Friday, August 31, 2012

Big improvements coming to Squaw Valley/Alpine resorts

Alpine Meadows

Andy Worth, president and CEO of the recently merged Squaw/Alpine resorts, is continuing with capital improvements to both resorts. He calls it “year two” of the “renaissance”.

Worth is reporting that nearly $24 million dollars was spent for the 2012-2013 season. They expect to spend $70 million dollars by the 2015-2016 season, when the renaissance is expected to be complete.

Squaw Valley will be getting some new lifts for this season. The new Big Blue Express six-passenger chairlift will replace the High Camp chairlift. Big Blue has a different alignment than High Camp and it will extend to the top of Shirley Lake ridgeline! This will make for a quicker trip to Shirley Lake, Granite Chief and Solitude chairs.

The Links chairlift will be removed and replaced with a triple chairlift named Mountain Meadow. Mountain Meadow will be realigned and will bring riders/skiers up to the ridgeline near Solitude and Silverado chairs.

Other Squaw improvements for 2012-2013:
$2.6 million for improved snowmaking.
New sports shop called Parallel Sports will open.
New snowboard shop called The Ledge Board Shop.
Squaw will become a Burton Learn to Ride Center.
The Olympic Plaza Bar will be remodeled.
The big news for Alpine Meadows will be sorely needed snowmaking upgrades. They hope to make more snow and faster to lengthen their season. They also updated their ticket office for faster service and one-stop shopping.

The terrain park has been improved by Snow Park Technologies (SPT). SPT has built the parks for the Dew Tour and Winter X Games. Alpine is now boasting, “Tahoe’s only mile-long terrain park”.

There will be a Burton Learn to Ride Center here at Alpine. Burton will specialize in the “adult” beginner.

Squaw and Alpine combine to provide 6,000 skiable acres with 43 lifts and more than 270 trails.

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