Squaw Valley Reopening This Weekend

Squaw officially closed for the season a few weeks ago. But for Memorial Day weekend, the resort will reopen for skiing.
Squaw Valley PowPow

Now you can celebrate the upcoming Memorial Weekend by shredding Squaw Valley. The California resort has announced that it will reopen Saturday and Sunday for skiing and riding.

Three lifts—the Cable Car, Links, and Shirley Lake—will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After hitting the slopes, kick back at the Poolside Umbrella Bar & Memorial Weekend BBQ, open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’ve retired your skis for the season, you can still enjoy mountaintop dining, sightseeing, swimming and shopping at 8,200 feet via the Cable Car.

All-day lift tickets cost $44 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, $25 for those with next season’s Bronze Pass, and are free if you have purchased a Silver, Gold, or Platinum pass for the 2010/2011 season. All adult lift tickets also include free access to the High Camp Swimming Lagoon & Spa, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Squaw Valley offers 50 percent off any suite through June 2 with its Memorial Day Sale.

The Cable Car will be open for sightseeing, dining, shopping, and ice-skating the weekend of June 5-6 and then will open for the summer season on June 12.


Ride the Granite Chief chairlift on a powder day if you feel like showing off—small and large cliff bands are located right under the chair for prime spectator heckling."Make sure that every line you’re going to ski is in plain view for everyone to see," jokes pro skier and Squaw local Elyse Saugstad. "Right before you drop into your line, claim aloud how cool you are." Eben Mond at Squaw Valley.

Squaw Valley: 5 Insider Tips

There have been whole books (like Squallywood, by Robb Gaffney) written about how to ski the gnarliest lines at Squaw Valley, California. So there aren't a lot of secrets left. But we uncovered a few insider tips (with help from local pro skier Elyse Saugstad) that might help anyone planning a visit to Squaw.

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Anatomy: Squaw Valley's Palisades

Locals have a mantra for the Palisades: “When in doubt, air it out.” This granite block has cameoed so many times in ski-porn that its 60-footers and vise-grip couloirs are as familiar as Glen Plake’s mohawk.

"You gettin' my good side?" Danny Day tears down Squallywood's silver screen.

Opening Day at Squaw

For those to whom Squaw Valley is a religion, rejoice, your church has reopened for worship. JT Holmes celebrated opening day by BASE-jumping off the tram. Video here.

Tram Face

Freeride World Tour: Coming to Squaw Valley's Tram Face This Weekend?

The Freeride World Tour, a European-based big-mountain competition, will make its only visit to the U.S this weekend when it comes to Squaw Valley, California. The competition is slated to take place on Sunday on the legendary Tram Face, a permanently closed venue filled with rocky cliffs and steep chutes. We spoke to Squaw locals and FWT competitors Cody Townsend and Elyse Saugstad about what to expect this weekend.

Snow at Squaw

Opening Day at Squaw

Squaw Valley will crank the lifts on November 21, with opening ceremonies that include skier and BASE jumper, J.T Holmes, leaping from the Cable Car and a champagne toast with Johnny Moseley.