by: Rob - 23rd April 2013

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  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 2Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Good Terrain
Can't access terrain because they don't run lifts

Full review

Squaw Valley has been going downhill since KSL took ownership 2 years ago. Lift operations are terrible and lifts are constantly closed because they don't want to spend money to run them. The mountain closed earlier this year than any other previous year when there is still plenty of great spring snow. Yet, they advertise themselves as the "spring skiing capital." As of 4/22/13, there are currently 21 other resorts open in the US and Squaw is closed. You call that a "capital?" I've been skiing Squaw Valley regularly for 33 years. Days per season range from about 20 to 65. This is the first season I have not skied Broken Arrow chair because it did not run on any of the 31 days I skied this year. The lift serves some great terrain yet mountain operations wouldn't run it in spite of many complaints. On a powder day, expect lift lines of 45 minutes. Squaw lowered pass prices but did nothing to improve lift access for intermediate and above skiers. As a result, long lines. Last weekend I skied and, once again, lifts that had great coverage such as Siberia Express did not run. Long lines resulted at other lifts such as Granite Chief. Very frustrating. Save your money and travel elsewhere unless you like skiing a resort that doesn't run their lifts and has long lift lines.
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