Today’s Operations: April 11, 2017
Today we saw a mix of rain, snow, and high winds as the next storm begins to roll in. At Squaw Valley, wind gusts at the top remained high ranging from 60-80mph throughout the day. The Tram, Bailey’s Beach, Belmont, Mountain Meadow, Emigrant, Silverado, Granite Chief and Headwall did not open due to wind hold. The new 22 foot super pipe is cut and ready to ride, but was unable to open today due to low visibility. It is scheduled for tomorrow if conditions permit! At Alpine Meadows, all lifts ran except for Yellow and Alpine Bowl Chair.
Projected Operations for Wednesday, April 12
As the storm approaches, winds are forecasted to strengthen tomorrow. According to the National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory, “Sierra ridge gusts up to 120mph, with strongest winds likely Wendesday night.” We are geared up to run the scheduled lifts, but it is very likely that we will see wind hold or wind closures tomorrow as well. Today crews spent the day re-wiring and putting the final touches on the installation of the new communications line on Red Dog. As conditions permit, they will be out there again tomorrow finishing the testing process. It is possible the Red Dog could open to the public at some point tomorrow or Thursday.
Snow Moves in Wednesday Night
NOAA’s forecast is calling for 100% chance of precipitation Wednesday night. They are forecasting 6-10 inches Wednesday night and another 2-4 inches of new snow on Thursday. Then the skies clear for mostly sunny days on Friday and Saturday!