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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

SnoCountry SnoCast: Thankful For A Huge Western Snowfall

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Thanksgiving weekend will be especially tasty in the western United States and Canada with multiple helpings of snow storms.

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‘The Experience’ On And Off The Mountain Highlights California Upgrades

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Renovations all around at early-opening California ski and snowboard resorts – in restaurants, base lodges, bars and on the hill.

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Oh Say, Do You Après? Après Fun Then And Now

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Apres-ski singing was popular with folk tunes joining ski songs in 1950s and 1960s. (Dick Smith/State of NH)

Early ski trips were largely couple- and singles-oriented affairs, with 1930s’ snow trains popularizing the social connections and good times that became associated with the sport. Many joined ski trips just for the fun of the après-ski life — skiing was optional if looking for a mate.

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Squaw, Tesla Combo To Store Power

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Battery storage will help keep lifts running (Squaw Valley/Facebook)

Keeping a steady flow of electricity to ski and snowboard mountains is a major challenge for operators. So a Squaw Valley move to install a storage system is significant.

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Squaw Valley Clears Development Hurdle

Squaw Valley Clears Development Hurdle

This rendering shows what the base area will look like after redevelopment (Squaw Valley Tomorrow)

Squaw Valley officials say completion of final design and plans for the multi-decade project can get underway after Placer County approval of its ambitious development plans for the base area.


 

The project at the Lake Tahoe resort reflects a trend among Western resorts to upgrade into order to keep up with their international and domestic competitors. Officials recognize that the pre-eminence of Squaw Valley in the 1960s and 1980s has waned, due greatly to the lack of concerted updating and reinivigorating the property.

About 90 percent of the project lies on existing parking lots, according to resort officials, and calls for an overhaul of existing retail outlets, and construction of about 1,500 new beds in some 750 lodging units. The initial work on the project would include ski in/ski out lodging, fractional cabins on the west side of the base area, and the Mountain Adventure Camp – a 90,000 square foot rec center that sits partially on the previous center’s footprint.

The timeline for completion of the $1 billion project extends out as far as 25 years, and initial work won’t begin until planning approvals can be secured for each portion of the development.



“Each lot that is to be developed will be subject to a similar public review and approval process that includes opportunity for community input, so nothing is immediately going to start in the way of construction,” Squaw’s Jess VanPernis Weaver told SnoCountry.com, noting that actual construction may not begin for a couple of years.

The project sits on 22 parcels owned by KSL Capital Partners, which bought the resort in 2010 from closely held interests that stretch back to the 1949 opening of the mountain. Recently, Squaw Valley and neighboring Alpine Meadows joined forces.

Opening day for the 2016-2017 season is slated for Nov. 23, weather permitting.

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Lake Tahoe Resorts Shrug Off Pessimism, Ready For A New Season

Glades at Diamond PeakBuoyed by talk of El Niño and eternal optimism, the 14 alpine resorts around Lake Tahoe can’t wait to drop the ropes on the 2015-16 season.

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Gondola Set To Link Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows; Base To Base

Base to Base gondola Squaw/AlpineSquaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC announced it has reached an agreement with the owner of private land located between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows to create a base-to-base gondola connection between the two mountains. 

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Tahoe’s Powder Pass Nixes Holiday Blackouts; On Sale Through Dec. 20

Tahoe Powder PackMany season pass holders eschew the slopes during the holidays because of blackout dates – a circumstance that Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl want to change.

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Rejuvenated Terrain Highlights Upgrades At Squaw/Alpine Meadows

Glades at Squaw ValleyDespite 6,000-plus acres of skiing and riding already at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, the giant Lake Tahoe, Calif. sister resorts have tweaked their trail maps to give visitors even more options.

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Tahoe Resorts Shift Into Summer; Bikes, Adventure Parks, Disc Golf, Geocaching, More

Heavenly hiking

Snow has receded to all but the highest ridges around Lake Tahoe, signaling the start of a busy summer season in the northern California mountains.

 

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There’s Spring Skiing/Riding In Six States This Weekend

Mt. Bachelor spring

No need to hang ‘em up quite yet, but the list is indeed getting shorter. There’s skiing and riding in six states. Several resorts have stayed open continuously, while some others have closed during the week, but plan to re-open for the weekend. Here’s the rundown:

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New Freshies Keep Skiing, Riding Strong In West

Spring at Loveland

New snow in the West is keeping the season alive and well every day at several resorts in California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah. Several other ski areas are playing the “re-open” card on weekends.

 

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More Ski Areas Commit To Climate Challenge

NSAA Climate ChallengeThe National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) announced that 10 new ski areas have signed on to the snowsports industry’s Climate Challenge, an environmental initiative that targets carbon emission reductions.
 
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Crested Butte Joins More Than 35 Resorts Across North America Open This Weekend

Crested Butte reopens this weekend

It was a good season at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. So good, that its not over yet!

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California Dreamin’: Time To Get Best Deal On Next Season’s Passes

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The skiing and snowboard season in California was a mixed bag this season, but hope always springs eternal for the next season – as do the bargains for buying a season’s pass early.

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Streamlined Squaw Valley Base Project Detailed; Review Underway

Rendering of new Village of Squaw plan

Despite a second straight low-snow season in the Sierras, the owners of Squaw Valley, Calif. remain resolute about the future with a redevelopment plan for the resort’s base area.

 

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Winter Crashes Fall’s Arrival Party With Early-Season Snow

Squaw Valley Snow

Fall officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere Sunday bringing colder temperatures and snow across the inter-mountain west and high peaks of the Northeast.

 

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Former Amex Executive To Head Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Marketing

Cara Whitely, SV/AM

Cara Whitley has been appointed chief marketing officer for Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, parent company of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts in California.

 

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Squaw, Alpine To Add $8 Million In 2013-14 Improvements

Squaw Valley

Significant snowmaking improvements at both Lake Tahoe sister resorts Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows and much more have been announced.

 

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Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Pat’s Peak Aid Environmental Causes

Craney Pond To Pats Peak

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, Calif. and Pats Peak, N.H. may be about 3,000 miles apart by geography, but they are connected by their responses to environmental causes.

 

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