Squaw Valley has so much snow right now, it may not close this year

The California ski season just keeps getting better, with multiple resorts reporting their snowiest seasons in history.

And the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort in the Lake Tahoe area has now gotten so much snow (it just reached the 700-inch mark) that its CEO announced Saturday they might not close the mountain at all this year.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski season
Skiing in August? Yes, please. Photo: Courtesy of Squaw Valley

“Gosh darn-it it’s been an incredible winter, an unprecedented winter,” Andy Wirth, the CEO of of Squaw told the Truckee Tahoe Radio on Saturday. “All the different words you can use preceded a lot of times by expletives. It’s just amazing.”

While talking with the radio station about how otherworldly this winter has been, Wirth let loose a bombshell revelation, telling the station that although the mountain was already planning on staying open through July 4, that might just be the tip of the iceberg.

“I’m actually considering staying open through the summer and fall so it becomes the 16-17-18 season,” Wirth said. “We’re taking a hard look at that. Maybe we spin [the Shirley Lake Express] through the summer.”

“There’s so much snow up there,” Wirth continued. “We think it’d be a cool thing if people uploaded on the tram and likely hiked up a couple of hundred meters and dropped Shirley.”

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski season
That’s the smile of someone who has seen 700 inches of snow this season. Photo: Courtesy of Squaw Valley

The entire interview is worth listening to, as Wirth touches on a number of interesting subjects including the big purchases last week by the Aspen Skiing Company and seemingly hints that a group pass similar to Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass could be coming to Aspen Skiing Company’s 15 ski resort properties.

While it remains to be seen whether Wirth will actually pull the trigger and keep Squaw open through summer and fall, “the 16-17-18 season” does have a nice ring to it, and just underscores how epic this year has been for West Coast skiing.

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