Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts announce nearly nearly $8 million in capital improvements for the 2013-14 winter season, as part of the resort’s five-year, $70 million renaissance. All of the capital projects are state of the art designed to make the resort experience more friendly, extraordinary, approachable and welcoming for all guests.
Previous years made for an awesome snowboard and ski season but the 2013-14 season brings more excitement and fun with state of the art facilities and equipment appealing to all guests with varying interests. To ensure skiers and riders experience the greatest snow conditions regardless of mother natures plans, the resorts are continuing to invest in a snowmaking system and grooming fleet for the 2013-14 winter season.
The focus will be on expanding the resort’s arsenal of jibs along with several signature features, allowing for more variety and creativity in the terrain park layouts for next winter. The park crews at both resorts will be designing new features for every ability level, focusing on new and creative features for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders.
New projects and installments for this ski and snowboard season include significant snowmaking improvements at both resorts that will include new snow cats for more smooth, carve-able slopes, a new Wanderlust yoga studio, Spruce, a new home furnishings store, and comprehensive room renovations at The Village at Squaw Valley, a new amphitheater at the KT Base bar, as well as new on-mountain and valley signage for increased way-finding and accessibility.
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. 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.
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.
The first year of the renovation of the resort brought a new base village with restaurants, bars and fire pits to Squaw Valley, as well as other amenities including completely revamped terrain parks in partnership with Snow Park Technologies (SPT), the new SnoVentures activity zone with tubing and mini-snowmobiles, and the world’s first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks (credit pratt). The second year included significant snowmaking improvements at both resorts, with a new high-speed, six-passenger chairlift and improved High Camp beginner experience at Squaw, a mile-long terrain park at Alpine Meadows, and a new restaurant and two new retail stores.
Besides renovations to the resorts, Squaw Valley has committed to investing $300,000 to reduce the resort carbon footprint by 10% as of early summer 2013.
“Through extensive surveying, we have heard from our guests that snowmaking and exciting vacation experiences continue to be things they are looking for at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “As a result, we are continuing to work with the industry’s best experts to modernize the experience both on and off the mountains with the goal of making Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows two of the top resorts in North America.”