant & Bar is expected to reopen in time for the Christmas holiday season.
A new High Camp Marketplace will offer healthy grab-and-go meals and snacks, coffee, espresso, wine and beer, plus all of the essential gear and accessories for a day out on the mountain. High Camp Marketplace will occupy a newly redesigned space on the top floor of High Camp, previously home to a retail store, and is expected for opening day on Nov. 17.
Silvey’s Cafe on the mezzanine level of the building will be removed and converted to a family seating area, including cozy chairs and couches and a play area for kids.
The location formerly known as Poolside Café will see a full interior reboot with rustic décor, and a new name: Granite Bistro. Granite Bistro is expected to open by Dec. 20.
Finally, the High Camp remodel will include new carpeting on stairs and hallways, updated accents and reconstruction of the Observation Deck, which scheduled for later in the winter season.
Alpine Meadows Lodge Upgrades
The Alpine Meadows Lodge will see improvements this season including eight new automatic sliding doors for easier entry from the sun deck into the mezzanine level of the building. Renovated walls and flooring and new lockers will update Locker Room 3 located through the doors on the right side of the breezeway as guests arrive at the mountain. The restrooms on the left through the breezeway, located near Locker Rooms 1 and 2, will have new touchless sink and toilet fixtures.
Snowmaking & Grooming
New snowmaking hydrants at Squaw Valley will allow faster and more productive snowmaking throughout the base area. At Alpine Meadows, the complete overhaul of several air compressors will allow for a more efficient use of resources when making snow. Four front-line PB 400 Groomers and three new PB 100’s will be in action at both mountains, clearing snow faster and more efficiently around chairlifts and bringing the fleet total to 42 machines. These powerhouse machines allow for maximum ground coverage and high angle grooming and have better fuel economy than current machines.
Snow Removal Fleet
Following a season where heavy snowfall posed challenges to clearing roads and parking for guests, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will have new snow removal machines to increase the expediency of clearing roads and parking lots. One such new unit at Squaw Valley will have the capacity to move up to 5,000 metric tons of snow per hour. During periods of heavy snowfall, the resort will also consider the continued use of a large snow melter, similar to those used to clear city roads, which converts snow to water rather than relocating it.
Food & Beverage Updates
In The Village at Squaw Valley, Rocker@Squaw will see updated interior design this winter, while Funi’s on-mountain market at Gold Coast will feature new fresh, healthy salads and house made soups.
Upgrades to App
A leaderboard feature will allow users to compare their ski day performance with the rest of the Squaw Alpine community while allowing for friendly competition with friends. Real-time mountain information will also be expanded, with an up-to-date ETA now available for both the Aerial Tram and Squaw Alpine Express shuttle.
Additionally, the app will now carry live snow and weather conditions at three different elevations and one-touch access to the Squaw Alpine Mountain Ops Twitter feed, straight from the app. Coupled with a new site-specific notification system enabled through beacon technology at each chairlift, skiers and riders will be kept up to date on changing conditions and resort updates.
For more information on the resort, visit squawalpine.com.