Summer skiers wear shorts, bikinis and stars and stripes
If you missed your chance to ski during the July 4 weekend, you’ll have at least one more opportunity at summer skiing in Northern California when Squaw Valley reopens Saturday.
The resort announced the reopening on Wednesday. It will mark the first time the resort will be open past the summer holiday.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to stay open. This winter really blessed us and we really excited to go beyond the Fourth of July,” said Sam Kieckhefer, a spokesman for the resort. During this record-setting winter, Squaw has received more than 700 inches in cumulative snowfall, with some 77 inches remaining at the summit, Kieckhefer said.
In Southern California, Mammoth remains open daily with no projected closing date, said spokeswoman Lauren Burke.
With daytime highs in Lake Tahoe projected to be in the mid 70s though the week, Kieckhefer said the resort can’t commit beyond Saturday. The snowmelt is estimated to be 3 to 5 inches per day. In previous interviews, Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth said he’d like to stay open through the summer, but his staff spoke with more caution.
“We don’t want to commit to anything before we know the conditions,” Kieckhefer said.
The resort would not offer actual numbers, but Kieckhefer said the July 4 weekend produced “thousands of skiers everyday.” Three chairs were open as skiers and boarders took to the mountain in style. Shorts were plentiful, one woman wore a Wonder Women outfit, and red, white and blue was everywhere.
“The day is so bright. This is fabulous,” said Rick Levy of San Francisco, wearing a sparkly red fedora.
Eileen Daroza said she typically comes to the Tahoe region to celebrate the holiday and her companion’s birthday. This year, they added skiing to the celebration roundup.
Kieckhefer said the conditions were fabulous considering the summer date. While the skiing might have been a little slushy, there was adequate coverage of the open runs.
How many runs will be open July 8? That won’t be determined until Friday.