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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

Acres: 6,000 | Vertical: 2,850’ | Snowfall: 450’’

Overview: Last January’s storm cycle (dubbed, “Januburied” by locals) saw 23 feet in 23 days to add to a total of 728 inches for the year, allowing Squaw Alpine to stay open—with great skiing—until mid-July. Squaw is known for producing big names (Moseley, Mancuso, Ganong, etc.), but you too can feel like a superstar by ripping KT-22, Headwall, or hitting Alpine’s back bowls.

What’s New: The High Camp facility midmountain on the Squaw side opens after a major renovation, including a new grab-n-go High Camp Marketplace on the top floor. And last year’s massive snow brought a need for another investment in GazEx Exploders: massive avalanche control devices that can be deployed remotely to keep up with the snow as it’s falling. A new Mountain Ops heli will also help get the mountain open safely after big storms.

Local’s Take: “Although the Funnel at Squaw can be hairy to get into, when it’s filled in, it’s hard to beat the pitch and turns you can get,” says Amy Smith who’s been skiing Squaw and Alpine for 15 years and is an adaptive instructor with Achieve Tahoe. “And I feel like I’m always discovering new stashes at Alpine.” —Lisa Jhung

skier Eric Bryant | photo Ryan Salm

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