Squaw Valley will open for the season Wednesday, Nov. 27 with six lifts for skiing and riding, as well as snowtubing, scenic aerial tram rides, ice skating, shopping, and dining. The Lake Tahoe resort recently received 10 inches of snow, and snowmaking efforts have been underway since before Halloween.
“Our snowmaking and grooming teams have done an amazing job getting the mountain ready to open,” said Mike Livak, executive vice president of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. “The snow conditions are incredible, and we are thrilled to offer skiing on the upper mountain for opening day, along with so many great family activities.”
Terrain and Activities for Opening Day
Starting Nov. 27, skiers and riders can take Squaw’s Funitel up the mountain to ski and snowboard down Gold Coast. Downloading will be required on the Funitel. The ARC at Gold Coast will also be open for lunch and drinks.
At the base of the mountain, kids and beginners can ride the FirstVenture chairlift and the SnoVentures carpet to ski and ride easy, green runs. Two magic carpets will also be open at Squaw Kids for children’s lessons through Sunday, Dec. 1.
Beyond skiing and snowboarding, Squaw will offer family snowtubing at the base of the mountain. Squaw’s aerial tram will also be open for scenic rides with incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada. The tram rises 2,000 feet to High Camp, where families and friends can also enjoy ice skating amid stunning mountain views on Squaw’s mountaintop, open-air ice rink. For full details on early-season operations, please visit www.squaw.com/the-mountain/early-operations.
Full Activity Menu for Opening Day and Thanksgiving Weekend:
- Skiing and riding on Gold Coast on Squaw’s upper mountain
- Beginner skiing and riding at SnoVentures
- Snowtubing at SnoVentures
- Scenic aerial tram rides
- Mountaintop ice skating, at the top of the aerial tram
- Adult ski and snowboard lessons
- Dining on-mountain and in The Village at Squaw Valley
- Shopping in The Village at Squaw Valley
Lift Ticket Pricing
Squaw Valley will be starting the season off with discounted lift tickets. Adults can ski all day for $76, youth and seniors for $65, super seniors for $40 and kids 12 and under for $40. Prices are valid through Sunday, December 1. For more information on ticket pricing and the most up-to-date conditions and operations, please see www.squaw.com or call 1-800-403-0206.
Last Chance to Save on Skiing and Snowboarding
Opening day also marks the final week in which skiers and riders can purchase a Tahoe Super Pass at the current reduced rates. Starting at just $639, the Tahoe Super Pass offers access to 6,000 acres, 42 lift and 270 trails at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Gold and Silver passholders also gain season-long access to Sierra-at-Tahoe (Sunday-Friday, non-holiday), and all Gold passholders get 50% off lift tickets at Alta Snowbird, Aspen|Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth and Whistler Blackcomb all season long with no blackout dates. The Tahoe Super Pass is on sale now through December 1 at currently discounted prices. Pass prices are slated to go up $150 after December 1.
About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 29 chairlifts, and ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. Off the mountain, families relax in The Village at Squaw Valley around the cozy fire pits or enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries. Guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s newly upgraded suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony, for the ultimate slopeside lodging experience.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 42 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass.