Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows received 9 inches of new snow in the most recent storm to hit Tahoe ski resorts.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows reported that 9 inches of snow fell in a 24-hour period that ended Saturday morning (Nov. 14) on the upper mountains of both Squaw and Alpine.
Weather and conditions permitting for skiing and snowboarding, Squaw-Alpine has its opening date scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 25.
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Ikon Pass holders will continue to have the best and most flexible access to Squaw-Alpine, with no reservations currently required to access the mountain. The resort will manage general visitation by temporarily eliminating the sale of “walk-up” tickets at the window, and tightly controlling the sale of advance purchase tickets.
As of right now, tickets are not available to purchase and use prior to Jan. 4. Guests who book a ski and ride school lesson, rentals or book lodging directly through The Village at Squaw Valley will have priority access to tickets.
Operations during COVID-19 will require guests and the resort to work together. Squaw-Alpine is committed to providing space for physical distancing, adhering to safety policies and remaining flexible in the face of the inevitable changes throughout the season.
At Squaw-Alpine and all other Tahoe ski resorts, guests must educate themselves in advance about COVID-19 policies, respect those policies while on site, follow resort communications as they are updated, and remain flexible.
Squaw-Alpine skiers and riders should book in advance of their visit and plan to visit midweek for the best possible experience. The most updated information, including Frequently Asked Questions, resort policies and practices will be available on the 2020-21 Winter Experience page throughout the season.
SUGAR BOWL: The resort is hoping for an opening on Friday (Nov. 27), the day after Thanksgiving.
Sugar Bowl received 10 inches of snow earlier this week and more arrived with Friday’s storm. The resort says conditions are trending in the right direction, but they are yet to make an official statement regarding opening day.
Lift tickets, rentals and private lessons went back on sale Friday. Below are some important points to understand before purchase.
During this initial phase of lift ticket sales, Sugar Bowl is only making tickets available for the period from Nov. 27 through Dec. 18. It will release lift tickets for dates beyond Dec. 18 – including for the Christmas holiday period – during the first week of December.
The only place skiers and riders can buy a Sugar Bowl lift ticket is online at www.sugarbowl.com. Tickets must be purchased at least one calendar date prior to the planned visit day. No walk-up, day-of lift tickets will be sold at the ski area.
All lift tickets are date-specific when purchasing. At the time of purchase, a specific person needs to be assigned to each lift ticket and only that person can use the ticket.
Guests should not enter the Sugar Bowl premises this winter unless they have already purchased a ticket/pass valid for the day. Lift tickets are non-changeable, non-transferable and non-refundable.
The number of lift tickets available for each day is limited. Sugar Bowl expects sell-outs to occur on many days. Buy online far in advance to have the best chance of getting tickets for preferred dates. If the preferred date is initially not available, check back later. The resort will continuously update lift ticket availability based on weather, the amount of lifts/terrain open and other factors.
Rentals and private lessons are also available booking online. All online rental and private lesson products include a lift ticket for the day. If interested in purchasing rentals or private lessons without a lift ticket, call 530 426-9000 to purchase over the phone.
VAIL RESORTS – TAHOE: Northstar California ski resort has tentatively set its opening date for Nov. 20. It appears Northstar will be the first Tahoe ski resort to open for the 2020-21 season.
Northstar, along with two other Vail Resorts in Tahoe – Kirkwood, Heavenly – began snowmaking operations Oct. 25. Tentative opening dates are Nov. 20 for Heavenly and Dec. 4 for Kirkwood. None of the three resorts are currently reporting snow totals.
Northstar Epic passholders will receive priority access to the reservation system, as well as exclusive early season access from opening day through Dec. 7. The resort, located off Highway 267 in Truckee, won’t sell lift tickets until Dec. 8.
TAHOE SKI RESORT OPENINGS
- Heavenly: November 20
- Northstar: November 20
- Squaw Valley: November 25
- Alpine Meadows: November 25
- Sugar Bowl: November 27
- Diamond Peak: December 10
- Homewood: December 11
- Tahoe Donner: December 11
- Granlibakken: December 18
- Mt. Rose: TBA
- Sierra-at-Tahoe: TBA