Squaw Valley USA launched a new breakfast and first tracks program during the holidays. The new Dawn Patrol program continues to be offered this winter on weekends.

Dawn Patrol offers a unique chance to watch the sunrise, enjoy a gourmet breakfast at Squaw Valley's High Camp, and grab freshies before lifts are open to the public. Skiers and snowboarders can finish their first tracks by being first in line to load Granite Chief, while others are still working their way up the mountain.

Participants in Dawn Patrol take the Cable Car up to High Camp at 7:40 a.m. You can ski first or eat first. Skiers and snowboarder in Dawn Patrol get first runs 8-9 a.m. on Shirley Lake while breakfast is served at High Camp until 10 a.m.

Early runs available in Shirley Lake's 200 acres include virgin corduroy, tree runs, and the Shirley Chutes. Participants in Dawn Patrol catch the Links Chair from High Camp to access Shirley Lake, where they have exclusive use of the terrain and lift until it opens to the public.

The gourmet breakfast buffet served in the Terrace Room overlooking Lake Tahoe runs from 7:45-10 a.m. The spread includes fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee, French toast, and made-to-order omelets.

Dawn Patrol, which costs $49, and is limited to 150 participants per day. The price does not include a lift ticket, which is needed in addition to the Dawn Patrol ticket.

The program is available for purchase online or at tickets windows. Online tickets must be bought by 3 p.m. on the day prior to the reservation. Tickets, if any remain available, can be purchased at 7:30 in the morning inside the Cable Car building. The resort anticipates putting the status of availability of last minute tickets online.

High Camp Breakfast and Cable Car packages are also available for purchase for those who don't want to ski. These tickets can access High Camp starting when the lifts open at 9 a.m.

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