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Memorial Day Weekend: Skiing, Riding & Pond Crossing

Squaw Valley offers skiing & riding May 27- May 30, and the famous Lake Cushing Crossing on Sunday, May 29

[Squaw Valley USA] May 23, 2011 – As the perfect cap on a record-breaking season, Squaw Valley USA will be open for skiing and riding Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day weekend. The resort will also host their highly anticipated annual pond skimming contest, the Lake Cushing Crossing, on Sunday, May 29.

Memorial Day weekend is the last weekend of winter operations for Squaw Valley USA. The resort has stayed open for skiing and riding longer than any other major resort in the Lake Tahoe region. This winter, Squaw Valley shattered all previous season snowfall records, ending with a snowfall total of 771 inches — significantly over the resort’s average total of 450 inches.

Squaw Valley currently has a 175 inch base at el. 8200′, with over 16 feet of snow remaining in some spots on the upper mountain. “We’ll definitely have some snow that will stay through the summer into next winter,” said Curtis Crooks, head of Squaw Valley’s Ski Patrol.

Memorial Day weekend brings pool parties and Malibu drink specials to the High Camp Swimming Pool and Hot Tub’s Umbrella Bar, with a DJ scheduled to play poolside on Saturday, May 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Down at the base, the KT Sundeck beckons après skiers to relax in the sun and enjoy a cold beer from the deck’s patio bar.

Sunday, May 29 welcomes the 21st Annual Lake Cushing Crossing, Squaw Valley’s acclaimed pond skimming event. This wildly entertaining competition challenges locals and visitors alike to cross the vast and chilly waters of Lake Cushing on skis, a snowboard or any ski or snowboard-based vessel. The event, known for its colossal crashes, hilarious costumes, and ultra-creative pond skimming contraption, kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Cushing Pond, weather permitting.

In honor of Memorial Day and those that protect the nation, Squaw Valley will extend free lift tickets to active duty military personnel for the entire long weekend. Throughout the season, the resort offers complimentary lift tickets to active members of the military Sunday through Friday with the Military Discount Program. Over the past seven years, Squaw Valley has contributed over 90,000 lift tickets as part of the Military Discount Program, a value of over $6.5 million.

“We want to thank all the men and women of the armed forces, past and present, for their sacrifices, dedication and service to our country,” said Andy Wirth Squaw Valley’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We invite US military men and women to come enjoy a long weekend of skiing on us as a thank you for all that you do.”

Squaw Valley USA is selling season passes for the 2011-12 winter season starting at just $399. Lowest pricing is guaranteed through June 15, 2011. All season passes include summer Cable Car access, bring-a-friend discounted tickets and discounts on lessons, retail and parking passes. See squaw.com for more details.

The Village at Squaw Valley 50% off Memorial Day Special
Take advantage of the last weekend to ski and ride Squaw Valley USA. Book a room at The Village at Squaw Valley and receive 50% off your slopeside lodging, starting at $135 per person / per night. Click here or call 1-866-366-7261 for more details.
For more great lodging packages, call 1-866-366-7261 or visit www.squaw.com.

Squaw Valley USA was founded in 1949 and hosted the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, the first televised Olympics. Squaw Valley is one of the largest and most diverse mountain resorts in North America, with incomparable outdoor recreational amenities that attract both local residents and visitors from around the globe. For more information, please visit www.squaw.com

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