Squaw Valley is Open

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Squaw Valley USA (News Release) - A dense upper mountain snow pack of over three feet,deposited by a strong Pacific storm, allowed Squaw Valley USA to open earlyfor skiing and snowboarding with conditions rarely seen this time of year.In addition, Squaw Valley has announced plans to open the Riviera Halfpipeon Saturday November 23, it's earliest opening ever.

"It is truly remarkable that we have been able to open so much terrain afterjust the first storm of the season," explained Eric Brandt, Director ofMarketing for Squaw Valley Ski Corp. "We are even more excited that we willbe able to add a halfpipe to the mix so soon."

Squaw Valley USA's season kicked into high gear November 8-11 when a strongwinter storm pounded the mountain with rain, 140 mph winds and over four feet of snow on the upper elevations. It was a combination of forces thatgenerated the excellent base: the nature of the storm, Squaw Valley's highelevation and its unique location along the Sierra crest where the mountainsface predominantly northeast. This geography and exposure, combined withconsistent freezing temperatures, allowed the snow to pile up, settle, andfreeze, creating ideal early season snow coverage.

"This was the perfect scenario for the start of the season," stated JimmyKing, Squaw Valley's Mountain Manager. "The heavy, wet snow early in thislast storm saturated the ground and the subsequent snow and coldtemperatures have set the snow up perfectly."

Rounding out the early season excitement is the re-opening of the OlympicIce Pavilion at High Camp on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2002. The rinkhas recently been upgraded with a new state-of-the-art, energy efficient andenvironmentally friendly cooling system as well as a new skating surface.

Seven lifts are in operation daily accessing terrain for beginner,intermediate, and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Early season ticketprices are $42 for adults, $21 for juniors and seniors and $5 for children12 and under. In addition, to help guests take advantage of the excellentconditions, Squaw Valley Central Reservations has designed several specialearly season lodging packages to make a visit to Squaw Valley USA inNovember and December as affordable and fun as possible. Call 800-545-4350for more information.

Site of the VIII Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley USA is located fivemiles north of Lake Tahoe along the Truckee River on Highway 89. Theyear-round resort offers 4,000 acres of lift served terrain including threehalf pipes and three terrain parks, ice-skating, snowtubing, indoor rockclimbing, an Olympic Winter Games Museum, shopping, dining and the newVillage at Squaw Valley USA. For more information call 530-583-6985, orvisit www.squaw.com