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Squaw Alpine Mountain Resort - Home of the 1960 Winter Olympics

Voted ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America for the third year in a row by USA Today and 10 Best Readers’ Choice, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe, California. Spanning over 6,000 skiable acres across two mountains, skiers and riders of all ability levels are welcomed by over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain, legendary steeps, 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones and a custom app to make the most of every visit. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year round with nonstop events and over 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny California days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the Spring Skiing Capital™ as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe.

Located off Highway 89, between Truckee and Tahoe City, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley is just 42 miles from Reno, 96 miles from Sacramento and 196 miles from San Francisco via all weather Interstate 80. Seasons Winter: November – Mid-May Daily Lift Operations: 9am-4pm, subject to change due to weather and conditions Night Operations: 3:30-7pm on select dates Summer: Mid-May – Mid-September Aerial Tram Hours Elevations Base Elevation: 6,200’ Peak Elevation: 9,050’ Vertical rise: 2,850’ / 869 m Six Mountain Peaks: Snow King – 7,552’ Broken Arrow – 8,030’ KT-22 – 8,070’ Emigrant – 8,774’ Squaw Peak - el. 8,885’ Granite Chief - el. 9,006’ Snow Average Annual Snowfall: 450 inches Snowmaking: 11 out of 29 lifts Monthly Snowfall Average November: 40 inches December: 123 inches January: 74 inches February: 57 inches March: 91 inches April: 67 inches May: 8 inches Trail Classification (total mountain acreage) 25% Beginner 45% Intermediate 30% Advanced Skiable Acres: 3,600 Trails: 170+ Bowls: 16 Longest Run: Mountain Run, 3.2 miles or 5.15km Lift System Total Number of Lifts: 29 Aerial Tram: 1 (110-person tram) Funitel: 1 (28-person gondola) Express 6-pacs: 4 Express Quads: 3 Fixed-Grip Quad: 1 Triple Chairs: 9 Double Chairs: 5 Surface Lifts: 3 Magic Carpets: 2 Uphill Capacity: 53,500 people per hour Terrain Parks Belmont Park Gold Coast Park Mainline Park SnoVentures Start Park High Camp Start Park Climate (average daytime highs and night time lows in Fahrenheit) Nov: 47 high, 24 low Dec: 40 high, 20 low Jan: 36 high, 16 low Feb: 39 high, 18 low Mar: 44 high, 21 low Apr: 50 high, 26 low May: 60 high, 32 low *Squaw Valley sees more than 300 days of cloudless, sunny skies per year.

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Sierra-at-Tahoe Sets Opening Date for the 2019/20 Season

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – November 27, 2019 – Sierra-at-Tahoe is please to announce that it will begin spinning lifts for the 2019-20 Winter Season this Saturday, November 30, at 8:30AM. After a slow start to November, Mother Nature has turned on the tap, bringing Sierra two feet of snow and counting in the last 48 hours. This, combined with Sierra’s snowmaking efforts, will allow the resort to open for operation this Saturday. Conditions permitting, Sierra plans to run Easy Rider Express, Rock Garden Chair and two surface lifts, with access to 2 runs and one terrain park. “It truly...

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Seeking Desolation Wilderness Volunteers

Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit Seeking hard-working, dedicated volunteers who love working outdoors, educating wilderness visitors SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Do you love the wilderness? Are you committed to preserving its’ breathtaking beauty? Do you love working with people and spending time in the outdoors? Can you match your motive for volunteering with the mission and priorities of the Forest Service? Most importantly, do you have the time, willingness and dedication to volunteer and help preserve our most popular back-country natural area near Lake Tahoe? If so, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) may offer...

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Seeking Desolation Wilderness Volunteers

Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit Seeking hard-working, dedicated volunteers who love working outdoors, educating wilderness visitors SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Do you love the wilderness? Are you committed to preserving its’ breathtaking beauty? Do you love working with people and spending time in the outdoors? Can you match your motive for volunteering with the mission and priorities of the Forest Service? Most importantly, do you have the time, willingness and dedication to volunteer and help preserve our most popular back-country natural area near Lake Tahoe? If so, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) may offer...

Top 50 Sierra Destinations

In honor of My 50th Birthday I give You My 50 Favorite Sierra Locations I have been Blessed to Visit Sierra Rec Magazine Exclusive – Charlie Pankey – November 9, 2019 – Ok so I am no spring chicken any longer, but I have had a blessed couple years of exploring the natural wonders of the Sierra and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon. My 50th Birthday is a time to celebrate the many blessings that God has granted me including a great family and good friends to share my experiences with along the way. As I...

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Trees on the Tahoe National Forest

Nevada City, Calif. – Keep the family tradition alive this year or start a new one by cutting a tree for the holidays in the Tahoe National Forest! Experience cool mountain air, the forest floor crunching beneath your boots, and finding that perfect tree in a hidden glade…All of these moments await those who purchase a Holiday Tree Cutting Permit for only $10.00 from the Tahoe National Forest or other vendors. Holiday Tree Cutting Permits are available at all locations below beginning November 12, 2019. Fourth graders can obtain a FREE Tahoe National Forest Holiday Tree Cutting Permit by presenting an Every Kid Outdoors...

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SNOWMAKING BEGINS IN TAHOE, OPENING DAY CELEBRATIONS SET FOR HEAVENLY, NORTHSTAR AND KIRKWOOD

Heavenly began making snow yesterday morning using the largest snowmaking system on the West Coast of the United States. Northstar and Kirkwood will follow soon on Friday, Nov. 1. TAHOE, Calif. — Oct. 28, 2019 – Cold temperatures and dry air have created ideal conditions for making snow in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort all plan to take advantage of this week’s cool weather window to build a solid base for the upcoming 2019-20 winter season.Heavenly turned on their snowmaking machines at 9 a.m. on Sunday, activating the largest snowmaking...

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Celebrating 50 Years of Preservation, Recreation and Education In Desolation Wilderness

Once Known Simply As The “Devils Valley” Desolation Wilderness Turns 50! Sierra Rec Magazine, October 2019 – In 1969, the Lake Tahoe Region became home to Americas newest Wilderness Area, Desolation Wilderness. A 64,000 acre plot of land once called the “Devils Valley” inhabited only by the Washoe and set aside as the Desolation Valley Primitive Area in 1931. Desolation Wilderness in 50 years has become one of the most visited wilderness areas in the United States. With the proximity to Lake Tahoe and the easy of access provided by numerous trailheads from every side of the wilderness boundary,...

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day on your National Forest

Celebrate National Public Lands Day on approximately 154,000 acres of National Forest System lands in the Tahoe Basin SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Did you know the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) manages approximately 78 percent of the public land in the Tahoe Basin? Well, now you know and just in time to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD)! NPLD is the largest, single-day celebration of public lands and volunteer events that takes place on public lands across the country on Sat., Sep. 28, 2019. In recognition of NPLD, the LTBMU will waive the parking fee at Eagle Falls...

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