California has been absolutely pounded by snow this ski season, which has resulted in numerous resorts throughout the state staying open later than they ever have.
And on Wednesday, in a season filled with records, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced it will be staying open past July 4 for the first time in resort history.
In a blog post titled “The Endless Season” on its website, Squaw Valley announced that it plans to remain open on Saturdays for as long as they can this season, running its Shirley Lake Express lift until there’s no more snow left.
“As conditions allow and the snow lasts, Squaw Valley is gearing up to operate the Shirley Lake Express chair on Saturdays in July … or August!” the resort — which has seen a staggering 714 inches of snowfall this year — said in the post. “Our groomers will be working to relocate snow to the area to maintain snowpack and allow for summer skiing and riding. Basically, we plan to let you ski as long as the snow lasts!”
“We are in the business of skiing here at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and engaging creative solutions to take advantage of this historic snow year is an irresistible proposition,” Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley’s CEO, said in a press release. “To many of our guests, the idea of summer skiing and riding is a novelty, but with the season we've had here we can provide a surface for skiing and riding that guests will want to enjoy not just once, but weekend after weekend.”
This decision was hinted at a couple weeks ago when Wirth went onto Tahoe Truckee Radio and announced that he was considering keeping the resort open for the entire year.
“I’m actually considering staying open through the summer and fall so it becomes the 2016-17-18 season,” Wirth said at the time. “We’re taking a hard look at that.”
On the resort’s blog post, it didn’t list any set hours for summer operations and didn’t hint at any definite closing day, so it remains to be seen if Wirth’s dream of a 2016-17-28 season will come to fruition.
Now, we’ll wait and see if Mammoth Mountain tries to keep pace with their fellow Aspen Skiing Company resort to the north by extending its season past July 4.
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