Some seasons are simply better than others. Such is the case for Squaw Valley, who has received an outstanding 720” inches of snow this season. There’s still so much snow at Squaw that the famed KT-22 lift is still spinning, and will until at least May 20th or later. This marks the latest date the lift has ever operated in the resort’s history.
“We’ve received 721 (inches) of snow so far this season, second only to 810 inches in 2010-11, when KT-22 operated through May 8,” Squaw said in a Facebook post. “KT-22 is anticipated to close on May 20 due to conditions, but we will continue to assess for the possibility of further operations as we are committed to offering terrain as long as conditions allow.”
Given the incredible snowpack, the mountain is also considering staying open for the entire year.
Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth told Truckee Tahoe Radio:
“I’m actually considering staying open through the summer and fall so it becomes the 16/17/18 season. We’re taking a hard look at that. Maybe we spin Shirley through the summer. There’s so much snow up there.”
“We think it’d be a cool thing if people uploaded on the tram and likely hiked up a couple of hundred meters and dropped Shirley.”
Current conditions are still firing at Squaw and it’s the only Tahoe-area resort that is still open full time with no closing date set. It’s definitely worth your while to get up to Squallywood and get some spring and summer turns in.
Ed note: Mt. Rose just announced it will be open Thursday-Monday of Memorial Day Weekend.