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Squaw Valley Outlines $50 Million Improvement Plan

Image courtesy of Squaw Valley Village Blog
Image courtesy of Squaw Valley Village Blog

Squaw Valley USA has outlined the first two years of a five-year, $50 million improvement plan that will impact the on-mountain and base village.
Plans include new food and hospitality offerings, as well as new beginner and advanced high-speed chairlifts, trail improvement and a state-of-the-art mountain information system.

For the 2011-12 season, the mountain plans to spend $15 million improving the resort’s terrain parks, adding snowcats, restyling upper terminal on the Funitel with a ski-up coffee shop, adding electronic information boards, and expanding signage throughout the resort.

The mountain also plans to expand its dining options. This includes a revamped Blue Coyote in the village, and a revitalized KT-Sundeck at Olympic House. In addition, atop the Funitel, the Crossroad Cafe will be become an on-mountain market, and at Olympic House, the Wildflour Baking Company will expand in area and menu.

For beginners, Squaw is adding three conveyor lifts, new retal gear, progression-based terrain features, and a new lesson structure.

Exciting items for the 2012-13 season include two new high-speed lifts, to replace the Granite Chief and High Camp chairs. The resort plans to spend $20 million for that season.