Squaw Valley opens for the 2000/2001 winter season thisSaturday November 18, with some of the best early season conditions inyears. Abundant snowfall in October and November have left a base of nearlythree feet on the upper mountain and resort officials predict a superbopening day. “We’ll be starting the season with the best opening day snowconditions in 25 years,” asserts Jimmy King, Squaw Valley’s MountainManager.

Early season discounted lift ticket prices will be $39 for adults and $29for juniors and seniors and children 12 and under always ski at Squaw Valleyfor $5. Scenic Cable Car rides are $14 adults and $5 children 12 and under.Lifts scheduled for operation opening weekend include the Cable Car,Funitel, Shirley Lake, Siberia, Baileys Beach, Gold Coast and Links,offering enough terrain to make your legs burn by noon.

Saturday also marks the date for the second annual Squaw Valley FilmFestival. This year’s festival features the premiere of Poor Boy Productionsnewest film The Game, a pipe and park extravaganza highlighting some ofTahoes best skiers and snowboarders. Guests will also get a chance to seeDirector Scott Gaffney’s “Something About McConkey” on the big screen. Hailedas “the most ridiculous ski film ever” this movie chronicles the career offreeskiing pioneer Shane McConkey. View the trailer on Squaw Valley’s website at www.squaw.com. Also scheduled for screeningis Standard Film’s latest big mountain board flick, TB9, featuring bigmountain action, a screaming soundtrack and a bevy of snowboarders includingKevin Jones, Jim Rippey, Victoria Jealouse, Jeremy Jones, Johan Olofsson,and Brian Savard.

Admission to the Film Festival is $3. The shows begin at 6:00pm in SquawValley’s Olympic House. Movies will play on a big screen in the SundeckTavern and on Bar One’s multi-TV system and will be supported with afull-range sound system. All ages are welcome in the Sundeck Tavern. Ages 21& over in Bar One only. For those that cant make the party, these filmswill be available for purchase at www.squaw.com .

Squaw Valley is located five miles north of Lake Tahoe along the TruckeeRiver on Highway 89. The year round resort offers 4,000 acres of lift servedterrain, ice-skating, snowtubing, rock climbing, an Olympic Winter GamesMuseum, shopping, dining and more. For more information about the FilmFestival, call 530-583-6985 or visit www.squaw.com.