Squaw Valley Will Stay Open Past July 4th

Squaw Valley Will Stay Open Past July 4th

First time in the resort’s history.

According to The Tahoe Weekly, Squaw Valley will keep running its Shirley lift for skiers and riders past July 4th for the first time in the resort’s 68 year-long history. As of today, Squaw Valley has seen 714″ of snow and their base is a whopping 232″ DEEP.

“The Shirley Lift access mostly northwestern facing slopes that have the ability to stick around through the mid-summer months. ”

Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth previously said, “I’m actually considering staying open through the summer and fall so it becomes the 16/17/18 season.”

Read entire Tahoe Weekly article:

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link

I posted about Squaw Valley possible staying open all season a couple of weeks ago.



9 thoughts on “Squaw Valley Will Stay Open Past July 4th”

  1. Up next: Squaw Valley glacier. That’s what happens when the snow doesn’t melt and keeps piling up.

    • —but what happens if the snow DOES melt? As I don’t know the area (I live in England), where would the floods go, what would they cover?

      In both cases, it sounds bad.

      • By July there won’t be enough of a snow melt to cause any flooding !

        It will simply melt off into the Truckee River and out to San Joaquin Valley Delta and then out to the Pacific !!

        Sierra Summer snow melts are typically weak and just add to flowing rivers, fishing and swimming (And Lake Tahoe) !!!

        In the Spring time and accordingly to the air temperature, Spring melts “can” be catastrophic when billions of tons of ice and snow melt quickly…

        But that is rare, very rare, but something like that during late Winter almost did happen and a dam almost broke and 1000’s would have perished !

        A disaster !!!

        Right !

        Rick – SoCal

        • The Truckee River runs into the Great Basin. No stream in the Great Basin communicates with the Pacific. That is partly why they call it the Great Basin. If the region receives enough run off, and there is insufficient up take from the aquifers, the basin lakes will reform. The Great Basin supported some of the largest freshwater bodies in the world, not the deepest, but in area. The link shows a map of what the region looked like at the depths of the last Glacial.

      • Down to the Truckee River downstream from Lake Tahoe, north to Truckee and then east into the Great Basin. Reno, Nevada, which is already very worried about flooding, since the Truckee is running at capacity, will break out the sand bags and other countermeasures. It isn’t that unusual. The year is a banner year for snow, but there have been others before.

    • Alternatively, it will like Scotland, which had two very snowy winters back to back three or four years ago and talk of glaciers forming. What happened? Less snow and the embryonic glaciers melted again…..

      • Talk of glaciers reforming at low latitudes takes extraordinary circumstances—but I wouldn’t write it off entirely. This was an ENSO-neutral winter for California. The “experts” had zero expectation of the drought being eliminated, but that’s exactly what happened. It also is being forecast by the “experts” that El Niño will return beginning late this fall (OND) and odds favor higher-than-normal precipitation for California and the desert Southwest.

        There was a period in the 1980’s of sustained higher-than-normal precipitation in the Colorado River basin, and no one gave any thought to a “perma-drought” forming years later. Water was plentiful and it was used to spur massive population growth. What everyone forgot is that California has throughout its history gone through boom-or-bust precipitation cycles. It was only a matter of time before drought would make an appearance.

        However, as the atmosphere has warmed and can hold more precipitation in the form of water vapor than it did in the 1980’s, there is an increasing chance that massive amounts of snow can accumulate at elevation which might last through the summer months, and if followed up by additional years of high snowfall, eventually the depths become such that it would take extraordinary years of drought and warmth to melt it all. Such a future remains to be seen.

        You have to remember, Ben Nevis is at low elevation despite being at high latitude—a mere 1345 meters (4413 feet); Squaw Valley lies at 2500 meters elevation (8200 feet). High elevation glaciers are more likely to form given the constant colder atmosphere at that height. Plus, there’s also been no discussion as to the mechanism by which higher CO2 levels are overcome for the return of an ice age. High snowfall on land that survives from year to year, leading to an increase in albedo, seems a plausible explanation.

  2. Enjoy it now, you eco-losers in California….since in less than 5 years the snow will be so deep you won’t be able to even drive up the road.

    You will all be BEGGING for Globalist Warming. Fools.

    • Perhaps they’ll start whining and complaining that they need to bring back the grizzlies or something.

      For those of you who don’t know … early in it;s history there were so many grizzly bears in CA they considered naming it the Bear Republic, and the state flag has a grizzly marching across it. The butt of many jokes, I’ve seen one CA flag shown with the grizzly chasing an illegal Mexican.

      They already have mountain lions (which never left) and even in some parts of downtown LA (for example in Griffith park) and they do silly things like make “wildlife corridors” so some mountain lion and travel about.

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