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More snow, more open terrain at Squaw

Squaw Valley skiers getting ready.
Squaw Valley skiers getting ready.
Squaw Valley PR/Jeff Engbretsen

In a January 31 press release, Melissa Brouse, who is on the PR team at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, said that the new snow at the resorts has allowed Squaw to open some popular terrain.

Getting ready to roll at Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley PR/Jeff Engbretsen

In the press release, Brouse had this to say:

"Squaw Valley will open four new lifts for skiing and riding on Saturday following this week’s storm that brought 10 inches of fresh snow to both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The new chairlift openings include Shirley Lake Express, Siberia Express, and Mountain Meadow. Skiing and riding will also be offered from the Aerial Tram, which will provide access to Mountain Meadow lift and Mountain Run, the longest run at Squaw Valley. All lifts, including the Aerial Tram, are scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new openings provide access to some of Squaw’s most popular terrain. Mountain Meadow lift services the mountain-top beginner area, giving first-time skiers and riders the opportunity to progress amid stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada. Off of Shirley Lake Express, skiers and riders will find five wide, tree-cut runs, perfect for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders. Siberia Run and Siberia Bowl will be open off of Siberia Express, offering wide, open terrain for advanced skiers and riders."

This is especially good news for the more advance skiers and riders. Due to snow conditions, expert terrain has been mostly lacking at Tahoe area ski resorts.

In particular, the Shirley Lake Express is simply a gorgeous run during ski season. It is also a very popular and somewhat demanding hike that follows Shirley Creek the rest of the year.

The Mountain Run is a very good, very long trail that appeals to all types of skiers. Long and not overly technical, it's the place to link quite a few turns together for a wonderful cruise down the mountain.

In addition to the newly opened terrain, Brouse said that the resorts are offering a combined total of 24 lifts for the skiing and boarding crowd. Snowtubing and mini-snowmobiles are options as well. For off the slope activities, there are shopping and dining in the Village at Squaw Valley.

Wanderlust Yoga Studio at Squaw, open 7 days a week, runs 19 yoga classes each week, a perfect place to unwind the ski and board muscles after a few days cutting turns on the legendary slopes of the resorts.