Abundant Snow and Epic Condtions Keep Squaw Open for Skiing & Riding through May 10, 2009
Squaw Valley USA reports latest ski resort closing date in Lake Tahoe

[Squaw Valley USA] April 20, 2009 – Squaw Valley USA is once again offering the longest ski season in Lake Tahoe, as the resort plans to stay open for skiing and riding through May 10, 2009.  Squaw Valley’s annual snowfall of 450 inches and mountain topography featuring acres upon acres of upper elevation North-facing terrain are among the natural attributes that enable the resort to remain open through the middle of May each ski season.  This year, Squaw Valley’s closing date comes one day prior to the resort’s May 11, 2009 deadline to purchase 2009-10 Season Passes at the 50/60 Anniversary discounted rate.

This season Squaw Valley USA has received over 460 inches or 38 1/3 feet of snow, exceeding the resort’s annual average of 450 inches.

Base depths currently measure 125-135 inches on the upper elevations.
A testament to Squaw Valley’s spring bounty, the National Weather Service is calling for snow this coming weekend, April 24 through April 26.
·        Current video and images of spring condtions are available on www.squaw.com.

Squaw Valley’s blues skies, radiant sunshine, and deep snowpack epitomize perfect spring skiing conditions. Along with fresh powder, springtime brings coveted ‘corn’ snow, when the snow freezes at night and then softens gradually throughout the day as it is warmed by the sun. Akin to fresh powder, the corn snow surface is soft and forgiving and makes turning easy and very fun.

Squaw Valley’s legendary spring product and the pending deadline to purchase the 50/60 Pass at the highly discounted rates that start at $369 for adults, are two perfect reasons for all skiers and riders – who have taken the plunge or are simply thinking about it – to come to Squaw for “Meet Your Mountain Day” on Sunday, April 26, 2009.  Lift tickets on Meet Your Mountain Day are only $20 so that everyone can test-drive Squaw Valley before the May 11, 2009 deadline to purchase next year’s 50/60 pass at the discounted price www.squaw.com/5060-season-pass .

Best place to have a beer and bask in the sun
Swimming Lagoon & Spa and Umbrella Bar at High Camp, el. 8200’: The high altitude pool and Jacuzzi offers skiers and snowboarders a one-of-a-kind mountain experience. Only at Squaw Valley USA can guests combine a great day on the slopes with a dip in a mountaintop swimming pool and a soak in a giant slopeside Jacuzzi. The free-form swimming lagoon is heated to approximately eighty degrees and contains two twenty-five meter lap lanes. The twenty-five foot diameter spa is heated to a soothing 103 degrees and surrounded by expansive decks and the casual Umbrella Bar.

Le Chamois: the benches and tables outside this classic ski bar are the place to be from 2 pm on.

Best late season events
101.5 Meet Your Mountain 50/60 Day and Pool Party – April 26
Join Squaw Valley USA and 101.5 FM KTKE Radio and take advantage of $20 lift tickets to get acquainted with Tahoe’s top-ranked resort.   You may even win a 2009-10 Season Pass with $1 raffle ticket that gets you into the 101.5 Meet Your Mountain Pool Party.
19th Annual Lake Cushing Classic – ?MAY 3
World’s Biggest Pond Skimming Contest
Strap on those old skis or snowboard (or the creative pond crossing vessel of your choice) and attempt to cross the chilly waters of Lake Cushing in front of a crowd of thousands.  This event, you have to see to believe!

The most up-to-date resort conditions, operations, event schedules, video and live mountain cams are available at www.squaw.com.