Additional snow kept piling up in late May and early June in the Lake Tahoe region, so it comes as no surprise that Squaw Valley ski resort announced plans to run its lifts on Fourth of July Weekend.
With record-breaking snowfall totals reaching nearly 800 inches, Squaw will be open for skiing and snowboarding for the holiday weekend, a novelty in the ski industry.
The Lake Tahoe ski resort will operate five lifts from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4, weather permitting.
Lifts scheduled to run will be the Funitel, Gold Coast, Shirley Lake, Links and the Cable Car. Lift tickets for Fourth of July weekend will be $49 per day for adults and $12 for kids 12-under. Skiing and riding will be free for 2011-12 Squaw Valley season passholders, and all tickets for the weekend will include a free commemorative T-shirt.
“It is certainly uncommon to be able ski July but it is truly unheard of to be operating at the capacity that we will be operating on July 4th Weekend,” said Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley’s Chief Executive Officer.
Other Lake Tahoe ski resorts open for Fourth of July Weekend are Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl.
The Squaw weekend will also include barbecues and drink specials at Squaw Valley’s High Camp swimming pool and hot tub at its 8,200-foot elevation. Down at the base, the KT Sundeck will offer music and cold beers to après skiers while the Fourth of July Fine Arts and Crafts Festival kicks off in the Village at Squaw Valley on Friday through Sunday. A full line-up of events will be available soon on squaw.com.
On Sunday, July 3, Squaw Valley hosts the 21st annual Lake Cushing Crossing, the resort’s acclaimed pond skimming event. This wildly entertaining competition challenges participants 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 contraptions, kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Cushing Pond.
Squaw 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, and now skiing and riding July 2 through July 4 for Independence Day Weekend. See squaw.com for more details.
In addition to a host of other benefits, all 2011-12 season passholders will be able to ski and ride 4th of July weekend for free at Squaw Valley USA
Visit Squaw.com for additional details.
Read more Exaiminer.com ski stories:
- Kirkwood ski resort offering Cat skiing through month of June
- Sugar Bowl will open for passholders on Fourth of July Weekend
- Mammoth Mountain remains open through Fourth of July Weekend
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