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This is a thread to post the current deals, special events, and roundup from Squaw Valley.  The main source are the resort press -releases, but we would also add other things as we get to know them.

post #2 of 22
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A quick list of December deals:

Dec 8-9 is a 13th Annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard Weekend.  Beginners can ski and ride on these two days for $30 that includes rental and lessons.  This is by far the cheapest way to try skiing.  A caveat is that at least in the past the lift ticket only gave access to the beginning lifts down at the base, so if you wanted to see the whole mountain, or thought you could get the beginner ticket and ditch the lesson to ski KT-22- well, you are SOL... 

 

Stay and ski free until Dec 20.  

If you book a stay in the Village, you ski for free.  The deal is available until Dec 20.  Hopefully the incoming colder storms should make it worthwhile.  

post #3 of 22

That free skiing if you stay in the village is tempting. Planning a trip Dec 16th-22nd. Haven't decided where yet. We get one ticket free for military anyway, but having mine free would be awesome. Watching the storms very closely...

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I just upgraded my bronze to silver for $70 which'll let me ski Sierra-at-Tahoe non holiday and non-Saturdays when I'm staying on the sth shore. Sweet! (And Kwood is about to announce something 'big'. Any hints about what rhey've got planned?)

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Now, I have not heard anything about KWood announcement.

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When you renew your pass online by December 7 Squaw will give you a $20 gift card. Just enter promo code 1213TSPPR2 when you buy your pass.  (fine print:  the promo card is good only at Squaw?Alpine owned establishments). 

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When you renew your pass online by December 7 Squaw will give you a $20 gift card. Just enter promo code 1213TSPPR2 when you buy your pass.  (fine print:  the promo card is good only at Squaw?Alpine owned establishments). 

Now you tell me - I just got a silver pass for a pal!

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Now, I have not heard anything about KWood announcement.

Maybe it's this - VR just bought 2 hills

Acquisitions Join Guests of Premier Urban Midwest Ski Areas with Vail Resorts' Seven World-Class Mountain Resorts

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced today that it has entered into agreements to purchase two premier urban ski areas in the Midwest, Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mount Brighton in Michigan, for total cash consideration of $20 million. Both ski areas serve major snow sports markets in the Midwest with more than 468,000 active skiers and snowboarders in the nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit metropolitan areas. Vail Resorts plans to upgrade and enhance the experience at each resort and create opportunities to connect guests from each of these ski areas to its seven world-class resorts in Colorado and Lake Tahoe through season pass and other lift ticket products.

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KSL just bought 24% of Whistler Blackcomb.  The good news for us is that Squaw gold pass holders get two free days at WB.  Further days are $25 off.

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Maybe it's this - VR just bought 2 hills

Acquisitions Join Guests of Premier Urban Midwest Ski Areas with Vail Resorts' Seven World-Class Mountain Resorts

 

 

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced today that it has entered into agreements to purchase two premier urban ski areas in the Midwest, Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mount Brighton in Michigan, for total cash consideration of $20 million. Both ski areas serve major snow sports markets in the Midwest with more than 468,000 active skiers and snowboarders in the nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit metropolitan areas. Vail Resorts plans to upgrade and enhance the experience at each resort and create opportunities to connect guests from each of these ski areas to its seven world-class resorts in Colorado and Lake Tahoe through season pass and other lift ticket products.

 

 

Hills indeed...  I guess the idea is to channel those skiers to their premier properties in the West.  But KSL holdings are starting to look like a serious competition to the Vail empire - Squaw passholders now get discounts at Aspen, Alta, Snowmass, Jackson, and now Whistler.  Either way this is pretty good.  

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I have friends at Sth Lake Tahoe and who live in Whistler so Squaw are just determined to make me buy a gold pass! They have no scruplesbiggrin.gif

post #12 of 22
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Squaw posted the holiday events schedule.  Check it out.  Don;t miss the Torchlight Parade and Ski with Johnny Moseley.    Both are the highlights of the holiday period.

 

 

Schedule of holiday events at Squaw Valley:

December 15

Santa in The Village at Squaw, 12 - 4 p.m.: Come visit Santa at the Big Chair in The Village at Squaw Valley to take a picture with him and share holiday wishes. 

Great Basin Carolers, 5 – 7 p.m.: Enjoy the festive sounds of carolers ushering in the holidays. Grab at hot cocoa and listen to our carolers sing your favorite holiday songs.


December 21

Santa on the Slopes, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Santa is hitting the slopes at Squaw. Come make some turns with the big guy.

Great Basin Carolers, 3 –5 p.m.: Enjoy the festive sounds of carolers ushering in the holidays. Grab at hot cocoa and listen to our carolers sing your favorite holiday songs.

End of the World Party, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., Bar One in the Olympic House: Celebrate the end of the Mayan Calendar with us, Squaw style, in the Olympic House. DJ’s and live band, including DJ Aaron Pope and live music by Afrofunk Experience. $10 at the door. Must be 21 and older.

December 22

Get Outside FestivalIn celebration of Squaw Valley’s #1 Ski Resort ranking by Outside magazine, Squaw Valley will host a day of grand openings, including the Big Blue Express, Parallel Mountain Sports and The Ledge Board Shop, music by the Gin Blossom and additional festivities all benefiting the Tahoe Fund and the American Himalayan Foundation.

Santa on the Slopes, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Santa is hitting the slopes at Squaw. Come make some turns with the big guy.

Santa in The Village at Squaw, 12-4 p.m.: Come visit Santa at the Big Chair in The Village at Squaw Valley to take a picture with him and share holiday wishes. 

Free Sleigh Rides, 2-5 p.m.: Enjoy a horse drawn ride through the Village this holiday season.

Great Basin Carolers, 3-5 p.m.: Enjoy the festive sounds of carolers ushering in the holidays. Grab at hot cocoa and listen to our carolers sing your favorite holiday songs.

Squaw Valley Institute Presents: Conversations with Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton, 6:30 - 9 p.m.: Hear from Bethany Hamilton at Squaw Valley Conference Center as she shares her story and triumph. Tickets are available through Squaw Valley Institute and are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Tickets are $25 for ages 18 and under.

December 23

Santa on the Slopes, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Santa is hitting the slopes at Squaw. Come make some turns with the big guy.

Free Sleigh Rides, 2- 5 p.m.: Enjoy a horse drawn ride through the Village this holiday season.

Great Basin Carolers, 3 –5 p.m.: Enjoy the festive sounds of carolers ushering in the holidays. Grab at hot cocoa and listen to our carolers sing your favorite holiday songs.

December 24

Santa on the Slopes, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Santa is hitting the slopes at Squaw. Come make some turns with the big guy.

Santa in The Village at Squaw, 12 - 4 p.m.: Come visit Santa at the Big Chair in The Village at Squaw Valley to take a picture with him and share holiday wishes. 

Great Basin Carolers, 3 –5 p.m.: Enjoy the festive sounds of carolers ushering in the holidays. Grab at hot cocoa and listen to our carolers sing your favorite holiday songs.

Torchlight Parade, 6 p.m., at the KT Base Bar: Join us for this holiday favorite viewable from Squaw Valley base area and the Village. A traditional family favorite, the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is a beautiful and festive procession of lights. 

December 25

Merry Christmas from Squaw and Alpine!

December 26

Dawn Patrol, 7:40 a.m.meets at Tram Building:  a unique early morning mountain experience with exclusive access to untouched corduroy or fresh powder depending on the weather.

On-Mountain Stocking Hunt, 9 a.m., Shirley, Gold Coast, Mountain Run, Squaw Creek: Find a red stocking hidden on the slopes filled with goodies.

Ski with Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m.: Ski with Chief Mountain Host and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m., meet at Gold Coast Demo Center

December 27

Dawn Patrol, 7:40 a.m., meets at Tram Building: a unique early morning mountain experience with exclusive access to untouched corduroy or fresh powder depending on the weather.

Live Music at the KT Base Bar, 1-4 p.m.: Come on out and enjoy live music at the KT Base Bar.

Ski with Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m.: Ski with Chief Mountain Host and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m., meet at Gold Coast Demo Center

Movie showing of Jeremy Jones’ “Deeper" and  "Further,” at the Squaw Valley Conference Center, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Squaw Valley athlete, Jeremy Jones, is a mountain man to the core. Witness his epic excursion to the most remote mountain ranges in the world in his snowboard movie trilogy - Deeper and Further, the first two installments. Meet Jeremy and other incredible athletes during the two showings at Squaw Valley Conference Center.

December 28

Dawn Patrol, 7:40 a.m., meets at Tram Building: a unique early morning mountain experience with exclusive access to untouched corduroy or fresh powder depending on the weather.

Live Music at the KT Base Bar, 1-4 p.m.: Come on out and enjoy live music at the KT Base Bar.

Ski with Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m.: Ski with Chief Mountain Host and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m., meet at Gold Coast Demo Center.

Guided Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, 5 p.m., leaves from High Camp: Explore Squaw Valley during the spectacular full moon. Experienced guides will lead snowshoe tours to spectacular moonlit views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountain peaks. Fun for all ages and includes rentals. For reservations, call 800-403-0206.

December 29

Dawn Patrol, 7:40 a.m., meets at Tram Building: Building  a unique early morning mountain experience with exclusive access to untouched corduroy or fresh powder depending on the weather.

Live Music at the KT Base Bar, 1-4 p.m.: Come on out and enjoy live music at the KT Base Bar.

Ski with Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m.: Ski with Chief Mountain Host and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m., meet at Gold Coast Demo Center

Guided Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, 5 p.m. leaves from High Camp: Explore Squaw Valley during the spectacular full moon. Experienced guides will lead snowshoe tours to spectacular moonlit views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountain peaks. Fun for all ages and includes rentals. For reservations, call 800-403-0206.

Movie showing of Jeremy Jones’ "Deeper" and "Further," at the Squaw Valley Conference Center, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Squaw Valley athlete, Jeremy Jones, is a mountain man to the core. Witness his epic excursion to the most remote mountain ranges in the world in his snowboard movie trilogy - Deeper and Further, the first two installments. Meet Jeremy and other incredible athletes during the two showings at Squaw Valley Conference Center.


Holiday Dinner at High Camp, 6-8:30 p.m.: Those looking to enjoy a delicious dinner in a breath taking setting can ride Squaw's Aerial Tram to dinner at High Camp, el. 8200 feet. This holiday season, enjoy a traditional holiday buffet dinner with Caesar salad, lobster bisque, braised pork shoulder and miso marinated fish served at The Terrace, a premiere Lake Tahoe restaurant, located at High Camp. Dinner is $44 for adults and $29 for children 12 and under, not including Tram ticket. 

December 30

Live Music at the KT Base Bar, 1-4 p.m.: Come on out and enjoy live music at the KT Base Bar.

Ski with Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m.: Ski with Chief Mountain Host and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m., meet at Gold Coast Demo Center.

Holiday Dinner at High Camp, 6-8:30 p.m.: Those looking to enjoy a delicious dinner in a breath taking setting can ride Squaw's Aerial Tram to dinner at High Camp, el. 8200 feet. This holiday season, enjoy a traditional holiday buffet dinner with Caesar salad, lobster bisque, braised pork shoulder and miso marinated fish served at The Terrace, a premiere Lake Tahoe restaurant, located at High Camp. Dinner is $44 for adults and $29 for children 12 and under, not including Tram ticket. 

December 31

Family East Coast New Year’s Eve Toast at High Camp: Ring in the new year with your family at High Camp. Ride the Aerial Tram to a buffet dinner and an East Coast toast at 9 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and reservations are required. Price is $59 for adults and $26 for children. Does not include Aerial Tram ticket.

Ski with Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m.: Ski with Chief Mountain Host and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley, 2-4 p.m., meet at Gold Coast Demo Center.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks, 9 p.m., KT Base Bar: Come on out and enjoy live music and fireworks at the KT Base Bar.

New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Olympic House: DJ’s and live band including DJ set by Mancub in Bar One and live music by NVO in Plaza Bar. Must be 21 and older.

Schedule of holiday events at Alpine Meadows:

December 22-25

Holiday Celebrations at Alpine Meadows
Take a lap with Santa on the slopes, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and enjoy festive music, 2 – 5 p.m. at the Last Chair Bar & Restaurant:

  • December 22: Peter Joseph Burtt Trio
  • December 23: Jelly Bread Trio
  • December 24: Todd Hollway

December 26-31

Ski with Jonny Moseley
Ski and ride with Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley December 26-31. Meet Jonny at the bottom of Summit Six at 9 a.m. for a two-hour mountain tour.

December 31

Apres Ski New Year’s Celebration 
Celebrate new beginnings at the Alpine Bar this New Year’s Eve.  This après party is the perfect way to jump-start the countdown to midnight.  Featuring festive cocktails and live music, the Apres Ski New Year’s party invites skiers and riders to celebrate a resolution, bid 2012 farewell, and ring in 2013. Music from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Alpine Bar

post #13 of 22

I've never done Dawn Patrol before.  Thought about it a few times.  Worth the money on the right day?

post #14 of 22
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I have not done it yet. A friend who did said it was good. It also can get you to Silverado earlier than anyone else from the bottom. Prepare to be hated by everyone in the first tram box up. So yes, on the right day it should be well worth it. I am not sure what the competition for those spaces is on the right day though...
post #15 of 22
How long does it take for the season pass to be mailed to the Bay Area. I need the pass before Friday of next week. I am leaving for whistler on sunday. the website says that it could take up to two weeks!!!!
post #16 of 22

Call them. But I thought they were doing them in person only.

post #17 of 22

I see Squaw's sister resort, Whistler Blackcombe, offers $323 return airfares (including taxes)  from Los Angeles to and from Whistler and there's a 5 night lift/lodging deal from $110 pp/per night. Hmmm, I have friends with a house at WB. I think i saw a deal with 2 free day passes at WB too.

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For some who may be interested in activities different from the usual sort, here are two upcoming events for the Squaw Valley Institute:

 

 

From Surf to Mountain Peaks, Upcoming Squaw Valley Institute Events Sure to Inspire  

Bethany Hamilton and Author Cheryl Strayed to Speak at Squaw Valley 

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] December 14, 2012 – A professional surfer who achieves her dreams in despite of a shark attack that resulted in the loss of an arm, and a New York Times #1 bestselling author chronicles the impetus and discoveries on an 1,100 mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail.  These are the topics of three upcoming Squaw Valley Institute events taking place in the North Lake Tahoe region.  The celebrities behind the stories appearing at these lectures include Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton, on December 22 at Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley, and author of Wild, Cheryl Strayed, on January 13 at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn.  Both lectures include a book or DVD signing; tickets are now available at www.squawvalleyinstitute.org. At the December 22 lecture, Squaw Valley athlete Jeremy Jones also will be presenting one lucky raffle winner with a signed Jones snowboard, signed by both Bethany Hamilton and Jeremy Jones. 

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith and determination.  Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age. At the age of eight, Bethany entered her first surf competition, the Rell Sun Menehune event on Oahu, where she won both the short and long board divisions. At the age of thirteen, on October 31, 2003, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over sixty-percent of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery.

Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. In January of 2004, Bethany made her return to surf competition; placing 5th in the Open Women’s division of that contest.  Just over a year after the attack she took 1st place in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships – winning her first National Title. Her story was turned into the movie, Soul Surfer. 

In January, best-selling author Cheryl Strayed comes to speak about her book, Wild, an award-winning memoir of her eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything when her mother died young of cancer.  In the aftermath of this loss, her family scattered, her marriage was soon destroyed, and slowly her life unraveled. Four years after her mother's death, with nothing more to lose, Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker--indeed, she'd never gone backpacking before her first night on the trail. Her trek was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.   Strayed faced down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and intense loneliness of the trail.

In addition to this bestseller, Strayed is the author of Tiny Beautiful Things and the novel, Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. It has been optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company, Pacific Standard. IndieBound selected WILD as their #1 Indie Next pick for April, Barnes and Noble named it a "Discover Great New Writers" pick on their Summer 2012 list, and Amazon named it a "Best of March" pick. 

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I've never done Dawn Patrol before.  Thought about it a few times.  Worth the money on the right day?

It maybe different if it is not free. I did it a few times mostly under normal condition when it was free for Gold Pass. I thought it still tracked out quite fast and there weren't that many people. You can also take the first run down mountain run but you have to time it correctly because sometimes the Funitel opens early.

post #20 of 22
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Squaw Valley kicks off the resort's new Last Chair Music Festival.  According to a press release, the first two weekends of January will have live music on Friday and Saturday nights in the Squaw Valley Conference Center including live DJ sets by Passion Pit, Foster the People and Bonobo, and a live concert by LETTUCE.

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Free Avalanche Awareness Clinic at Squaw this weekend:

 

post #22 of 22
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Bay Area Shells have a Squaw lit ticket deal.  if you buy 10 gal of gas or more, you get a voucher good for "buy 1 get 1 free" lift ticket at Squaw/Alpine good midweek (Tue-Thu).

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