With less than three months until Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows reopen for the winter season, many are wondering about their new name and when they will reveal the new base-to-base Gondola. While we don’t know when the announcement(s) will be made, SquawAlpine has released an opening date of November 24th for their 2021-22 season. Here are some of my favorite pictures of Squaw.
This picture shows the Squaw Valley Funitel which takes you from the base area to the upper mountain. While it looks daunting from the parking lot, the upper mountain actually serves all levels from beginner to advanced.
A stormy spring day on the Funitel allowed me to capture this picture. In the foreground you see the Big Blue chairlift which will take you to beginner/intermediate terrain as well as serving the ridgeline to Shirley Lake, Solitude, and Silverado areas. Checkout our Intro to Squaw Valley to learn more about these areas.
This photo shows the Gold Coast chairlift, Siberia (black diamond, also called “Sibo”), and the Headwall chairlift on the ridge. These are all expert areas, though Gold Coast also has some blue terrain available. One thing that some people like about SquawAlpine is that they provide an easier route down from almost every chair. That does not mean that there is a beginner (green) route down, but there are certainly easier ways for intermediate skiers who want to ski with the experts on the same lifts.
Here is another view of Headwall, taken from the terrain served by the Big Blue chairlift. I stopped here to have some water and a light snack and thought that the view was amazing. If you look closely, you can even see the ski resorts on the other side of the lake!
This portion of the mountain is most well-known for KT-22, sitting at 8,200′. From left to right you have the West Face, Moseley’s run, and Chute 75. These are expert areas accessed from the KT-22 chairlift, and possibly accessible from the new gondola-we will have to see the exact placement of the midstation.
Countdown to snow!