After breaking the highest season snowfall total on record with an accumulation of 691 inches (17.3m) so far this season, Squaw Valley has extended their ski season to May 30, 2011. Squaw Valley is widely known as North America’s Spring skiing capital, however, conditions this year will be better than ever as a result of this season’s phenomenal snowfall. The storms of the last two weeks brought more than 150 inches (3.75m) of fresh powder to the resort. With records dating back to 1970, Squaw Valley has surpassed the highest season snowfall total on record of 662 inches (16.55) set in the 1994-1995 winter season. Nearing the 700 inch milestone, the resort has already exceeded the average total of 450 inches. More snow is sure to come with two more months until the season end. "With this much snow, Squaw Valley will have great coverage through May 30 and possibly even longer", said Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley’s Chief Executive Officer. "We will certainly be examining the possibility of opening for July 4, conditions permitting". Springtime at Squaw Valley means more elbow room on the slopes, less need for bulky clothes and the opportunity to enjoy Squaw’s many outdoor sundecks, patios and mountaintop swimming lagoon. The high altitude pool and Jacuzzi offers skiers and snowboarders a one-of-a-kind mountain experience. Only at Squaw Valley can guests combine a great day on the slopes with a dip in a mountaintop swimming pool and a soak in a giant slopeside Jacuzzi. The free-form swimming lagoon is heated to approximately eighty degrees and contains two twenty-five meter lap lanes. The twenty-five foot diameter spa is heated to a soothing 103 degrees and surrounded by expansive decks and the casual Umbrella Bar.
Squaw Valley is located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada (California). Squaw Valley is one of the largest ski areas in the United States, and was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. It is the second-largest ski area at Lake Tahoe after Heavenly. Squaw receives heavy maritime snowfall. The Average Annual Snowfall is 450 inches (11.5 m). Squaw Valley’s commitment to providing the newest and best in lift technology is evidenced today by the resort’s 33 lifts including: 1 Funitel, 1 Cable Car, 1 Pulse Gondola, 4 Express six-packs, 3 Express Quads, 1 fixed-grip quad, 9 triple chairs, 8 doubles, 3 surface lifts and 2 Magic Carpets.