Celebrate 3 Feet of New Snow with California’s First Ski Resort Opening

Special pre-season Winter Welcome skiing and riding Thursday only, with $20 donation for the Squaw & Alpine Teams Foundation

* Click here for video preview of recent snowfall

[Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, Calif.] October 23, 2012 – Skiers and riders are invited to make their first turns this Thursday at Squaw Valley for a special, one-day Welcome Winter Fundraiser in celebration of the significant pre-season snowfall and to help raise funds for the newly formed Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows Teams Foundation. The first storm of the season has already dumped up to 3 feet of snow on Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows with more snow on the way. In celebration of this good fortune, Squaw Valley will run the Searchlight chairlift this Thursday (October 25) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to offer skiing and riding with a voluntary $20donation lift ticket with all proceeds going to the Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows Teams Foundation.**

“With the excitement of this abundant first snowfall we want to give our customers a taste of winter,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “We hope everyone will take this opportunity to get out on the slopes in celebration of the new snow and to help support the Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows Teams Foundation.”

The Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows Teams Foundation is dedicated to supporting young amateur athletes interested in developing skills in snow sports through participation in a Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows competitive or non-competitive ski or snowboard team.  The foundation was created to help with financial assistance to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows snow sport team athletes who either have a financial need or have achieved a higher level of competition, which requires extensive travel and specialized training programs. Additionally, the foundation will provide financial support for coach continuing education programs with the goal of increasing the quality of coaching, instruction and development of athletes.

With snow still expected to fall through Wednesday, the first snow storm of the 2012-13 winter season has already delivered 28 inches to Squaw Valley and 36 inches to Alpine Meadows. Another 6-9 inches are expected by Thursday, which would bring snow totals to more than 3 feet.

Not only is the new snow a reason to celebrate by getting out on the mountain this Thursday for the Welcome Winter Fundraiser, it’s also a good reminder to purchase the Tahoe Super Pass as prices are only guaranteed through November 5. Starting at $429 for adults, the Tahoe Super Pass offers season-long access to 6,000 acres, 43 lifts and over 270 trails at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The resorts’ first-ever unrestricted college pass starts at just $389. Both the Tahoe Super Pass and the College Tahoe Super Pass are available for purchase atwww.tahoesuperpass.com.

*$10 voluntary donation for passholders and Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will match the $10 donation. Searchlight is recommended for intermediate to advanced ability levels, not beginners. This event is a one-day, special event. Official opening day is scheduled for November 21 at Squaw Valley and December 7 at Alpine Meadows.
 About Squaw Valley

Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 30 chairlifts, and ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. Off the mountain, families relax in The Village at Squaw Valley around the cozy fire pits or enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries. Guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s one, two or three bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony, for the ultimate slopeside lodging experience.

About Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows’ seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes, and authentic hospitality are among the many attributes that have made the resort a favorite of the local community and visitors alike. Alpine Meadows offers skiers and riders access to more than 100 trails across 2,400 skiable acres serviced by 13 lifts. With its high annual snowfall of 450 inches, the resort boasts one of Tahoe’s longest skiing and boarding seasons.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass.

For more information about Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows, visit www.squaw.com orwww.skialpine.com or call 1.800.403.0206.